1. The Boxing Officer is a very important appointment at Unit level and wherever possible must be a commissioned officer and is normally a Late Entry Officer. This section aims to provide the Boxing Officer with all of the information required to safely and effectively manage the sport of boxing within a unit.
2. The Boxing Officer’s responsibilities are outlined below with references to the detail contained within the Aide Memoire;
a. Be aware of FRAGO 01 to OPO14/002 – The Army’s approach to Risk To Life Sport and Adventurous Training. It is the responsibility of the Boxing Officer to ensure the Commanding Officer is fully briefed on ensuring that all boxing activities must be conducted in accordance with the advice given in the FRAGO and this publication.
b. Any team undertaking boxing training must be affiliated to the Army BA. The affiliation criteria is detailed below, all aspects of the process must be completed thoroughly and an application sent to Army BA for action, any issues discovered in following the affiliation process must be addressed at this point.
Criteria for Affiliation
i. Safe Training Environment – Check Equipment and location used for training, this needs to be well lit, with enough space to conduct training safely. Equipment must be clean and serviceable – your level 2 coach will be able to help with this.
ii. Coaches Registrations – check to make sure that unit coaches qualifications are valid and have been registered with the Army BA through-out; you must have a level 2 coach.
iii. Ensure that the Health and Safety Officer has signed off all Risk Assessments that pertain to the unit boxing team.
c. Boxers’ Medicals are booked with the unit SMO; boxers may not undertake any contact boxing training until they have passed an Annual Medical.
d. Ensure all training programmes are reviewed by the Senior Coach (minimum Level 2) and RAPTCI.
e. Ensure that all sparring is supervised in an appropriate location in accordance with the advice given in Section 5 paragraph 14 and with an action plan for any serious injuries, ensure that the sparring log is completed for every session.
TRAINING AWAY FROM YOUR BOXING GYM
f. Ensure that the unit has completed all of the procedures that you have to gain your affiliation.
g. Ensure that your boxers and coaches adhere to the unit Risk Assessments and be aware of the unit Action Plan.
h. Check the club is affiliated to England Boxing by contacting Army BA.
i. If in Scotland, Ireland or Wales check the club is affiliated to the National Governing body, your boxers will not be insured if they train at a gym that is not affiliated, the Army BA should be contacted if there is any doubt.
j. Check the coaches are registered and qualified, you can do this via Army BA registrations officer 94 222 7090.
k. Coaching courses can be run at unit or regional level for both Level 1 or Level 2 qualifications. Such courses unfortunately cannot be funded by the Army BA. Boxing Officers planning a course must contact the Army BA Secretary to arrange appropriately qualified Tutors and Assessors with extensive knowledge service boxing. An application to host or run a unit or garrison coaching course can be found within Section 5 Coaching.
l. Ensure any injuries classified as SI, VSI or any fatalities are reported immediately through the Chain of Command using form 510 and inform the Army BA via email email@example.com
Military personnel only on military property.
m. Read Section 8 Event Organisation.
n. Speak to Regional Secretary to discuss dates and the availability of Officials and competition equipment.
o. Agree a date with the Commanding Officer.
p. Book venue.
q. Complete a Certificate of Assurance Application Section 8 Annex A.
r. Formally request officials support from Regional Secretary.
s. Book paramedic cover – See suggested POC for region See Section 8 Annex A1
t. Ensure there is a Ringside Physician (Dr) nominated for your event.
u. Send a copy of the Administrative Instruction to Regional Secretary and copy to Army BA.
Events involving civilians or on civilian property
v. Boxing against civilians or on civilian property creates complications for Army BA registered personnel so early engagement with the Regional Secretary is important.
i. Events on civilian property – these must be licensed by England Boxing either directly or by the Region, this MUST be arranged by Army BA Sec.
ii. Events involving civilians on military property – permission to include the civilian boxers must be sought from the England Boxing Region by Army BA.
iii. Military Boxers competing on civilian shows – A letter must be provided by the Commanding Officer to put the boxers ON DUTY this can be found at Annex C to Section 8 this is to be copied to Army BA.
For all of the above the officials and the coaches must be registered with England Boxing and this involves having an in date DBS, this can take up to 12 weeks; there is no short cut to this and must be adhered to; see Section 7 para 16 onwards.
TRAINING AND COMPETING OVERSEAS
w. For events overseas Read Section 8 Annex B and then contact the ARMY BA Secretary on 94 222 7089 as permission must be sought from Army Sports Control Board via an Overseas Visit Application (2017DIN10-025).
x. Once permission from ASCB is granted Boxing Officers must complete the Permission to Box Abroad Application at Section 8 Annex C/1 this is for England Boxing to authorise the trip. Boxing Officers are to note that Boxing means sparring as well as competitive boxing.