Busy period for thriving HOP

Heart of Portsmouth coaches: Aaron Pritchard, Paul Kapnisi, Brian Featherstone'HOP boxers: Mikey Ballingall, Kieran Rodden, Aaron Pritchard, Sam Ellwood

Heart of Portsmouth coaches: Aaron Pritchard, Paul Kapnisi, Brian Featherstone'HOP boxers: Mikey Ballingall, Kieran Rodden, Aaron Pritchard, Sam Ellwood

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Heart of Portsmouth begin a busy period with a string of fighters in action this weekend.

The Charter Sports Centre-based outfit have boxers on at a number of shows around the country.

As well as Joe Hunt being in minnows action and Jack Featherstone going for schoolboys success, talents will be boxing at club events.

Mikey Ballingall and Jesse Douglas will be looking for wins when they travel to Welwyn Garden City.

At the Essex Gateway Academy in Tilbury, Callum Rodden meets Billy Wilson.

Others in action include Jack Unsworth, who meets Ben Davey, and Rob Matthews, who goes in against Kieran Redding.

Terry Singh is through to the British Universities semis for HOP, too.

Heart of Portsmouth are also staging a half-term boxing camp next week.

The ABA National Awards programme is being taught at the club in partnership with the Community Initiative Programme and Portsmouth City Council.

The camp aims to promote boxing and teach the skills of the sport in a fun and recreational environment.

HOP coach Q Shillingford explained it is a frenetic time for the outfit, which is continuing to grow.

He urged parents to get their children involved with the camp, in a safe environment where they can learn the values of boxing.

Shillingford said: ‘There is a lot going on for our club at the moment – that just reflects the fact we are growing and going from strength to strength.

‘We have held very enjoyable and successful boxing camps over the past few years.

‘Every school break, HOP take the opportunity to get young people involved in an activity they have wanted to try or would not normally think of doing.’

The HOP Boxing Camp runs from Monday, February 21, to Friday, February 25.

The camp runs from 10am-midday (registration 9.45am) and costs a one-off £15 which includes lessons, booklets, certificates and medals.

For details, contact Liz Scotney on (07904) 596687 or e-mail at p.j.scotney@hotmail.com

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