Royal Marines Boxing Association

Royal Marines Corps Boxing Championships 2019

Our joint MDs Mark Brocklehurst and David Griffiths were delighted to be invited to present awards at the Royal Marines Corps Boxing Championships 2019. The event was held on Thursday 30th May at the Commando Training Centre, Lympstone, Devon.

The Royal Marines Band opened proceedings – a powerful and spine-tingling start to a fantastic evening of boxing skill and discipline. Watch a short excerpt here.

Many congratulations to 40 Commando Royal Marines who were the winners of the Team Trophy. Pictured here, Mark Brocklehurst presenting one of the awards.

To find out more about our relationship with the Royal Marines Boxing Association please read on.

Mark Brocklehurst, Sharples Group MD, presenting an award at the Royal Marines Corps Boxing Championships 2019

It may seem an unlikely partnership but the association between the Royal Marines, Toshiba and the Sharples Group has been steadily growing and evolving over the last 10 years.

Back in 2009 Toshiba organised a leadership presentation by Lt Col Al Lister OBE on the Royal Marines’ approach to leadership in both combat and peace. We instantly recognised we could learn a lot from the elite commandos and jumped at the opportunity to attend a four-day leadership course at their HQ in Lympstone, Devon.

Over the last decade the Sharples Group team has continued this development by attending Royal Marine events in London, Plymouth and Sweden. Every time we return with new skills and ideas to motivate and inspire our team.

In the last year alone, we have signed the Armed Forces Covenant, sponsored Super-Hero Lee Spencer in his double world record transatlantic rowing endeavour and also Baz Grey’s successful Antarctica The Challenge expedition. So when the opportunity to sponsor the Royal Marines Boxing Association arose, we had no hesitation.

Warrant Officer 1 RSM Lee Drinkwater, the RMBA Chair, announced his delight at the new sponsorship arrangement declaring “winners supporting winners”.

Flattered by Lee’s response, Sharples Group joint MD Mark Brocklehurst added that after a decade of learning from the Marines some of the Commando Mindset was paying off: “Be the first to understand, the first to adapt and respond; and the first to overcome”.

We wish the Royal Marines Boxing team the very best of luck in all their endeavours throughout 2019, including their trip to the States when they defend the return match against the United States Marine Corps.