Boxing academy

The Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service boxing academy is a project run by local firefighters in their own time. The academy is open to people of all ages from 10 years old and upwards. Come along to join a class – the first session is free.

The aims and objectives of our academy are to promote young men and women, and to help them in developing the qualities and attributes we value as firefighters and role models.


Come along to West Hartford Community Fire Station and join one of our classes!

West Hartford Business Park
NE23 3JP

No matter what your ability, there is a class suitable for you. The first session is free so you have absolutely nothing to lose, but a great deal to gain.

Opening times

Beginners classes: 6pm - 7pm
Advanced classes: 6:30pm -  8pm

Beginners classes: 6pm - 7pm
Advanced classes: 6:30pm -  8pm

Beginners classes: 6pm - 7pm
Advanced classes: 6:30pm -  8pm

If you would like to join one of these sessions, or if you would like to find out more about the Boxing Academy, please contact us:

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Boxing Academy logo

Your strength comes from your self-esteem. One of the primary benefits of boxing is that it is a sport which makes you feel empowered. The sport allows you to be aware of your positive qualities and abilities, as well as recognising your faults, mistakes, and shortcomings.

When boxing, you learn to understand the need to change things and manoeuvre through difficult fighting situations without becoming defensive. These skills will also help you in your everyday life, your relationships, and your career.

Being self-assured does not mean being cocky, as boxing can be a very humbling experience. The attributes of a good boxer mirror many of the personal attributes of a good firefighter.
Both require courage, discipline, dedication, focus, and respect for others.
The Boxing Academy is supported by Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) in a number of ways:
  • The service has provided suitable, rent-free premises and has committed to meeting all of the utility and maintenance costs of the building, which is why the Boxing Academy fees are so low. 
  • The service and other local sponsors provided funding for the initial set-up costs, providing the boxing ring and other equipment.
  • The service provides support in terms of governance and health and safety matters (including risk assessments and training).
  • The Chief Fire Officer (CFO) is also the chair of the Boxing Academy.
  • NFRS is very proud of the Boxing Academy and has invited county and local councillors to visit the gym, as well as the fact they have given presentations to community groups such as The Prince’s Trust.
  • The service is committed to ensuring the resilience of the project and has pledged support to enable the Academy to achieve its long-term goals.