Following an extensive assessment programme, Jade Ashmore and Harris Akbar have been named in England Boxing’s first ever male and female Youth Squad, as part of the England Boxing Talent Plan (EBTP).
Jade and Harris form part of the most talented 16-18 year old boxers in England, having competed in a series of assessment camps, competitions and Open Talent Days (OTDs), to be selected for the England Youth squad.
The boxers will be part of the squad for one year and will be provided with a structured programme of development. This will include: training camps, access to high quality coaching and Sport Science expertise. They will also have the opportunity to compete at international competitions.
At the end of 12 month programme, all of the boxers in the squad will be re-assessed, along with eligible candidates from outside of the squad. Those that get through the assessment will form the next England Youth squad (for 2016-17).
Jade and Harris developed their sporting skills at the Bradford Police & College Boxing Academy, under the watchful eye of coaches Mally MacIver and Mick Gannon.
Commenting on Jade and Harris’ great achievement, Paul Porter, Bradford Boxing Development Officer said: “It’s always special to see our boxers doing well, and to see such talented young people as Jade and Harris receiving this sort of recognition makes all the work that our coaches Mally MacIver and Mick Gannon do with them worthwhile. Our conveyor belt of champions and international boxers keeps on going, and long may that continue. If they keep applying themselves as they have done so far, then maybe they can join the likes of Mo Ali, Jack Bateson and Olly Simpson on the GB Boxing squad eventually.”
The England Boxing Talent Plan will give Jade and Harris a chance to learn what it takes to train and live like an Olympian. This will create a clear pathway for the boxers to progress through the system and go on to become part of the World Class Performance Programme (WCPP) with the opportunity to compete at the Olympic Games.