ALONGSIDE traditional subjects like maths and English, one school is offering a very different kind of tuition.
Larbert High has introduced boxing lessons into the curriculum, delivered by former pupil and international boxer Bryce Stewart.
The 19-year-old bantamweight fighter only left the school two years ago and admits it’s strange being back in the corridors.
Bryce, from Larbert, said: “When I was approached to coach the class I thought it was a great idea – I’d have loved to have a subject at school that I enjoyed and was good at.
“It is weird being back at school when I only left it two years ago.
“It’s the first time I’ve coached so I’m learning just as much as the students but so far it’s been going really well. There are a few boys with real potential and offering boxing as a subject is a great way to introduce them to the sport.”
The class is delivered to S4-6 pupils during class time and started thanks to guidance teacher, and keen boxer, Scott Cockburn.
He said: “We try to offer a diverse range of subjects and have widened the cirriculum to include more unusual classes. As a result, Larbert High now offers classes in subjects like fishing, creative cake making and film editing.
“I thought adding boxing to the mix could be really beneficial to the pupils. It’s not only great for fitness but an excellent discipline to get young people involved in.
“Getting Bryce on board is ideal, the kids can see where they can be if they work hard at it and Bryce is incredibly motivated.
“It’s good for them to have a coach just a few years older, who also attended Larbert High, and is now competing internationally. He’s a good role model and proof of what you can achieve if you put the hours and training in and they can relate to him more that their teachers.”
The students are not allowed to spar during the lessons and the training consists of warm ups, circuits and shadow boxing. The first semester has been a great success with more pupils joining the class for the 2013 session.
As for Bryce, he’ll be taking it easy on the indulgences over the festive period. He has the Scottish Boxing Championships to look forward to in the New Year.
After recently beating Cambuslang’s Gary Ducie in his first bout since joining new club Kilsyth Golden Gloves from Zetland Amateur Boxing Club, he is now preparing for the Scottish championships in the New Year.
Bryce added: “I’m happy in my new club and just going to be training really hard in January for the championships.
“I’m feeling strong and ready for what 2013 will bring.”