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DRIFFIELD BOXER FRANKIE THOMPSON EARNS ENGLAND CALL-UP

After becoming four-time national boxing champion last month, 16-year-old Frankie Thompson has been rewarded with a place on the England Performance Pathway.

A delighted Frankie, who will box at light middleweight (71kg), said: “I am very pleased to get offered a place on the Pathway Scheme and I am looking forward to training with the England team at the camps, and potentially some extra sparing.

“I’m really looking forward to it, and hopefully next year I will be boxing in the Europeans with a goal for the future to turn professional.

“I have trained very hard over the last year and it’s gone really well, and I can’t wait to get started with England.

“Last year I was with England juniors, but this is a step up to youths and I can’t wait.”

Amanda Coulson, lead national coach for England Boxing, told the Wolds Weekly: “Frankie attended our Youth Open Talent Day on Sunday 10th March at the EIS, Sheffield, where he was assessed both technically and tactically under the watchful eye of the England Boxing coaches.

“Frankie impressed and was subsequently offered a place on our Development phase within the England Boxing Performance Pathway.

“Frankie performed well, and as a first year youth boxer with the Cadet Championship title already under his belt, he has a promising future indeed.

“We look forward to working with Frankie throughout the year to aid his development and progression towards unlocking his potential, alongside his club coaches at Bridlington.”

Frankie’s coach at Bridlington Club for Young People (BCYP), Damien Grant, said: “Everyone at the club is really proud of Frankie, once again getting on the England squad.

“He’s had an outstanding year with 20 wins from 20 contests, including three national titles and a GB title.
His success comes down solely to his dedication and commitment to the sport.

“It’s his second year running he has been selected to join the England squad and I know he will look forward to the opportunity to show them what he is capable of.”

In the Development phase of the pathway the England coaches will monitor Frankie’s progress and offer advice and expertise at regular intervals, as well as review points throughout the year.

But before all that Frankie has another big bout in a home show at BCYP on Saturday April 6. The former Driffield School & Sixth Form student added: “I’m looking forward to my next bout in Bridlington, against the same lad I beat a few weeks ago for the Yorkshire Light Middleweight title.”

As well as Frankie, his stable mate at Bridlington, Oliver Male (75kg), has been selected on to the Pathway scheme and will box at middleweight.

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