Last year, a group of students took part in the very successful BoxClever programme run by professional boxer Tommy Coyle.
This year, he's back again, ready to take a new group of Malet pupils under his wing, with a 12-week course designed to inspire by teaching participants the core skills of boxing.
The students taking part have been chosen so they can improve their focus. Tommy aims to teach students to channel their energy into something positive and help them to 'BoxClever' in life.
He said, "I wish I'd listened to teachers and speakers at school who were trying to steer me down the right path and make sure I made the most of my education.
"I should have worked hard at school so I had qualifications to fall back on when I finish my boxing career. I know that now and I'm trying to inspire the same commitment in other young people."
Tommy also had some words of wisdom that all young people should heed, regarding the two key components to a successful life.
He said, “There are two key parts to life – running and reading. Running, because when you hear that little voice saying you can’t do any more and you can’t go on, and you feel your lungs burning, you push on through anyway, which gives you a great sense of achievement and helps you go further in life.
"Reading is key because there are no problems that someone else hasn’t experienced and written about. If you read enough you will find every answer to life you could possibly need – it’s all out there in books.
"Two years ago, I couldn’t read well but I’ve discovered a love for it. Even though it takes me a long time to get through a book because I’m a slow reader, I keep going and the current book I’m reading is mind blowing. It’s called The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, and it’s about a shepherd who follows his dream of finding treasure in the pyramids. It’s an inspirational book and I’d completely recommend it!”
Tommy is definitely an advocate of our 'Eat. Sleep. Read.' programme for Year 7 & Year 8!