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.