(APR 23) Few tournaments in
Europe are as well supported as the Haringey Box Cup and this
year promises to be no exception as record entries have already
been pouring in to the Haringey Police Community BC offices by
email, online and fax as well as in the post.
If you are a coach or boxer from
not only Europe but anywhere, then take this last opportunity of
entering. You will not regret it as you will meet up with fellow
boxers from Europe and beyond and of course that includes those
from not only England, Scotland and Wales but also boxers from
This is the eight edition of the tournament, one whose roll of
honour includes Olympic Champions Nicola Adams (herself a member
of the Haringey Police Community Club) and Ireland’s five times
world champion and Olympic gold medallist Katie Taylor.
The Club’s chiefs, PC Gerry
Willmott and PC Ken Marsh were honoured by Queen Elizabeth at
Buckingham Palace in 2010 for their service to the community,
based in Tottenham.
It was founded in 1999 by PC Willmott as a way for the borough's
young men to get fit, learn discipline and to deter them from
loitering on the street.
The following year, he was joined by PC Marsh, whose then
16-year career had been spent in Haringey, and who took on the
role of event co-ordinator, fundraiser and treasurer.
There are two other ‘key players’ in the club, who work ‘day and
night’ especially at this time of year, to organise the
tournament and answer queries from boxers and coaches from all
over the world. Haringey Box Cup would not be the great success
story that it is without the hard work and long hours put in by
Brian John and Terri Kelly.
So what is special about Haringey Police Community Club and what
makes it stand out from other similar Box Cups in Europe?
Apart from boxing, the club plays a vital role year round for
the local community. At the time of receiving his award PC Ken
Marsh had this to say to ‘Local London’
"I don't do it for the rewards, I do it to get young people in
Haringey off the streets and to steer them away from antisocial
Gerry Wilmott’s view? : "Our boxing club gets young people off
the streets and away from the risk of becoming involved in
"Being part of our club means making the right choices and
rejecting negative influences, through discipline, self-respect
and attaining a healthy life-style."
"Some of the youngsters that have come to our club were known to
police for the wrong reasons and through boxing, they have
turned their lives around."
The Area’s Chief Superintendent added his praise:
"Ken and Gerry's commitment to the boxing club has led to many
young people turning their lives around, potentially steering
them away from crime.
"The club has achieved outstanding results, none of which could
have been achieved without their hard work. I am delighted their
dedication to serving young people in Haringey has been
recognised in this way and I congratulate them both on receiving
Many of the young people that box at the club have been referred
by the youth offending service. The club aims to help young
people into a disciplined sport where they can gain confidence
and feel better about themselves, potentially steering them away
from anti-social behaviour and helping them to make the most of
their potential and become responsible.
Around 300 entries are expected this year
Traditionally there has always been a strong Irish contingent
both male and female and again this year it is expected that a
number of the top Irish seniors and juniors will be present.
Early entries have been received from such as Dervla Duffy
,Kelly Harrington, Niamh Ball and hopefully others will join
them and gain valuable experience against the top stars from
As usual one expects strong representation from Finland, Norway,
Sweden, Denmark, Germany, France and the Netherlands –
Switzerland too. Previously we have seen such as Ingrid Egner,
Helena Falk,Sandra Brugger,Mira Potkonen in action and of course
many of the top ‘local’ boxers will enter including Unity’s
Paige Murney and Dominica’s world championships representative
Valerian Spice who boxes out of the nearby Islington Club.
Many of the leading British boxers will as usual take place –
one confirmed entry is that of Stacey Copeland (69kg) anxious to
regain a title she won here some three years ago. Two
years ago her final bout fell through when her opponent withdrew
and last year she hurt her hand at the European’s the week
before so could not take part. That she was looking forward to
competing so soon after the Europeans just goes to show how
highly esteemed this tournament really is.
Whilst preparing for this weekend’ s English ABA Elite
championships in Liverpool, Stacey took time out tonight to tell
WBAN : “It’s a great tournament, lovely atmosphere, and really
well run. It’s great meeting boxers from other places at home
and abroad, it’s a really special sport we’re part of”.
As of late Wednesday night, Terri Kelly confirmed that whilst
all male places were taken, indeed oversubscribed, it was likely
she could accept a small number of additional entries from
Contact details for Haringey if you wish to enter:
Tickets can be booked online:
Finally in this excellent 2013 ‘You Tube’ interview , Boxing
News Chief Reporter John Dennen gives you a good overview of
what to expect if you attend or would simply like to have a look
around The Great Halls at Alexandra Palace. Remember it was here
at Alexandra Palace that the first public television
transmissions were made in 1936, by the BBC.