George Groves to hand out eight bursaries to junior stars in London

PUBLISHED: 13:16 28 January 2015 | UPDATED: 13:16 28 January 2015

George Groves (right) has his hands taped by trainer Paddy Fitzpatrick.

George Groves (right) has his hands taped by trainer Paddy Fitzpatrick.

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Former Dale Youth amateur star George Groves is taking time out of a busy schedule to present busaries to eight talented junior boxers on Thursday.

Groves, 26, is in training for a world title fight against either Anthony Dirrell or his arch-rival James DeGale but will be in attendance at Powerday PLC on Old Oak Lane in Harlesden.

Whilst the top-end of the sport is now very well funded, particularly for athletes on the high performance programmes in many sports, Powerday has noticed the gap between regional and international standards and funding, and are intent on making a positive contribution through launching and developing a boxers bursary scheme.

These bursaries will assist aspiring young London boxers, male and or female, who have the ability to achieve success in their chosen sport at regional, national and international levels.

The standard of entrants is so high this year that the initial year’s bursaries have been awarded to eight applicants from throughout London, all of whom are members of London ABA clubs including Hooks ABC boxer Nathan Brown.

Along with Groves, Powerday chairman Mick Crossan, Keith Walters OBE and Ron Philipson, London ABA president, will all be in attendance to announce who will be receiving busaries.

Crossan said: “Powerday as a company based in London are committed to making a positive difference to people’s lives through our work on a daily basis in the capital.

“This scheme is a further evidence of our community engagement, seeking to help young people realise their potential in an Olympic sport, which through their clubs provides them with so many positive messages and lessons for life.”

Walters said: “It is the small margins that can make the difference to young aspiring boxers, and this scheme will offer some essential funding to those who are in need of further support to fulfil their potential and achieve international standards.

“We thank Mick Crossan and Powerday for this investment into our young athletes, who, like George Groves, can become world-class stars.”

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