SOUTH Wye Police Boxing Academy have been reaping the benefit of the experience of a former world champion and Olympic medallist.

Richie Woodhall, an ex-super middleweight WBO champion who won bronze at the Seoul Olympics, is giving a series of seminars at the Hinton-based club, which is in the midst of another memorable year.

“The club is going from strength to strength,” said secretary Vince McNally. “Our annual show, which is held in partnership with Hereford Sixth Form College is televised with more than two million viewers.

“We are currently in talks with Boxnation about the event.”

A summer camp is being planned over three days for up-and-coming local and regional boxers while, in the club’s latest coup, they have brought in Woodhall, a consultant for the GB squad in the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield, to advise their talented group of sportsman.

“Richie instructed our competitive boxers advanced boxing skills and technical work,” said McNally. “He also advised the club regarding the recent changes to the sport, and how it’s changed from a judge’s perspective.

“He brought his wealth of experience working with the GB squad and working at the highest level of the sport.”

Woodhall himself was clearly impressed with the updated facilities, available to club members and now used for regional workshops, as well as the club’s increased numbers.

“South Wye is a very forward thinking club, having looked at the boxers there is a lot of potential and talent,” he said.

“But what’s most pleasing to see is that the boxers are being coached and looked after in the right way.

"The facilities are first class, we are looking at and discussing a training schedule and plan for the South Wye boxers, in the same way the GB squad are being coached, and I'm back again to continue in our work to develop this fantastic club."

Anyone wanting more information about the South Wye Police Boxing Academy or interested in joining the club should call 07525 452110.