PC Andy Whitehall (Staffordshire Police officer) is the driving force behind the Right Stuff Boxing Project which provides a positive focus for hundreds of young people and adults in towns within the county.
As well as boxing lessons and the opportunity to gain an ABA boxing tutor qualification, each youngster signs up to a voluntary good behaviour contract and agrees to take part in community projects. This includes litter picking, gardening and taking food parcels to the elderly.
Andy, who works as part of the Safer Stronger Communities Team based in Stafford, gives up much of his own time to run the clubs in Stafford, Stone, Huntington and Cannock.
Andy’s award is richly deserved and it’s not an exaggeration to say that his influence has been life-changing for some young people. Alongside his duties as a police officer, he gives up a massive amount of his own time to work with youngsters.
His boxing clubs are great places for young people to go to so they can channel their energies into positive activity. This can also help reduce crime and anti-social behaviour problems for local residents and businesses.
The clubs also teach young boxers about good citizenship and how they can make a positive contribution to their local community. Andy’s work is a great example of how innovative thinking, personal passion and commitment can make a big difference and solve community problems.
A great example of the impact of his work are the school summer boxing holiday initiatives in Stone, Stafford and Cannock. These have helped hundreds of young people – achieve through the GB Boxing Awards Programme, boxing medals and certificates and identified young people as boxing tutors who help out in there local community boxing gyms, this has also helped reduce anti-social behaviour by as much as a third.
Andy runs two after-school clubs delivering the GB Boxing Awards in his own time every week at Walton Priory Middle School, Stone, and Sir Graham Balfour High School, Stafford. He also organises a Saturday morning all-female coaching session in Stafford.