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Boxing Clever Tom Ogg

Boxing Clever

Tom Ogg

Published September 30th 2012
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Kindle Edition
211 pages
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The principal of the LBACP was Chris Hall, a boxing coach of 30 years’ standing. The school was built around Chris’s mantra: ‘rules without relationships ain’t worth toffee’. The book explores this and how Chris’s principles of honesty, realism andMoreThe principal of the LBACP was Chris Hall, a boxing coach of 30 years’ standing. The school was built around Chris’s mantra: ‘rules without relationships ain’t worth toffee’. The book explores this and how Chris’s principles of honesty, realism and kindness guided his work. It describes how boxing as a sport was uniquely suited to foster maturity in the students. It addresses why boxers, despite often coming from very tough backgrounds, saw the boxing community as a hub of moral improvement and why this meant boxers were able to connect with the students where others had failed. The book captures the brutal reality of life on the streets for young black boys in poor areas of London such as Tottenham, where the summer riots of 2011 began. The students had to deal with gangs, ‘postcode wars’, drugs and family dysfunction. Many also struggled with illiteracy and an inability to sit quietlyfor more than a few moments. The book describes how Chris and Tom, from very different backgrounds, worked together to provide these students with an education, despite the problems. They visited students’ families in their homes and went to court to support students when they were charged with criminal offences. They built a behaviour-management system (‘the points system’), and took them on trips to Oxford University and the ballet. This is the story of Tom Ogg’s baptism of fire, fresh from university, teaching the unteachable.