Staffordshire

A school holiday boxing initiative concluded last week (3 September 2010), with all involved hailing it a great success.

The 6 week scheme run by PC 4007 Andy Whitehall, PCSO 8850 Duncan Rollo and the Staffordshire Young People’s Service was designed to help reduce Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) in Stafford and Stone by getting youngsters involved in a positive activity that they could then continue after the school summer break.

The scheme was open to all 5-16 year-olds, with many young people referred by partner organisations such as Social Services, Parent Support Workers, Education Welfare, Stafford and Rural Homes, Barnardos and local schools.

In all, 160 young people attended the boxing camps held at the Emerald Club and Silkmore Primary School in Stafford and at Christchurch Middle and Manor Hill First Schoosl in Stone.

They young people participated in the National Non-Contact Boxing Awards taking the Preliminary, Standard and Bronze levels. In-keeping with the ethos of the Right Stuff Boxing clubs, the youngsters also took part in various community projects, including a litter pick, a demonstration of skills at Rowley park and a flat clearance and tidy-up for a person in need.

The whole scheme was funded by Stafford and Stone Community Learning Partnership and run entirely by eight young volunteer / mentors aged 14 -22 years old who were members of the Right Stuff Boxing Club and who had undergone special Boxing Coaching/First Aid courses, with assistance from PC Whitehall and PCSO Rollo.

PC Andy Whitehall said: “This scheme has been a great success thanks to partners and the young boxing tutors. As a result, over 40 more young people, many from difficult backgrounds, now want to join the clubs, learn the skill and discipline of boxing and also help make their communities a better and safer place to live. I feel this is a great result for the communities of both Stafford and Stone.”

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