We are based at The Arthur Hopcraft Gymnasium in Jubilee Walk, Three Bridges, Crawley, RH10 1 LQ. Jubilee Walk is opposite The Plough Pub on Three Bridges Road. We are close to the entrance to Three Bridges Football Club.
The first session is FREE – however everyone needs to pay a membership fee and complete a membership form on first visit for insurance purposes . Annual Junior membership is £5 and Senior boxers are £10 (Paid on your first visit). Sessions are £5 per week for Juniors, £10 per week for Seniors and £5 per session for Senior Novices. (payable on the Monday of the training week.) Lower rates are available for Students and low income families upon application to your coach and are treated in the strictest confidence.
The club is made up of a management committee comprising of President, Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Competition Secretary, Club Secretary, Club Treasurer, Kit Manager, Press Officer, Premises Manager, and committee members. The committee decides on club policies and organises forthcoming events, helps raise funds and decides on how the money is best spent. The coaching side has 12 coaches all qualified by England Boxing, and all have clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (Previously CRB). Everyone involved in the club is a volunteer and your subscriptions go to keeping the club going and making it even better.
Not a lot!! Bring your membership fee and a bottle of water (nothing fizzy). You will need to wear clothing suitable for physical exercise and appropriate footwear. The club provide all equipment to start with but once you have been coming a while it is advisable to buy your own gear. If you want to shower after your session, we have facilities for both males and females.
Boxing is a contact sport but has one of the best safety records in the world. All competitors have to have an annual medical and there has to be a doctor and oxygen present at every tournament. A 1997 study by the American Academy of Pediatrics found that the risk of head / brain injury in amateur boxing is actually lower than in football or rugby. The sport receives bad press because the objective it to hit your opponent. While this is true, the objective of an amateur boxing contest is to score more points (scoring blows) on your opponent’s scoring area – kind of like fencing with fists!! In every contest there is a qualified referee whose priority is the welfare of the boxer, and no sparring takes place in the gym without a qualified coach present. All coaches and referees also have to be trained in first aid.
No! Everyone develops at their own pace and nobody is rushed. Your coaches will advise you and discuss with you when they think you are ready to spar and box and when that time comes you will need a medical. Ultimately we are a boxing club and not a keep fit club so yours and your coaches goal will be to aim towards representing Crawley in competition. If taking a punch on the nose is really not your thing – we run keep fit classes as well with no sparring involved.