This week saw the passing of veteran amateur trainer, John Hart, who coached in several well-known amateur gyms in England such as the Police Boxing Club, Louvelite ABC, Bolton Lads and Girls Club. Additionally John represented his country as a North West regional and England coach, as well as an educator of boxing coaches in the United Kingdom.
Kar Day: "Today we say goodbye to John Hart. Without this man, who knows what path life would have chosen for me?
Boxing fans and the athletes themselves know how to recognise that a good coach goes beyond training, and beyond instructions in the gym. Discipline and guidance for the youth was reflected in John’s ethic as a trainer, hence the impression he had on many young fighters.
“Adult supervised sport training contributes significantly toward giving youngsters a positive identity, helping to develop a sense of empowerment, and acquire greater social and cognitive skills, amongst which is self control.” The organisation Gloves Up Knives Down had notably declared.
A legend can never be forgotten. Stevie Bell had posted "John came to Louvolite ABC in 1996 and taught me the style of boxing that took me to another level."
Alan Camps said, "John was an amazing trainer and friend. It hurts my heart to write this post, as I will always remember fondly the good times we had together."
The essence of generosity is simple to understand, to give without expecting anything in return and that was a big part of the words each of his friends and loved ones were able to express. "I will always be grateful and blessed to have had you as my coach, not only for boxing but for life. RIP John – you will be missed by many.” Kar Day