BOXING coaches from across the Chris Hani District have been equipped with new skills to strengthen them in their efforts to develop the sport and produce quality boxers able to compete nationally. Organiser from the department of sport, recreation, arts and culture (DSRAC) Dolly Sigwili said: “The education of coaches is one of the Eastern Cape Academy of Sport programmes to assist sport federations. We invited coaches within the district and they were given manuals before writing a test.
“They were excited and promised to utilise the skills they obtained from this training. ”Boxing facilitator Khangelani Jack from East London said the workshop was a success. “I could see the coaches were all excited because they were learning things they did not know. “The rules in boxing have changed and the way we train amateurs is different from before.
“In the past, the sport used to follow its own rules and regulations but now we have to work according to the South African constitution. ”Jack said the workshop would assist local coaches to prepare their boxers for the national boxing championships in Pretoria next week.
“The training included nutrition, exercises and testing for the amateurs. We looked at the boxers’ diets because they affect their performance. We also want the coaches to be able to make boxing fun for children. “We have also introduced medical people to help us so we can promote safety.”