APPG Boxing meeting with Mims Davies MP (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Sport and Civil Society) on Wednesday 10th July 2019

The next meeting of the APPG Boxing will take place between 430pm - 530pm on Wednesday 10th July 2019 in Room W2, Westminster Hall.

We are delighted to have Mims Davies MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Sport and Civil Society, speaking at the meeting.  Ms Davies was appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on 5 November 2018; and was previously Assistant Government Whip from January 2018 to November 2018, and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Wales from July 2018 to November 2018. In July 2016, Ms Davies was appointed as PPS to the then Digital and Culture Minister, Matt Hancock. Following the 2017 General Election, she was made PPS to Sajid Javid as Communities and Local Government Secretary. She has also served as a member of the Women and Equalities Committee and the Joint Committee on Consolidation Bills. 

Ms Davies will be focusing on the following topics at the meeting:

  • Overview of DCMS strategic objectives for boxing (DCMS Single Departmental Plan);

  • Benefits of boxing to Women and tackling inequality;

  • Developing elite and grass roots boxing in the UK;

  • Planning for the Olympic (Tokyo 2020 and Paris 2024) and Commonwealth Games (Birmingham 2022): and

  • Proposals to increase participation in boxing.

Please RSVP to murray.stewart@tfa-ltd.co.uk or call on 07557 805505 at your earliest convenience.

APPG Boxing meeting focusing on Women in Boxing on Tuesday 21st May 2019

The next APPG Boxing meeting on Tuesday 21st May 2019 at 11am in Room C, 1 Parliament Street will focus on women in boxing: exploring how we can increase representation of women in boxing going forward (including training, coaching, mentoring and governance) and on driving participation and growth through strong female "role models" from grass roots to elite boxing. 

We are pleased to announce that we have a talented and diverse panel of six speakers joining us for this event: 

Amanda Coulson National Development Coach, former Elite World Quarter finalist, 3 time EU silver medallist and 4 times National Champion.

Gemma Richardson World Champion (Youth), European Champion, National Champion.

Simran Kaur World Quarter finalist (Youth), European Silver medallist, National Champion.

Nasreen Anderson This Girl Can campaign, lawyer and under 51kg Scottish Champion.

Tracy Brabin MP Shadow Education Minister (Early Years). 

Hilary Lissenden England Boxing’s first female Boxing Director and co-founder of London Community Boxing.

If you would like to join us at our next meeting, please contact  murray.stewart@tfa-ltd.co.uk or call on 07557 805 505. 

APPG Boxing meeting on Wednesday 27th March 2019 focusing on boxing and promoting well-being and positive mental health

The next meeting of the APPG Boxing will take place on Wednesday 27th March 2019 between 10.30am - 12.30pm in Room C, 1 Parliament Street, focusing on mental health and boxing, exploring (1) the links between boxing and mental health and well-being, including whether boxing can / should be seen as an effective way of improving mental health, (2) examples of how boxing programmes can be used to improve mental health in the community and measuring the effectiveness of boxing compared to other sports, and (3) how boxing can help to support wider health and social policy objectives across Government.

We are delighted to have Jackie Doyle-Price MP (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Mental Health, Inequalities and Suicide Prevention), Dr Rosena Allin-Khan MP (Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) (Sport), and boxing twin brothers Jamie McDonnell (former English, British,Commonwealth European, IBF world champion and WBA world Bantamweight Champion) and Gavin McDonnell of TeamMac #FightForGood CIC as our panel speakers.

If you would like to attend our next meeting on Wednesday 27th March, please RSVP to murray.stewart@tfa-ltd.co.uk or call: 07557 805 505 for more information.


APPG Boxing meeting focusing on positive mental health and wellbeing with Frank Bruno MBE - 12th December 2018 - Summary

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The APPG on Boxing meeting on 12th December 2018 with Frank Bruno MBE, John Urwin (Frank Bruno Foundation) and Emma Boggis (Sport And Recreation Alliance) focused on how boxing and sport more generally can be used as an effective tool to promote positive mental health and well-being.

The minutes from the meeting can be found here.

APPG Boxing meeting with Frank Bruno MBE on Wednesday 12th December 2018 focusing on boxing and promoting well-being and positive mental health

The Group’s next meeting will be held on Wednesday 12th December between 11.30am - 12.30pm.

Founded in 2011, the APPG on Boxing seeks to demonstrate the benefits of boxing to Government, decision-makers and wider society. The Group actively participates in the Parliamentary and policy debate on boxing; encourages greater dialogue between boxing stakeholders and Parliamentarians across all sides of the House; and effectively engages with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and other Government departments to promote boxing in the UK. More information on the APPG can be found on our website here.

The next meeting on 12th December will focus on mental health and boxing, exploring (1) the links between boxing and mental health and well-being, including whether boxing can / should be seen as an effective way of improving mental health, (2) examples of how boxing programmes can be used to improve mental health in the community and measuring the effectiveness of boxing compared to other sports, and (3) how boxing can help to support wider health and social policy objectives across Government.

