15 Dec 17
Generation - Hinkley Point B 

Olympic boxing coach puts Bridgwater pupils through their paces

A Bridgwater school didn’t pull any punches following a visit by a Great Britain Olympic boxing coach.

Lee Pullen, currently on a career break from EDF Energy, took time out from training 2020 Olympic podium hopefuls to visit the town and coach 80 students from Robert Blake Science College.

The visit, made possible by Hinkley Point B power station, was part of the school's increased curriculum focus on fitness and wellbeing.

The year 7, 8, 9 and 10 students were treated to a boxing demonstration by Lee and Hinkley Point B’s station director, Peter Evans, before being taught fundamental boxing principles and techniques.  

At the end of the session each student was given the opportunity to don the gloves and have a one on one boxing session with Lee, who in the past has coached many British boxing Olympic and World Championship medallists, including Amir Khan, Audley Harrison, Nicola Adams and Anthony Joshua.

Lee and Peter were also joined by Mick Harrison, a British Army Physical Training Instructor, who put the students through their paces with a selection of circuit training activities.

Claire Stokes, team leader for Creative Arts at the school, said: “It’s not every day the children get the chance to meet an Olympic coach, and on behalf of the school I would like to thank Lee, Peter and Mick for taking time out of their busy schedules to join us for the day.

“It was a truly enjoyable and engaging experience for both pupils and staff, and we have received some really good feedback from everyone who took part."

Peter Evans, added: “Lee is a world class coach, and it was good he could share some of his experiences, techniques, hints and tips, on the importance fitness and wellbeing with the workforce of tomorrow. Let’s hope the day and his presence inspired the children to become potential Olympic champions of the future. “

For more information contact:

Annelise Cowie
External Communications Manager, Hinkley Point
01278 654535
07813 232385

EDF Energy in the South West

In the South West EDF Energy employs around 4,000 people across three key sites; at Hinkley Point in Somerset, at Barnwood, near Gloucester, and at Exeter. We operate Hinkley Point B power station, which employs around 550 staff and 220 contract partners. A new nuclear power station, capable of supplying around 6 million homes, is under construction at Hinkley Point. We have an operational support centre at Barnwood, while Exeter is home to one of EDF Energy’s three UK-based call centres. As well as currently generating enough power for some 1.5 million homes in this region, EDF Energy also provides gas and electricity to 480,000 customers with over 30% of those opting for one of the company’s Blue+ products backed by low-carbon generation. We make sure we buy enough electricity generated from a low-carbon nuclear source to match every unit of electricity we estimate our Blue customers use. EDF Energy is proud to power some of the largest companies in the UK, including sites for the Ministry of Defence, Tesco Stores Limited, Morrisons and Everything Everywhere, right here in the South West.