Student at Grimsby's Humberston Academy set to represent England at European Boxing Championships

A talented student from Grimsby’s Humberston Academy, part of the David Ross Education Trust, has been selected to represent England at an international boxing championship in Bulgaria.


14 year-old Zac Nearney will compete in the EUBC Schools European Schoolboy Championships next month, where he will face tough competition against a number of European teams.


Alongside academic excellence, during his time at Humberston Academy, Zac has benefitted from a sports bursary, supported by the David Ross Education Trust Inspiration Fund. This bursary, which is designed to support students whilst pursuing their sporting talents, has contributed towards extra coaching and travel costs, and the opportunity to take part in a number of sporting masterclasses led by inspirational athletes.


Zac has been a member of Grimsby Boxing Academy since the age of 5, where he trains between three and six times per week. The Year 9 student is currently the longest serving member, dedicating nine years of his life to the boxing club. 


From a very young age, Zac has travelled the country in a bid to further improve his skills and learn more about the sport of boxing. He has focused on diet and nutrition, training methods and how professionalism and hard work can help in order to become an elite athlete. 


Since starting his competitive boxing career at the age of 12, Zac has already won two regional titles, two national titles, and one European Box Cup gold medal in Sweden. 


Following his success, Zac was selected to compete in England Schoolboy Boxing and has remained undefeated in his age and weight category for two years running. 


In preparation for the EUBC Schools European Schoolboy Championships, Zac has been putting in lots of practise at England training camps across the country. He said: “It is a great honour to have been selected to represent my country, and I am so proud of myself for making it this far. 


“I am really looking forward to linking up with my team mates and coaches in Bulgaria, whilst training and working hard, meeting different people, and learning new skills to help me improve my performance. 


“I am very grateful for the support of my teachers at Humberston Academy, who have always supported me within my academic studies and within my sporting career.”


Dan Shoubridge, Principal at Humberston Academy, said: “Zac has been a keen boxer throughout his time at Humberston Academy. 


“He is a model student with a clear vision to represent his country. We cannot fault his passion and commitment to his boxing and will continue to support him as his journey continues.”


If you would like to find out more about life at Humberston Academy, please contact 01472 319 990 or email




The David Ross Education Trust Inspiration Fund is used to invest in pioneering enrichment opportunities for young people, including a number of VIP athlete visits throughout the year and offering sports bursaries to the Trust’s most talented athletes. The Inspiration Fund is used to create thousands of incredible opportunities for the Trust’s 12,000 students to help them develop their passions and discover their talents.


If you would like to find out how you or your organisation can support the Inspiration Fund, please contact Geoff Sweeney, Head of Fundraising at the David Ross Education Trust by emailing


You can also make a donation to the Trust’s Inspiration Fund JustGiving page, where all proceeds are used to create outstanding opportunities for its 12,000 students. 


If you would like to find out more about life at Humberston Academy, please contact 01472 319 990 or email