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Boxing Clever [Paperback]

Tom Ogg
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25 Sep 2012 1906837430 978-1906837433
Boxing Clever is Tom Ogg's account of teaching teenagers at the London Boxing Academy Community Project (LBACP) in Tottenham, North London, who had been expelled from school. The aim of the project was to make use of the strong relationships that boxing coaches have with wayward young men. The principal of the LBACP was Chris Hall, a boxing coach of 30 years' standing. The school was built around Chris's mantra: 'rules without relationships ain't worth toffee'. The book explores this and how Chris's principles of honesty, realism and kindness guided his work. It describes how boxing as a sport was uniquely suited to foster maturity in the students. It addresses why boxers, despite often coming from very tough backgrounds, saw the boxing community as a hub of moral improvement and why this meant boxers were able to connect with the students where others had failed. The book captures the brutal reality of life on the streets for young black boys in poor areas of London such as Tottenham, where the summer riots of 2011 began. The students had to deal with gangs, 'postcode wars', drugs and family dysfunction. Many also struggled with illiteracy and an inability to sit quietly for more than a few moments. The book describes how Chris and Tom, from very different backgrounds, worked together to provide these students with an education, despite the problems. They visited students' families in their homes and went to court to help students when they were charged with criminal offences. They built a behaviour-management system ('the points system'), and took them on trips to Oxford University and the ballet. This is the story of Tom Ogg's baptism of fire, fresh from university, teaching the unteachable.

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  • Paperback: 211 pages
  • Publisher: Civitas (25 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906837430
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906837433
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.4 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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3.0 out of 5 stars almost a great book 16 Dec 2013
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Content was fascinating and well written but it lacked real depth about the students or how the boxing side of the school was beneficial to their development. Thought provoking without preaching but ultimately lacked a knock out blow
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 16 Jan 2013
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Great book. A different read. Intelligent social read about low levels of attainment in mostly black boys in inner city London
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