Cannons Creek Boxing Academy (CCBA) has received a grant from NZCT of $25,000 to cover salaries for a Head Female Coach, an Assistant Female Coach, and an Academy Manager.
Academy Manager Ioane Washburn says, “CCBA currently engages with over 100 tamariki and rangatahi twice weekly through our membership classes, and up to 200 young people with our Champions Begin Program for schools, alternative education, and community partners during school hours.”
“There is a misconception that CCBA is just another run of the mill boxing gym. CCBA is more than that. Our programs focus on young people, to provide a safe environment for them to develop positive values, life skills and relationships, improve their confidence and self-esteem and encourage the attitude of serving their community”, Washburn adds.
“We separate our boys and girls classes after school and quite often in our day classes as well. The Head Female Coach looks after the girls classes, while the Head Male Coach looks after the boys. The Assistant Coaches work alongside the Head Coaches to deliver the classes.”
“All coaches hold, at a minimum a Probationary Boxing Coaches Licence and are involved in the community. They can often be found at community events in Cannons Creek or the wider Porirua area. Coaches also attend tournaments during the weekend and have a busy boxing calendar for 2023.”