Jamaican has been dominating track and field, they have proven to be excellent sportsmen and women therefore it is not surprising that boxing is now being looked at to be reintroduced in the schools.
Just as in track and field athletes are groomed from the schools those with an affinity for the boxing sport will soon be getting the chance to work on their skill … who knows we could have a lot more Mike McCallums coming up.
The re-introduction of boxing in schools will take centre stage for the Jamaica Boxing Board in 2016 according to its President Stephen ‘Bomber’ Jones.
The sport was once a part of the school curriculum more than 20 years ago and Jones says they have key partners, who will ensure the programme returns on solid footing.
“The mandate of the boxing board is to build from the grassroots and we know that the biggest avenue to do that will be in schools. We have the group Pride For Peace, the JDF and Youth Rise on board and they are all part of the youth development push that we have. We want to ensure that it’s not just about boxing but the overall development of the student athletes,” Jones reportedly said.