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Evaluation of Billy Graham Foundation Boxing Academies

This evaluation of three boxing academies in New Zealand, led by Dr. Barrie Gordon of Wellington University, outlines their positive effect across many areas of participants’ lives.

Published in January 2018, the research describes how the academies’ focus on values and positive relationships has brought success for young people on their programmes across multiple areas.

The report reveals how the intrinsic discipline in boxing spreads to participants’ wider lifestyle, breeding improved attitudes, life skills and enabling them to break free of negative cycles.

This is a fascinating piece of research that should provoke further debate on the merits of boxing within community settings and criminal justice as a tool for behaviour change and desistance from crime.

Download and read the research in full using the link below.

Further reading: Alliance of Sport Co-Founder James Mapstone’s blog on the Government’s rejection of proposals to test boxing programmes in prisons. Read here.

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