Boxing champ steps into the ring

Boxing champ steps into the ring

Former world champion boxer Barry McGuigan has opened a new £5m college sports centre in Berkshire.

The boxing legend joined East Berkshire College principal Katie Webb and chair of governors Tony Dixon at the opening ceremony, and later made time to sign autographs, answer questions and give advice to young boxers.

He said: “The college is doing some great work here and the new facilities will enable more young people in this area to get involved in sports like boxing.”

Visitors to the opening had the chance to watch and to take part in a variety of activities that showcased the centre’s facilities, including five-a-side football, a street-dance class and a series of boxing demonstrations.

Sports students on the college’s coaching course also ran a football skills session for schoolchildren.

Featured image caption: From left: boxing coach Ian Bailey, students Shahid Hussain, Muzammil Adam, both 16, Karol Zielinski, 19, and Ihsan Kahn, 16, with boxing legend Barry McGuigan at the new £5m Sports Centre at East Berkshire College