East Durham College

The Commonwealth Games Heavyweight boxing gold medal is no problem for ex-East Durham student

Press Release   •   Oct 21, 2010 10:06 BST

Simon Vallily proved his worth when he knocked out his opponent, Steven Ward, from Northern Ireland, in under two minutes at the Commonwealth Games. The fight took place at the Talkatora Stadium in Delhi, India. Vallily planted a crunching left hook on Ward within the first 20 seconds of the fight. He finished him off with another left punch finished off by a right hook. After his impressive fight and subsequent gold medal, Vallily is now tipped as a possible Olympic champion.

Valilly has described winning the gold medal as the highest point in his life. His life was fraught with trouble before discovering his love of boxing at the Boxing Academy at East Durham College. He attended the further education college between 2001-2003 and studied Construction and Brickwork. Valilly has confessed that at that time not many people believed in him and would be very surprised to see where he is now. He believes that boxing kept him on the straight and narrow.

David Binns, Head of Boxing at East Durham College and Regional Coach for the ABAE (Amateur Boxing Association of England) is in agreement with Simon. He has said: “Boxing can offer so much to the youth of Peterlee and the surrounding areas. I’ve seen it time and again, how boxing has instilled discipline, confidence and vitally self worth in kids that may have otherwise taken the wrong path.”

East Durham College offers many courses to not just school-leavers, but also is a hub for adult education and staff training in the Durham and Peterlee area.  The College has a strong boxing tradition and allows students to work hard at their boxing as well as earning qualifications such as apprenticeships and NVQs at the main college campuses.



About East Durham College: East Durham College are a further education college offering full and part time courses and training for people aged 16 and above. We specialise in a number of different courses including apprenticeships, A levels and further education courses, as well as adult learning and staff training.

For more information, please contact Alistair Cummins-MacLeod (Marketing and Press Office) on 0191 518 8296 or 07979 756 808, or by emailing acm@eastdurham.ac.uk