In 1978, Witney Boxing Club was formed under the guidance of the legendary Reg Marshman. The club at that time trained at Newlands Sports and Social Club in Witney. For those that ever trained there, we are sure they will agree it was bordering on a mud hut/porter cabin. It did however provide an opportunity for many to taste and experience boxing.
In 2007 the floods of Witney condemned the training premises, and at that point a decision had to be made about what to do next. A new committee was formed, a new venue found and with thanks to some sponsorship and fund support from Witney Rotary Club, new equipment was purchased. The club decided to change the name to Windrush Valley Amateur Boxing Club to encompass the geographical area rather than being town specific.
We are the only boxing club affiliated to the Amateur Boxing Association of England in West Oxfordshire. All our coaches are fully qualified through the ABAE, CRB cleared and first aid qualified. We were the fourth boxing club in England to gain Sport England Club Mark Accreditation, and have been honoured with the Queens Award for Voluntary Service.
We work hard with governing bodies and the local community to provide a stable environment, actively promoting moral values and community inclusion. We provide a regulated environment encouraging health, fitness, and well being for all involved.
We are also qualified to deliver the ASDAN cope qualification (equivalent to a level 2 GCSE), so even if you do not wish to box in the competitive arena, there are still opportunities for any age, ability or gender to get fit either mentally or physically.
But you have to start to be great.
Monday - 6pm-7pm Mini Minors (non-contact) 7pm - 8.30pm Fit to Box (11yrs +)
Tuesday - 6.30pm - 8pm Contact Sparring
Thursday - 6.30pm - 8pm Fit to Box (non-contact) & Contact Sparring
Friday - 6.30pm - 8pm Women Only Fit to Box (14yr +, Non-contact)
Sunday - 11am - 12.30pm Invitation
Seniors - £3.50
Juniors - £3.00
Ladies - £3.50
Mini Minors - £2.50
Memberships - £24.00 per year pro rata
But the Will to prepare is vital.
Steve started boxing as an amateur for Trowbridge ABC in his early teens. He joined the Army at 16 and continued to box, in those days on some occasions would have three bouts in a day. After leaving the Army he took time out from boxing to focus on his family until 1989 when he moved to Gloucester and gained his coaching qualification at Bronx ABC. In 1990 Steve moved to Bampton and started work with Reg Marshman at Witney ABC and has been with Witney/Windrush Valley ever since as Head Coach.
Dan's interest in boxing started whilst serving in the RAF some 17 years ago. He joined Windrush Valley in 2006 and qualified as a level 2 coach 3 years ago. He has won various championships in Judo and Brazilian jiu jitsu and is very focused on health and fitness. When not participating in boxing or judo, he enjoys spending time with his family.
With her dad being the head coach, Katie grew up in a boxing environment. As a level 2 coach in her own right, Katie has much respect from all in the club. She runs the women's and mini minor boxing and is heavily involved with providing access to the sport for schools. She is also one of the clubs welfare officers and has an empathy with all our members.
Chris started boxing as an amateur for Hayes in 1974. Previously worked with Witney ABC and qualified as a coach for the club in 2006. Chris enjoys cricket both as a player and an armchair supporter. He runs his own business that covers anything forestry related, from tree surgery and timber supplies to furniture making and supplying Christmas trees in the festive season.
A former amateur and professional boxer Joe joined the club for his own fitness After a few months his passion for the amateur sport was reignited and he gained his coaching qualification in 2011. Outside of boxing he runs his own security company and enjoys family life with his wife and son.
Put on your boxing gloves