Amateur boxer goes ring-side to secure coaching apprenticeship

A budding boxing coach is making all the right moves to ensure career success after embarking on a specialised coaching apprenticeship with Gateshead College.

Amateur boxer Jordan Minchell, 20, is taking the first steps towards a career in the boxing ring after securing a place on an Apprenticeship in Activity Leadership with Gateshead College’s Academy for Sport.

Jordan, who has boxed from a young age, will be employed by the college as a sports apprentice. He will work alongside Steve Cranston, the college’s head boxing coach and also an Amateur Boxing Association of England (ABA) high-performance coach.

Jordan, who lives in Jarrow, commented: “I am really looking forward to getting started. I’ve boxed nearly my whole life and I’m so pleased that I’m able to pursue a career doing something that I love.

“During my apprenticeship I will work alongside Steve at Gateshead College’s Boxing Academy developing performance action plans, coaching analysis and helping other athletes to achieve their goals and potential. 

“Working alongside a coach who has over 30 years’ experience will really develop my skills further. It’s a fantastic learning experience and I can’t wait to start.”

The Apprenticeship in Activity Leadership is designed for individuals who wish to gain a broad, but solid foundation to allow them to follow a career in the active leisure sector as fitness activity leaders and coaches.

Steve Cranston said: “Jordan is a great example of how you can turn your passion into meaningful employment.

“He’s worked extremely hard to get to where he is today. He really impressed me with his enthusiasm, commitment and willingness to learn and I am looking forward to helping him shape his career.”

Jordan is currently a Level 2 qualified boxing coach and has already completed an Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE), as well as a Level 3 BTEC in Performance and Excellence at Gateshead College.

The AASE programme is aimed at boxers who have the realistic potential to achieve excellence in boxing and are seeking to perform at the highest level. It allows elite and aspiring boxers aged 16-19 to train full-time in boxing whilst gaining educational qualifications at the same time. 

Jordan will now build on his success through his apprenticeship to further his work experience and boost his knowledge and skills to become a top class sports coach. In the long run he's aiming to gain a full-time job in coaching at Gateshead College or a job working in a similar sports environment.

Jordan is a member of Perth Green Amateur Boxing Club and won the Northern Counties Championship last season.

He will be working at the college’s multi-million pound Academy for Sport at Gateshead International Stadium.

Gateshead College is one of seven high-performance boxing centres in the country for aspiring boxers and gives athletes access to one of the best training centres in the country. Facilities include a boxing gym, strength and conditioning provision, a high performance gym, an indoor 60 metre running track, contrast bathing facility and access to sports physiotherapy.