Last Monday [6 June 2016], Sported had the pleasure of hosting Prince Harry as he paid a special visit to member club, Double Jab ABC in south east London.
The visit was to highlight the Prince’s growing involvement and public support for Sport for Development – one of four main topics that will feature prominently in the next phase of his work, alongside championing military veterans, tackling mental health issues and raising awareness about HIV.
Keen to learn more about the fantastic work of Double Jab, Prince Harry stepped into the ring with the club’s founder, Patrick Harris, and his son and lead coach, Mike Harris, to chat about the family’s boxing heritage and the important role the club has come to play in the local community.
They were joined by Hamid Vaghefian, London Regional Manager, and Sported volunteer, Keith Bates to discuss the operational and financial challenges facing community sport clubs, like Double Jab. To this end, Hamid and Keith have been working closely with Mike over the past couple of months, providing free business support and mentoring as part of Sported and England Boxing’s Box On programme (to find out more, click please here).
Double Jab prides itself on its inclusivity, as well as its championship pedigree. It offers a whole host of different training sessions to cater for everyone from the aspiring champions to the novices and keep-fitters.
One Double Jab member who has her sights set firmly on becoming a future Olympic champion is 13 year-old Shanay Robinson. During the visit, she demonstrated her boxing prowess and chatted with the Prince about the role Mike and the club has played in channeling her energy and fostering her abundant talent.
Over the coming months, Sported will continue to work alongside Prince Harry as he visits some of the thousand local sports clubs around the UK to further his understanding of how sport can be used as a platform for education, training, employment and personal development. He hopes to use his position to support the great work that is already taking place across the country to ensure that community sports groups continue to play a key role in improving the life chances of disadvantaged young people.
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