Bruno's tournament debut

PUBLISHED: 14:10 04 March 2009 | UPDATED: 15:42 16 August 2010

ACADEMY students first boxing tournament was watched with boxing legend Frank Bruno watching from the ropes.  The Priory School, a specialist

ACADEMY students' first boxing tournament was watched with boxing legend Frank Bruno watching from the ropes.

The Priory School, a specialist sports college, in Tintagel Road, Orpington hosted its first competitive bout last Friday.

London's Youth Ambassador James Cleverly joined boxing star Frank Bruno last Thursday (27) for the first competitive boxing tournament at the academy named after the legend.

The Frank Bruno boxing academy in Bromley was launched in September 2008 and was set up in partnership with the Boxing4Schools programme.

The academy trains talented boxers aged between 16 and 18 to help them to reach their full boxing potential whilst studying for academic qualifications.

Mr Cleverly said: "Boxing is a great sport for young people as it instils discipline and respect. I've seen the immense energy and enthusiasm of the amateur boxers training at the academy, and they have a real passion for the sport."

The Academy also trains youngsters who have been referred from the council youth offending programme.

Launching the Academy last year, Bruno told the Times: "It gets them off the street and out of trouble. If you're in to drink and drugs, you can't step in to the ring.

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