We are delighted to have former professional boxer and WBC Heavyweight Champion Frank Bruno MBE join us to speak at the event. Since retiring, Frank has set up the Frank Bruno Foundation which plans to open a centre that will provide a base for structured non-contact boxing sessions and well-being programmes for anyone over the age of 10 who are experiencing problems with mental ill health. Frank will be joined by John Urwin, who will speak about the work that the Foundation is doing.

Finally, Emma Boggis, Chief Executive of the Sport and Recreation Alliance has kindly agreed to speak at the meeting on the wider links between sport, physical activity and mental health. The Sport and Recreation Alliance have created the Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation, in conjunction with the Professional Players Federation and the mental health charity Mind, The Charter aims to embed mental health within the sport and recreation sector and help create a culture shift in wider society that removes the stigma around mental health.

If you would like to attend our next meeting on Wednesday 12th December, please RSVP to will.thomson@tfa-ltd.co.uk or call 07557 547 490 for more information.

APPG Boxing meeting on Tuesday 13th November 2018 focusing on boxing and crime reduction, rehabilitation and supporting wider social policy objectives across Government

The next meeting will take place on Tuesday 13th November between 11.30am - 12.30pm.

Following Professor Rosie Meek's Independent Review of Sport in Youth and Adult Prisons (published on 11th August 2018), the meeting will focus on (1) boxing and prisons, crime reduction, rehabilitation and supporting wider social policy objectives across Government and (2) evidence about the positive effects that boxing can have as an intervention for young people at risk of crime, violence and social exclusion.

We are delighted to have the following speakers join us for this event:

  • Dr Philip Lee MP, former Youth Justice, Victims, Female Offenders & Offender Health Minister

  • Barry Hearn,  Chairman, Matchroom Sport

  • Rupert Reid, Director of Research and Strategy at Policy Exchange

  • Andy Reed OBE, Co-Founder and Director at Sports Think Tank

  • James Baderman, Chief Operating Officer at Fight for Peace

  • Matt Harris, Midlands Area Representative Steward of the British Board of Boxing Control

If you would like to attend on 13th November, please RSVP to will.thomson@tfa-ltd.co.uk or call 07557 547 490 for more information.

APPG on Boxing - AGM Minutes and Updated Programme of Activity

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The APPG on Boxing held its AGM on 10th July 2018. During the meeting a programme of activity for Q3/Q4 2018 was agreed and new APPG Officials were elected from the Parliamentary membership.

The following officers were elected to the APPG on Boxing:

  • Chris Evans MP (Chair)

  • Alex Burghart MP (Vice Chair)

  • Jonathan Djanogly MP (Vice Chair)

  • David TC Davies MP (Vice Chair)

  • John Spellar MP (Vice Chair)

The minutes from the meeting can be accessed here.

The updated Programme of Activity for Q3/Q4 2018 can be viewed here.

The APPG's financial statement for the year 2017-18 can be accessed here.

APPG on Boxing AGM on Tuesday 10th July 2018

The APPG on Boxing AGM will be taking place between 11.30am - 12.30pm on Tuesday 10th July.

Since reforming after the 2017 General Election, the Group has held meetings focusing on key issues such as how to increase representation and participation of women in boxing, as well as how boxing can act as a social intervention for young people affected by crime, violence and social exclusion. 

The Group has also hosted a range of speakers including former professional boxer Clinton Woods, Shadow Sports Minister Dr. Rosena Allin-Khan MP, professional boxer Tasha Jonas, and most recently British boxing legend Ricky Hatton.

The AGM on 10th July 2018 will seek to elect the Parliamentary office holders and agree on the Group’s activities for the year ahead. During the next 12 months, the APPG will be holding regular meetings when Parliament is sitting, and it plans to examine key issues including the social impacts of grassroots boxing; boxing and mental health; supporting boxing at all levels in the UK; and safety in boxing. Indeed the Group’s next meeting on 10th July at 11.30 will discuss the future programme of work for Q3 and Q4 2018:

Suggested discussion topics:

  • Social impacts of grassroots boxing
  • Boxing and mental health
  • Supporting boxing at all levels  in the UK
  • Safety in boxing
  • Unregulated and unlicensed boxing
  • Boxing and fitness / tackling obesity

Suggested events/activity:

  • Christmas Winter Reception  
  • Visits to boxing clubs
  • Hosting a boxing training session in Parliament
  • Roundtable lunches / panel debates  

If you would like to attend, please to email will.thomson@tfa-ltd.co.uk for more information.

APPG on Boxing Summer Dinner Event with Guest Speaker Ricky Hatton

On Monday 4th June the APPG on Boxing hosted its first Summer Dinner in the Houses of Parliament. The event was sponsored by William Hill and StubHub.

The dinner bought together our Parliamentary and Corporate members to celebrate boxing and discuss how we can build greater profile for the sport at all levels in Government and across the UK.

We were delighted to have former professional boxer Ricky Hatton MBE join us as our keynote speaker for the event. Ricky has been lauded as one of the most beloved and popular British boxers of all time, having held multiple world championships at light-welterweight and one at welterweight.

After the speech, Spencer Oliver - former boxer, Sky Sports pundit and host of the Pound for Pound Podcast with Jake Wood - chaired a Q&A session with Ricky to open the discussion to the membership, covering a range of issues and topics relating to the sport.