The number of people participating in Boxing each week in the UK has risen once again, according to an annual Sport England survey.
The survey shows that more people than ever are participating in some sort of boxing fitness each week throughout UK, with the total reaching over 200,000 for the third time in as many years.
Sport England also revealed that there has been an increase of just under 30,000 more people engaging in boxing in the past six months.
The increase has been largely driven by the 16-25-year-old age range, which has risen to 79,100 people participating in boxing throughout the year – massively exceeding the target set by Sport England.
The rise in female participation is another reason for the significant increase with 11,700 more women participating in boxing in the UK each year taking the total to 35,000.
Steve Mackey, Head Trainer at Hebburn Boxing and Fitness Gym puts a lot of the rise down to more women being welcomed in boxing gyms.
“In terms of participation, the doors aren’t closed now to women as they were traditionally before, and boxing did drop off for a long time.”
Mackay also feels the success British fighters such as Anthony Joshua and Sunderland-born Josh Kelly have had in the professional game has helped get more people involved with the sport.
“We’ve now got World Champions and more TV coverage,” said Mackay
“There’s more clubs opening up now and there are more people getting involved in boxing in general.”
Mackay is keen for the figures to continue rising and urges anyone who may be looking to get into the sport to go along to a local boxing gym.
“The hardest thing about boxing is going to the gym in the first place as it can be quite intimidating.
“I would say if you have got some friends who are interested [in getting involved in boxing] then come along with your friends.”