New Army Boxing Coach Hopes To Take Forces Fighters To The Next Level

A former England boxing coach has left his role at the home of GB boxing in Sheffield to become a key part of the British Army's boxing...

A former England boxing coach has left his role at the home of GB boxing in Sheffield to become a key part of the British Army's boxing coaching team. 

Having spent four years in South Yorkshire, Ben Stewart is already imparting his vast knowledge to forces boxers as the Army's new lead technical coach for boxing.

Hailing from a forces family, though not military himself, he believes the set-up he's joined compares favourably with facilities at British boxing's headquarters.

He told Forces Network: "The facilities down here are fantastic. There's everything you could ask for.

"As you walk into this gym... it's just an incredible atmosphere and it sort of grabs hold of you."

"Sheffield was the only [other] gym I know that did that but I'd say it's on par [here]."

Working alongside current Army head coach Sergeant James Allen, Stewart will be looking to unleash the boxing talent from within the Army ranks.

And despite the short time he's been in his new post, he's already recognised prospective champions. He said:

"I think there's massive potential here. It really helps them having the opportunity to train full time and develop themselves."

"It's an added bonus now that they have the [improved] support network here in terms of an S&C [strength and conditioning] coach, nutritionist, psychologist.

"Everything is here. They just need to take the opportunity."

Stewart believes these improvements are already beginning to pay off, particularly amongst the Army's female boxers.

It fielded boxers in five of the eight women's categories at the England Boxing National Elite Championships finals in April.


Stewart added: "[It] is an incredible achievement. There's no single club or region across the country that has achieved that, in terms of domination. 

"What we need to do now is to make sure that we can dominate the male categories like the females... That's our aspirations moving forward."

It's hoped that Army boxers could muscle their way into contention for Commonwealth and Olympic Games selection.

And, of course, there's the small matter of trying to prise back the Inter-Services crown from the Royal Navy. Stewart added:

"The first target for us is to make sure that the trophy returns here next year.

"But we've got our sights beyond that really. We've got bigger fish to fry as well, making sure that we can make an impact on the international scene."

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