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Police join forces with club to offer free boxing classes to youngsters

Police join forces with club to offer free boxing classes to youngsters

by Henry James (July 2021)

YOUNG people are to be offered free boxing classes as part of a partnership between Skelmersdale Police and Birch Green Amateur Boxing Club.

The club has secured funding, initially for six months and the scheme will comprise of weekly two-hour classes.

One hour working with young people who have previously been in trouble with the police as part of community resolution work and a one-hour class for anyone between the ages of 12-17 who want to attend and learn new skills.

PC Dean Skelton of Skelmersdale Police said: “We know from working with partners in the past that diversionary activities in areas where there are anti-social behaviour problems reduces the number of incidents that are reported to us.

“Not only that, but it provides young people with valuable skills such as discipline, fitness, nutrition and taking responsibility for their actions. We’ll work with the club to help encourage repeat ASB offenders to sign up to the classes.”

Kev Bateman is just one of the coaches at Birch Green ABC along with head coach Colin Day, Karl Day, Colin Day jnr, John Baxter and John Paul King, who will all be on hand to help with the initiative.

Kev Bateman added: “Boxing can transform young lives, not only helping them with the physical and mental benefits, but also teaching them life skills. Through boxing, young people will learn the importance of self-belief, discipline, respect and pride.”

The open classes will run every Monday and Wednesday from 6pm – 7pm, commencing mid August and the community resolution initiative will be Thursdays from 5pm-6pm.

Anyone interested in coming along should contact Kev Bateman on 07833 676714.

The initiative launches as part of National Anti Social Behaviour week, July 19-25 2021, which aims to highlight the type of action police take day in day out to tackle anti-social behaviour and how it takes all reports of anti-social behaviour seriously, working in partnership with local councils and other community organisations to address the issue.

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