Former world champion boxer Barry McGuigan visited East Berkshire College to meet budding young boxers and highlight sport as a route to learning.

The boxing legend welcomed prospective students to the College’s Barry McGuigan Boxing Academy (BMBA), signed autographs, answered questions and delivered a special workshop for budding young boxers.

More than 600 visitors attended the event, which formed part of the college’s Open Evening.

Mr McGuigan said: “I was given a chance through sport to fulfil my potential as I grew up, and I want through this programme to give others that chance.”

East Berkshire College is the only college in the south-east to offer a Boxing Academy written and approved by Mr McGuigan himself.

It offers young people the chance to study for a nationally recognised qualification whilst training to an elite level alongside professional coaches. The programme, which is approved by the Amateur Boxing Association (ABA), is open to males and females aged 16-19 who enrol on any full-time course at the college.

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