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Young boxing participants offered further free training

Participants of Colchester Borough Homes boxing initiative, Box Smart, have been awarded further free training.

Following completion of the ten-week project at Alresford Boxing Club, the young boxers were awarded vouchers at a presentation on the 19 December, giving them six-months free training at the club.

The project, called ‘Box Smart,’ aimed at providing young people aged 12-16 with a positive and active focus. It was supported by qualified coaches and local boxer Lewis Richardson, who is a member of the Team GB Olympic Boxing Programme.

Both participants and their parents have praised the project, with participants appreciating the opportunity to make new friends and learn a new sport, and parents noticing an increase in their child’s confidence.

Colchester Borough Homes Chief Executive Gareth Mitchell said: “I’d like to congratulate everyone who took part in Box Smart. They should be very proud of their fantastic achievements and I wish them the best in the future.

Box Smart has played an important part in the communities of Greenstead and St Anne’s, by providing young people the opportunity to try something new. It’s important we continue to engage and provide opportunities to young people in the borough, as it provides them with a positive focus, and helps to further deter them from anti-social behaviour.”

New Box Smart sessions are planned for 2020. If you know a young person between the ages of 12-16 who would benefit from positive role models, developing boxing and social network skills and self-discipline, please contact Colchester Borough Homes Resident Insight and Engagement Officer Mark Healy on 03300 538022, or email to find out more details.