Young Bognor boxers learning about more than the noble art

Alfie Haven and Nicholas Young
Alfie Haven and Nicholas Young

Ockley ABC amateur boxer Alfie Haven is now an apprentice boxer.

The 16-year-old from Bognor has enrolled at the Advanced Apprenticeships in Sporting Excellence (AASE) south-east high performance centre at City College, Brighton.

Along with club-mate Nicholas Young, Haven looks forward to developing his boxing skills and acquiring vital academic qualifications in the sporting industry.

Head coach Faz Chitima sees a bright future ahead for the bantamweight prospect and said: “I got an email about this course and within 48 hours Alfie and Nick were already in their first interview, which shows to me how keen they are to to take thtis oppotunity.

“This is great development for the lads and they will finish the course in a position to get good employment and be well-educated, which is the way forward for lads that fully dedicate themselves to the toughest sport in the world. I’m proud of them.”

Chitimaz sees the investment in their boxers as a positive step to support them in stepping up to the next level in their amateur careers and ensure they have valuable qualifications under their belts.

AASE coach Adam Haniver recalled his first meeting with Chitima and the boxers.

“I was particularly impressed with two things - first the genuine love for boxing the club showed, and second, that Faz was especially passionate about developing his boxers as not just competitors but decent, well-rounded young adults.

“They are real examples of how young boxers should carry themselves. It’s great to see that local boxing clubs are still headstrong in instilling the disciplines that boxing can offer young people.”

AASE acts as an extension of the boxing clubs. There is regular contact to ensure the boxers are working to agreed and achievable goals to ensure their education and sporting progress is met.

“I really look forward to working closely with Ockley ABC to add support to Faz and his boxers with the aim to achieve their boxing aspirations and educating them in the field of sport science for the future.”

Chitima and some of the fighters and trainers from Riley’s Gym will be entering the BUPA Great South Run in Portsmouth in October to raise money for the children’s cancer unit after one of the daughters of the club partners, seven-year-old Issey Riley, was diagnosed with cancer.

Sponsors are asked to call 07803 064644 to contribute.