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


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 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 or call 07557 547 490 for more information.

APPG on Boxing - AGM Minutes and Updated Programme of Activity


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 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.

APPG Boxing Meeting on Crime Reduction and Social Inclusion - Summary Note

The meeting on the 24th April 2018 covered a wide range of issues related to boxing and the impact that the sport can have to promote desistance from crime.

APPG members, Angela Gault (Boxing Futures) and Martin Bisp (Empire Fighting Change) opened proceedings with some information about the boxing programmes that their organisations run and some how these have had a positive impact on young people at risk of violence and social exclusion.

The panel discussion began with Anna Cain, Principal of the Boxing Academy, talking about the Boxing Academy as an alternative provision free school which uses boxing to help young people between 14-16 who have been excluded from main stream education.

Dr Deborah Jump, Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Manchester Metropolitan University, spoke about her academic research looking at why boxing promotes disistance from crime, especially in young men.

Shadow Sports Minister, Dr Rosena Allin-Kahn MP, shared some of her experiences as a boxer and trauma doctor who has seen the positive impact that the sport can have on people who have been affected by gangs, violence and social exclusion.

Alex LeVey from the Centre for Social Justice discussed what policy levers could be used to promote boxing as a social intervention in disadvantaged communities.

Finally, Dr Stephen Hills, Senior Lecturer in Sport Management at London Metropolitan University, discussed ways that research could be used to gather a strong evidence-base for the impact of boxing on communities.

The panel was followed by an open discussion with members of the group covering:

  • What could be done by policymakers to bring boxing programmes into prisons.
  • How best to measure the impacts that boxing clubs have on community cohesion.
  • The importance of the good coaches and role models when it comes to boxing and young people at risk of violence and social exclusion; it is as much about building positive relationships for these kids as it is about the sport itself.
  • Boxing can be used as a hook to get young people on the right path; it can be seen as an analogy that teaches them how to deal with situations outside of the ring.
  • The importance of making this discussion relevant to the wider policy agenda if we want to affect change and promote boxing as a positive intervention that should be supported by government.
  • The APPG would take evidence from members on this issue and prepare a letter to submit to the Sport Minister, Tracey Crouch MP, and the DCMS Committee. 

For minutes from the meeting and additional reading materials, head here.

APPG Boxing meeting on Tuesday 24th April 2018 focusing on crime reduction and social inclusion

The Group's next meeting will take place on Tuesday 24th April between 10.00 - 11.00.

The meeting will focus on positive examples of boxing helping young people in deprived communities affected by crime, violence and social exclusion. There are numerous boxing charities and organisations that provide systems of support and mentoring for children and young adults who are at risk of falling into crime and gang culture - this meeting seeks to explore why and how boxing is successful in helping to combat anti-social behavioural problems in young people from deprived communities.

With a current DCMS Select Committee inquiry into the social impact of participation in culture and sport, we think that it is the perfect opportunity to bring interested stakeholders together to discuss and examine:

  1. How boxing programmes can demonstrate positive social impact with regard to crime reduction, social mobility, education, community engagement and diversity?
  2. What are the examples of best practice, and how can these be shared effectively?
  3. What can policymakers do to facilitate and promote boxing programmes that are effective in helping children and young people at risk from crime, violence and social exclusion?

The meeting will include opening presentations from two members of the APPG running charities that use boxing programmes to help young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, followed by a panel response and an open discussion with members of the audience.



  • Anna Cain - Principal, The Boxing Academy
  • Dr Deborah Jump - Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Dr Rosena Allin-Khan MP - Shadow Sports Minister
  • Alex LeVey - Centre for Social Justice 

If you would like to attend the meeting, please get in touch with or call 07557 547 490 for more information.

APPG Boxing Meeting - 30th January

Many thanks to Tasha Jonas, Hilary Lissenden and Heather Smith who spoke at our last meeting focusing on women in boxing. It was our best attended meeting yet and we covered some really important issues surrounding female representation and participation in boxing and sport more generally.

Key Points:

  • Boxing has traditionally been seen as very male focused and male dominated – a sport that isn’t necessarily for women. However, this notion is slowly changing and there is momentum behind various campaigns – such as This Girl Can – to try and shift these attitudes.
  • Boxing encourages the development of a variety of “soft skills”– focus, drive, confidence, resilience. These are the positive stories that can to be told to help bring more people into the sport.
  • Nationwide, there is a stark gap between male and females participating in sport once a week – around a 1.5m difference.
  • This problem is deep-rooted in our society: research has shown that gendered attitudes towards sport are formed at ages of seven to eight years old.
  • For adult women, fear of judgement is a significant barrier to participation: a fear of not knowing what you are doing, not having the right gear, not knowing the rules, not fitting in.
  • Campaigns like This Girl Can aim to normalise the idea of women getting active and playing sport to show that all the things women worry about are completely normal.
  • Aside from issues around participation in the sport, boxing also suffers from a lack of female representation in its underlying structures – for example, there is a real lack of female coaches and female officials. This is something that can be remedied through better diversity training and the introduction of positive action initiatives.
  • Role models and mentors are incredibly important in paving the way for more young women to enter into sports such as boxing.
  • Ultimately, boxing needs to take more responsibility to introduce formal structures that will provide a pathway for girls and women to participate in the sport, and for them to feel supported as they do so.

For more information head here to find notes from Hilary Lissenden and Heather Smith, as well as the minutes from the meeting.

More details of our next meeting will be released soon.