The one and two-star AIBA Coach, one-star AIBA R&J and GlovesUp courses will offer more than 190 places to those looking to advance and sustain their careers within the sport, with the 2017 South African National Boxing Championships providing the opportunity for practical assessment. South Africa will host representatives of Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana and Zimbabwe for the courses, helping contribute to a broader raising of standards among the extended AIBA Family.
“Since we hosted the opening event for Year of Africa, we have watched the tremendous impact that the project has been having on boxing’s profile both in South Africa and beyond. AIBA has brought the knowledge to our doorstep and with it a unique opportunity for African boxing and it needs to be seized with both hands,” said SANABO President Andile Mofu.
With a host of courses aimed at all elements of the AIBA Family, including the new, entry-level GlovesUp programme, the South Africa leg will put even greater focus on the benefits the sport brings to young people through a number of education sessions in local schools. In total across the year, more than 4,800 certified course places will be on offer, while the Year of Africa aims to help boxing reach a new audience of more than 750,000 people.