Bradford College's Women's Boxing Programme has been shortlisted for the 2012 Podium Awards, run by the further and higher education unit for the London Olympics.
The Boxing programme has been nominated for an ‘Outstanding Sporting Project Award’ and has been instrumental in driving female participation in the sport, as well as promoting the Olympic and Paralympic values.
It was the first project of its kind to be granted the ‘Inspire mark’, the badge of the London 2012 Inspire programme, which recognises innovative and exceptional projects directly inspired by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Paul Porter, Bradford Boxing Development Officer, has been instrumental in helping the Bradford Police and College Boxing Academy go from strength to strength, along with Mally MacIver (Head Coach) and Kevin Smith (AASE Coach)
Paul Porter commenting on being shortlisted for the award said: “We’re delighted Bradford College's Women's Boxing Programme has been nominated for a prestigious Podium Award. This has been a true team effort from all concerned.’’
Paul Porter continued: “Allowing women to box in the Olympics has been the ‘final piece in the jigsaw’ and will boost female participation. There are now more than 1000 registered and competing female boxers in England and many more women training in boxing gyms throughout Britain.”
Paul concluded: “The Inspire mark is difficult to get. You have to prove you have a good quality programme, which we have. Any female boxer that joins our Academy can fulfil their true potential, with the opportunity through Bradford College to become an international class boxer.”
The award ceremony will take place on May 3 2012. For further details visit the website at: www.podiumawards2012.com/