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Wednesday, 03 September 2014

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Cumbrian teen's big day with Team GB boxers

Teenager Cameron Bagley hopes he’ll be a knock-out in the ring after a boxing masterclass from Olympic medallist Richie Woodhall.

Bagley was put through his paces by Team GB coaches at the British Amateur Boxing Association HQ at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield.

The opportunity came courtesy of the Cash 4 Clubs scheme which gives sports clubs in the UK the chance to win grants.

Bagley, who boxes for Cleator Moor Amateur Boxing Club, was nominated to take part by his coach Ken Moore, who praised the 15-year-old’s hard work and dedication to training.

The day began with a guided tour of the training facilities and some tips from Woodhall, who won an Olympic bronze medal at the 1988 Olympics and gold at the 1990 Commonwealth Games, before going on to win the WBC super-middleweight title.

The Whitehaven youngster then worked up a sweat on the pads with GB podium coach Bob Dillon, before an intense shadow boxing session in the official London 2012 boxing ring.

Having experienced the training first hand, Bagley then quizzed London 2012 stars Tom Stalker and Savannah Marshall about their Olympic summer.

The day finished with a chance for him to meet the rest of the Team GB boxers and watch them train.

He said: “It was a brilliant day to see where the GB squad train. The facilities and support were inspiring. I enjoyed all aspects of the day but in particular the workout with the GB coaches and the pad session with Richie Woodhall.”

Dillon said: “The boxing clubs at the grassroots will be the people that provide the next generation of Olympic boxers, so it was good to give some of the youngsters the chance to see the GB set-up and meet some of our current Olympians.”

Cash 4 Clubs is a sports funding scheme which gives clubs a chance to apply for grants to improve facilities, buy new equipment, gain coaching qualifications and generally invest in the sustainability of their club.

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