Boxing gloves and pads have been handed over to Derbyshire police force’s Ozbox - which encourages young people who are involved in crime or anti-social behaviour, or those spiralling towards it, to take part in boxing-based fitness – by Bolsover Community Safety Partnership.
The equipment was originally purchased and used in the Wise Up project which took young people from schools in the district and provided then with activities to boost their confidence and self-esteem.
But with Wise Up at an end, the Partnership wanted to ensure the equipment it had purchased would continue to be put to good use.
“Ozbox is the perfect project to benefit from this,” said Coun Brian Murray Carr, Chairman of Bolsover Community Safety Partnership.
“It runs sessions in a number of locations, including Bolsover and Creswell, as well as having an input into Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service’s YES project at Shirebrook, so we know the equipment will be put to good use.”
The equipment, consisting of 24 pairs of gloves and almost a dozen pads – was accepted from Cllr Murray Carr and Community Safety Officer Jo Selby by award-winning Ozbox boxing and fitness leader Darren Comins.
Speaking at the handover, PC Comins said: “We have a very good working relationship with the Community Safety Partnership. It is very nice of them to give us this equipment and we can assure everyone it will be put to good use at sessions in the district.”
Ozbox has been running a weekly after-school club at Bolsover School and working in Creswell on Friday afternoons. Details of sessions can be found online at www.ozbox.org
It is solely run by volunteer off duty police officers and is offered free of charge to youngsters, depending heavily on donations to help keep it going.