Last year Charleston Academy was involved in an initiative with Boxing Scotland, The Highland Boxing Academy and Police Scotland. The aim of the initiative was to improve levels of self-confidence and to encourage a more focused engagement with school (as well as improved physical fitness.) The programme was very successful so much so that this year it has developed to become part of the enhanced curriculum at Charleston Academy. Each week the boys participating in the programme go to the Highland Boxing Gym in the Carsegate.
Throughout this session on every Tuesday afternoon a group of pupils will accompany Mr. Lees (Janitor) and Mr. Stewart (Depute Rector) to the Highland Boxing Academy. At the gym the boys (and staff) will be put through their paces by Liam Foy (Head Coach) and Alan Maclennan (Coach and Police Scotland Youth Coordinator.) The boys have been enjoying their time at the gym. There is a clear focus on physical fitness and also positive goal setting for school and beyond. A number of the older boys will be completing a Leadership Development qualification facilitated by Ami Warren (Active Schools Coordinator.) They will be taking the skills they have developed to local Primaries and Youth clubs and offer training for younger children.
The programme has been funded largely through Highland Council and Moray Firth Radio with Police Scotland and the Highland Boxing Academy important partners in this initiative. It is hoped that later this session we will be able to run a programme for girls.
Mr Gordon Stewart, Depute Rector (and former amateur boxer!)