College welcomes ex-British champion

Amanda Coulson with East Riding College students
Amanda Coulson with East Riding College students

Students at East Riding College were inspired by a visit from Great Britain boxing star Amanda Coulson to one of their sports sessions.

The former Amateur Boxing Association British champion coached learners and took part in a question and answer session during one of their weekly boxing coaching sessions at Bridlington Sports Centre.

It formed part of the College’s Active! scheme, which aims to encourage students who are less likely to play sport to take part in regular exercise.

The visit was made possible by Sportivate, a National Lottery-funded Olympic and Paralympic legacy initiative, which funds the boxing sessions which are delivered at the college by Damian Grant from Bridlington Amateur Boxing Club.

It follows on from the official opening of a new all-weather sports facility at the Bridlington campus by Olympic long jumper Chris Tomlinson in November.

Student Jess Chadwick, 18, from Bridlington, said: “It was great to have an elite athlete come and visit us and hear about how she has made it in what was once a male-dominated sport.”

Another student, Kyle Matthews, 17, also from Bridlington, said: “It was good to get some coaching from someone that knows the sport inside out and is now involved with coaching elite performers herself.”

Lecturer Alex Bell said: “The college has been fortunate to have two elite athletes visit in the same month. The learners have enjoyed the Q&A sessions and the coaching advice given, and have been able to get a real insight into the life of a world champion performer.”

Coulson said: “I really enjoyed visiting this exciting Sportivate boxing project at East Riding College. The opportunity to support such community sports programmes is a real privilege for me.

“I’m hopeful that through my experiences in competing at elite level, I can inspire all the young people to sustain their sports participation.”