Frank Bruno Boxing Academy
The Frank Bruno Boxing Academy at Priory School Orpington was open 9 years. This Post 16 Sports Academy was established to provide specific sport/leisure pathways for students who want to study sport related subjects in high level education or work in the leisure industry. Over the Priory school hosted the AASE scheme for boxers aged 16-18. It was 1 of only 7 schools and colleges in the country to host this prestigious scheme. Endorsed by the NGB (England Boxing), the scheme was an Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting excellence that aims to support and educate boxers while they endeavour to reach their potential in the sport. Students on this scheme have access to boxing training, are taught by a Level 3 qualified boxing coach, and are given direct access to GB Boxing and England Boxing opportunities.
Sadly due to Educational restrictions the academy had to close this was completely out of Franks control and he was disappointed that it had to close. The Frank Bruno Foundation hopefully will be able in the future to pick up some of the schemes that the Academy was offering. A number of boxers have gone through the academy the biggest name to date is Ted Cheeseman who at the time of writing (Nov 2018) is the current British and WBA Super welterweight champion.
The Gateway School
The Gateway School serves the town of Northampton and the South and West of the County of Northamptonshire. They are a 63-place school for 11 to 18 year olds with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties who have not been able to settle happily into mainstream provision. Frank Bruno MBE is a patron of the school.