Nicola Adams to launch new boxing sessions in Sheffield

Nicola Adams Credit: Press Association

London 2012 gold medallist Nicola Adams and Britain's first ever Women's World Boxing Champion Savannah Marshall will launch a new boxing programme at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield today.

The venue, which is the home training base to both Team GB boxers, will host its first BOX class, part of a new programme by the Amateur Boxing Association of England.

Nicola , who is from Leeds, and Savannah will take time out of training at EIS Sheffield to officially open the sessions, which are aimed at boxers of all levels aged 16 and above and will run every Tuesday after the launch.

Jane Naylor, programme and development manager at EIS Sheffield, said: "We are delighted to be launching our new BOX sessions and it's great that Nicola and Savannah will be there to inspire people who may be looking to take up boxing.

"It highlights EIS Sheffield's unique ability and success in combining elite and community usage providing some of the very best facilities in the country for both Olympic and World level athletes as well as those at grassroots level.

"There will be an emphasis on learning boxing technique and skills, so who knows, these classes may even lead to the unearthing of Sheffield's next boxing Olympic gold medallist."

The BOX launch event will be followed by a ladies-only boxing session on Wednesday, January 15, which will run every Wednesday.

Tom Gilbert, England Boxing's National Programme and Participation Manager, said: "England Boxing is aware that not everyone interested in boxing wants to join a club or box competitively, and that for many people the training side is appealing but not the contact form of the sport.

"BOX aims to provide an opportunity for everyone to take part in fitness studio-based boxing and to experience the fitness, health and happiness benefits of training like a boxer."