Of all the sports, boxing is becoming increasingly popular and more and more people are opting to don the gloves with dreams of becoming a champion. There are plenty of boxing clubs all over the country with boxing coaches, instructors, and specialists.
These coaches are there to help budding boxers to learn more about the Noble Art. They also teach their students about physical training, boxing techniques, and can guide them towards becoming a professional boxer.
In this article, we’re looking at how you can become a boxing coach and the different courses you can take to become a boxing coach depending on the type of coaching you want to offer and whether or not you can coach without qualifications.
Can You Coach Boxing without any Qualifications?
If you’re passionate about boxing, you’ll probably feel that nothing can stop you from coaching it. However, boxing coaches have the same legal responsibilities as any other sports coach.
You can coach without a coaching qualification in the UK. However, you need to ensure that certain legal responsibilities are met in terms of health and safety, protection from abuse, insurance, transportation, and ethics. This is paramount for anyone coaching any sport.
Coaches are required to give appropriate advice and guidance and not offer any sort of advice that’s beyond their level of qualification or experience. Once you’re being paid for coaching, all these legal responsibilities will apply.
You should consider taking boxing courses, legitimising your skills as a coach, affiliating with a boxing federation, and being a consummate professional. Furthermore, this will also be a huge plus legally.
Whether you want to work in boxing gyms, boxing clubs, leisure centres, or offer private training, some professional boxing training will help and, in many cases, is obligatory for trainers.
Consider some of the following boxing coaching courses...
England Boxing Courses
Level 1 Boxing Coaching Courses
The level 1 coaching qualifications are for those wishing to coach competitive amateur boxing in England Boxing-affiliated clubs.
The courses cost £140 and last four days. To receive your certificate, you'll need to register on the Vault to an EB affiliated club, have a valid DBS, attend a safeguarding workshop, hold a first aid qualification, and pass the course.
As the name suggests, you'll need this qualification before you can move onto the other levels.
Level 2 Boxing Coaching Courses
Once you've had your level 1 coaching qualification for at least 12 months, you can move onto the level 2 qualification. The level 2 qualification will allow you to supervise sparring and subsequently move onto a level 3 qualification.
Before you can do this course, you need to have had your level 1 qualification for 12 months and be a registered member of an England Boxing-affiliated club. Much like the level 1 coaching qualification, you also need to have your safeguarding and first aid certificate, a DBS certificate, and be recorded on the England Boxing National Database and England Boxing Vault.
Find out more about how much boxing coaches earn.
Child Protection and Safeguarding Courses
As we mentioned, the previous qualifications require attendees to have completed a safeguarding workshop and be certified. Affiliated clubs who are required to have a trained welfare officer and coaches that have been trained in basic safeguarding awareness. Not only do these practices protect members, but they also ensure that clubs are better protected in the event of an incident.
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Ricky Hatton Courses
If you're interested in using boxing skills for personal training, consider the Hatton Academy Advanced Boxing Workshops. After all, a huge number of people are using boxing to get fit or get in shape rather than to get in the ring. These fitness classes are often referred to as boxing fitness and have you doing a boxing workout while working towards your fitness goals rather than dreaming of lifting the title.
The Ricky Hatton courses combine boxing training and fitness and are useful for both one-on-one training sessions and group sessions.
The Fundamentals and Advanced course is designed for those wanting to offer fitness boxing sessions. This includes high-intensity fitness boxing drills and exercises.
On the first day, you'll learn about basic techniques, combinations, and exercises. This included punching techniques and pad holding techniques, boxing combinations, speed and power drills, safety, and correcting poor form and providing advice.
On the second day of this two-day course, you'll move onto the boxing-specific techniques such as defence moves and advanced technique combinations. You'll learn how to plan your sessions for advanced users and how to tailor your sessions to your clients and how to incorporate high-intensity cardio exercises.
The third level of these courses is the elite course. This is where you'll learn how to use defensive techniques and how to incorporate them into your boxing classes. Again, you'll learn how to identify incorrect techniques and teach the correct technique to reduce the risk of injury. After all, you are their trainer and whether they're throwing punches at a heavy bag or doing a full-body workout, your job is to ensure that they don't get hurt.
In addition to the fitness boxing courses, there's also a Strength and Conditioning for Boxing course. These are for those who plan on providing boxing workouts rather than fitness training and are designed with strength training and increasing punching power.
Now you know more about becoming a boxing coach, you can start passing on your passion for boxing to aspiring champions. Whether you want to teach in a boxing gym, fitness centre, or as a private tutor, the most important thing is to enjoy what you're doing. Whether you're interested in a Muay Thai, kickboxing, or traditional boxing class, you can find someone to teach you how to box, coach, or plan a fitness class or boot camp.
You can learn more about boxing from our other articles or even get boxing tutorials from one of the many experienced and talented tutors on Superprof. There are many boxing coaches around the UK and all over the world ready to help you but you need to choose the right one and the right type of tutorials. There are three main types, face-to-face tutorials, online tutorials, and group tutorials, and each has its pros and cons.
Face-to-face tutorials are between you and a tutor and are a great option if you have very specific requirements since the tutor usually tailors their sessions to you, the student. Since you'll be getting a bespoke service, the tutor will usually put in a lot of hours outside of the sessions planning and preparing and all this extra work comes at a cost, which is why face-to-face tutorials tend to be the most costly type of private tutorials. However, they're also the most cost-effective!
Online tutorials are also just between you and the tutor but your tutor won't be physically there in the room with you. Thanks to the internet, anyone with a webcam, microphone, and decent internet connection can get tutorials from tutors all over the world at any time of the day. While these types of tutorials are better for academic subjects, with the right tutors, you can learn almost anything remotely. Since these tutors don't have to travel and can schedule more tutorials a week, they tend to charge more competitively since they have fewer outgoings and higher potential earnings.
Finally, group tutorials include several students being taught by a single tutor. Of course, you won't get lessons that are tailored to just you since the tutor has other students to think about. That said, you will benefit from all the other students also paying their share of the tutor's time, making the lessons cheaper per student per hour on average than face-to-face tutorials or online tutorials.
Think carefully about your budget, your goals, and how you like to learn before choosing your private tutor and remember that many of the tutors on Superprof also offer free tuition for the first hour. While this isn't usually a proper session, it's a good opportunity to meet your potential tutor, find out how they like to teach, see if you get along with each other, and agree on the details of your private tutorials.