Grimsby Institute’s Boxing Academy Coordinator, Andy Cox, who also runs Grimsby Boxing Academy, has been chosen to work as Talent Development Coach for Team England. 28-year-old Andy will now be working with other Coaches and Boxers from other clubs, who are mostly still studying at school or college, to design a training programme.
He will also be running training camps and accompanying Boxers to national and international competitions. Andy said: “I’ll be initially working with Juniors, which is great, it means that I will be working with the Olympic Team for 2020 and we are already looking at the World Championships next September.
“This is something that I have been working towards since I set the boxing club up six or seven years ago. I knew I wanted to work at the top level. The training regime is as good, and in some cases, a lot better than in professional sport.
“I have a good understanding of Olympic style boxing and this is the route that I want to go down but I thought it would take me a lot longer. I work a lot of weekends, and it tends to be on a voluntary basis, so I feel it’s been a bit like doing an Apprenticeship, and now I will be getting paid for it.”
Andy, who is married with three young children, continued: “When I first went in for the final assessment, I stood in the room and all the Boxers and Coaches walked in. They’d just been on an International Tournament and I suddenly realised how big this thing was.
“There is going to be pressure with this because these young people could be Boxing at the Olympics in a few years time. This is something I love doing and I’d do it for free.
“This new role will bring respect to my role with the Boxing Academy. The fact that I’m able to go in with some pedigree and say that I’ve worked at all levels for fitness at Club, National and International Level, I’m earning my stripes as I go. A lot of Coaches work all their life and won’t get this opportunity – I think the learners really look up to that.”