Camp has girls box­ing clever and look­ing after their well­be­ing.

Irish Examiner - County - - Front page - Ailin Quin­lan

More than 20 young fe­male box­ers from all over Cork county were se­lected to par­tic­i­pate in a spe­cial box­ing camp, and en­gage in a ma­jor re­search ini­tia­tive about the needs of young peo­ple.

The camp, which ran for sev­eral days at the Cork Box­ing Cen­tre in Church­field, provided a va­ri­ety of train­ing and other ac­tiv­i­ties to the young box­ers, aged be­tween 10 and 18, from four clubs across Cork county: Ry­lane, Kan­turk, Bantry, and Dun­man­way.

The camp ran from Au­gust 22-25 and was funded by the Tusla-based or­gan­i­sa­tion CYPSC (Chil­dren and Young Peo­ple’s Ser­vices Com­mit­tee) as a pilot for car­ry­ing out re­search into young peo­ple’s views on how to sup­port and im­prove their so­cial and emo­tional well­be­ing.

“The idea of the camp was to con­duct some re­search into what the girls think can be done to im­prove their emo­tional and so­cial well­be­ing,” said Kirstie Smith, one of four fa­cil­i­ta­tors at the camp.

“This was an amaz­ing project. The girls were so open and hon­est about their needs and about what is miss­ing for young peo­ple and came up with re­ally good sug­ges­tions.

“Some of the is­sues raised by the girls in­cluded the need for sup­ports for par­ents in rais­ing chil­dren in to­day’s com­plex world as well as the lack of trans­port in ru­ral ar­eas and the ben­e­fits of yoga, sports, and other op­por­tu­ni­ties to get to­gether.”

The is­sue of hav­ing a priest as the school coun­sel­lor was raised: Girls felt there were things they couldn’t dis­cuss with a priest.

A re­port on the feed­back is to be com­piled and pre­sented to CYPSC in the com­ing weeks.

The con­sul­ta­tion and box­ing camp was part of the CYPSC con­sul­ta­tion process for de­vel­op­ing a three-year strate­gic plan for chil­dren and young peo­ple in Cork City and county.

CYPSC is a joint plan­ning and in­ter­a­gency work­ing to im­prove the lives of chil­dren and young peo­ple.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion is de­vel­op­ing, and will later im­ple­ment, a three-year chil­dren and young peo­ple’s plan which aims to make im­prove­ments in the lives of chil­dren and young peo­ple across five na­tional out­comes:

Be­ing ac­tive and healthy with pos­i­tive phys­i­cal and men­tal well­be­ing;

Achiev­ing their full po­ten­tial in all ar­eas of learn­ing and devel­op­ment;

Are safe and pro­tected from harm;

Have eco­nomic se­cu­rity and op­por­tu­nity;

Are con­nected and re­spected and con­tribut­ing to their world.

Cork CYPSC, which chose to pri­ori­tise the so­cial and emo­tional well­be­ing of chil­dren and young peo­ple as this feeds into all of the na­tional out­comes, is in the process of gather­ing data and in­for­ma­tion to com­plete the first three-year plan.

The days at the camp in­volved box­ing train­ing, fol­lowed by smooth­ies made with ped­dle-power via a spe­cial smoothie bike, yoga and mind­ful­ness ses­sions, and cir­cus train­ing.

“Each day, five dif­fer­ent girls took on pre­par­ing the lunch for ev­ery­one at camp, mak­ing healthy soups such as lentil and tomato, but­ter­nut squash and co­conut, and desserts such as av­o­cado/lime cheese­cake, pro­tein balls, and dairy and su­gar-free ice­cream,” said Kirstie.

After lunch, she said, the girls par­tic­i­pated in fo­cus group dis­cus­sions about so­cial and emo­tional well­be­ing and made sug­ges­tions about how th­ese ser­vices can be im­proved for young peo­ple.

Each day fin­ished with a skills ses­sion to de­velop box­ing skills and daily buses were provided to fa­cil­i­tate the girls in trav­el­ling to Cork.

Pic­tures: Doug Mini­hane

Chantelle Kelle­her, Aoibhe Walsh, Me­gan Le­hane, and Caoimhe Kelle­her at the Cork Box­ing Academy girls sum­mer camp.

Chloe O’Ke­effe, Kan­turk BC, and Tina Ko­tarja, Bantry, tak­ing a break be­tween rou­tines.

Laura Lyons en­joy­ing the spar­ring at Cork Box­ing Academy.

Linda Des­mond, Ry­lane, smil­ing for the cam­era dur­ing a break in pro­ceed­ings at the Cork Box­ing Academy.

Katie Cronin, Dun­man­way BC, Leah Le­hane, Ry­lane BC, and Katie and Leah O’Ke­effe of Kan­turk BC.

Aoibhe Walsh prac­tis­ing her spar­ring Academy. drills at the Cork Box­ing

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