The IABA are delighted to be involved with the Additional Needs High Five Boxing Academy pilot project. This initiative is being spearheaded by Paddy Dingle who has been involved with the sport of boxing for many years.

Not all children and young adults want to compete in boxing but many do enjoy the structure and enjoyment that boxing brings to their lives. People with additional needs are always searching for that safe structured environment where they can have fun doing an activity while also enjoying friendship and having opportunities to experience different levels of success depending on their own individual situation. The ‘High Five’ is their reward for success and when participants achieve in various aspects, they get rewarded with a high five. 

The long term goal of this pilot project is to expand it out to areas all over Ireland, North and South, and give participants an opportunity to experience participation and fitness in a fun and enjoyable way. Boxing Clubs throughout the country will hopefully make their premises and coaches available to assist in the roll out of this programme.

Palmerston, St. Catherines, Crumlin and Drimnagh Boxing Clubs are the four clubs where this pilot programme is commencing. Dublin Lord Mayor Alison Gilliland launched the initiative today (Saturday 23rd October) in Drimnagh Boxing Club. Many of the local councillors and TD’s attended to support this initiative as did former Ireland soccer manager Brian Kerr whose father was a founding member of Drimnagh Boxing Club. 

Should you require further information about the Additional Needs High Five Boxing Academy, please contact patdingle@live.com