Action Youth Boxing Intervention (AYBI)

AYBI coaches and peer mentors are all qualified Box England trainers. In addition, coaching staff and peer mentors between them hold a range of qualifications and expertise including fitness training, youth development mentoring and counselling. AYBI currently has three main components.


This project provides community based boxing skills training to young people involving a mixture of non-contact boxing skills and fitness training. Sessions are held on Saturdays at a local community centre and are free to attend. Through these sessions, interested young people can work towards qualifying for the Box England non-contact award programme. Once qualified, young people can act as peer mentors with AYBI and go on to develop further training qualifications.


During the longer school holidays, some low income families may find it harder to provide food and entertainment for children. Summer camps, holidays away and so on are unaffordable for many families. Fit and fed provides free holiday activities in neighbourhoods which need it most, including a variety of activities and a nutritious meal every day. AYBI has been funded to deliver Fit and Fed programmes in Camden through the HS2 Camden Fund.


AYBI has formulated a schools-based programme –AYBI Real-Talk – which is the focus of this report. The Real-Talk programme combines non-contact boxing training with group ‘circle-time’discussions and one-to-one work using a range of techniques including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT), social life skills training, motivational teamwork skills activities and goal setting.

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