The cream of the UKs young boxing talent will meet at the new 32 million Ravenscraig Sports Facility on 10th and 11th June as the GB Youth Amateur Boxing Championships 2011 come to Scotland.
Top Youth athletes from Scotland, England and Wales will lock horns as they aim to become Kings of the UK and catch the eye of selectors ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. The Championships are highly significant as the boxers competing in these Championships will, come 2014, be of age to be part of their respective squads for the Games.
The young Scots, English and Welsh athletes who will be at Ravenscraig have already shown their potential this year with all contenders from the three countries current holding National Champion titles or were finalists in their weight category and all now looking to prove themselves as the best in the UK.
The Scottish Youth team have had a very eventful year thus far, travelling across Europe to participate in Championships and Competitions, returning with a number of medals and enhancing Scotlands reputation as a boxing nation. The sports governing body Amateur Boxing Scotland focus very much on the development of young boxers with an aim to producing more talent and ultimately more medals at future Championships, with eyes firmly set on Glasgow 2014.
ABS have high hopes for the current crop of Youth boxers coming through, with recent medal success at the Mostar Tournament in Bosnia, and returning with the trophy from the Celtic Tri-Nations Challenge on the Isle of Man. ABS Coach Mike Keane said The Youth boxers are showing a lot of promise and our recent performances show we have a strong pool of boys currently representing Scotland. Our achievements this year will hopefully provide a launch pad for future success starting at the GB Championships next month, the Youth Commonwealth Games in September and then looking towards developing the boxers as the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games approach.
The GB Championships are set to be the biggest amateur boxing event ever staged in Scotland and with the state of the art surroundings of the impressive new Ravenscraig Complex as the venue, this is sure to give the young boxers inspiration to put on an impressive display especially as Ravenscraig is an official training venue for both the Olympics in London 2012 and Glasgow 2014.
Both Wales and England will bring strong squads which feature current and former GB Champions. With strong English and Welsh squads and an on-form Scotland team on show, this is a great chance for selectors and spectators alike to get a taste of the potential talent available for future International contests. With Scotland overpowering the Welsh at their recent Celtic Tri-Nations triumph, the young Scots will be hoping they can carry that forward and come out on top at Ravenscraig.
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