At present, the Foundation’s flagship delivery is its Education and Futsal Programme, run from the Cardiff City House of Sport
, whilst basketball, and now boxing are also available as practical alternatives to accompany the education component.
The programme will be available for 16-18 year old boys and girls, who will be working towards a BTEC Level 2 in Sport, alongside practical targets to be outlined by designated professional boxing coaches.
This week, the Foundation took a group of prospective participants along to the open day at Calzaghe’s renowned boxing gym in Newbridge.
The launch began with an open floor Q&A before attendees had a once in a lifetime opportunity to step in to the ring with the former Super Middleweight Champion of the World for a photo opportunity, and a personal meet and greet with Joe himself.
“It’s great that the Foundation offers different sports. As far as boxing goes, it’s a great sport,” Joe began. “When I was young there wasn’t this opportunity, if I didn’t succeed at boxing I don’t know what I’d do. It was difficult, but I kept dedicated and kept believing in myself.”
Speaking on the demands of the training, Joe continued: “They can expect hard work, boxing’s a hard sport – it’s not a game, it’s a sport.
“I’m looking forward to it, it’s going to be great. All I want to see is these children having that focus, and enjoying it. As long as they enjoy it, they’ll take benefits from it.”