EMTEP was established in 2003 by BME individuals in their early twenties who wished to address issues that impactedyoung people and the wider community. EMTEP have worked collaboratively with Natural Progression Boxing Academy in establishing clear routes into boxing for those from disadvantaged communities.
Coach Imran explains ‘You’re only a stranger here once’ which really encapsulates the ethos and welcoming environment of the club, regardless of race, size, boxing competence or physical fitness - there is a place for each and every personwho walks through the doors. The playing programme ensures the development and progression of members through intense training, dietary advice and general confidence building, allowing allow participants to flourish in the sport of boxing. ‘The guys in here work really hard, they work as though they are professional boxers’ Imran explains, underlining the commitment and dedication of club members.
Inclusivity is enforced by the club and is without a doubt a key aspect of the club’s culture. Exemplified by challenging the social norm which sees boxing as a male sport, the club welcomes female members, everyone is treated with the same level of respect regardless of gender, allowing new members to easily integrate into the club upon joining.
Togetherness and cooperation is ever-present within the Natural Progression Boxing Academy - as conveyed by member James Kilvington, ‘When you’re fighting, it’s not like you’re fighting on your own, you’ve always got a good team behind you’. A consistent smile on the face of all club members proves the amicable, supportive and inclusive environment within the club. EMTEP is really are leading by example, ensuring their offer has been adapted to suit to their club members!
Watch the video below to find out more about EMTEP’s success with creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for its members:
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