Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, Hardyal Dhindsa, is to visit the OzBox Allenton Boxing Academy to see first-hand what the Academy offers to young people in the area.
The project was officially opened in April following funding from the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund and the Deputy Commissioner is interested to hear about the progress made since then.
When: 17.20hrs on Thursday 13 June 2013.
Where: 801 Osmaston Rd, (junction with Harvey Road) Allenton, Derby DE24 9BQ
Hardyal Dhindsa said: “Ozbox has proved immensely popular and successful elsewhere in the county and I am very interested to see how this has translated at the Allenton project.
“We all need to do everything we can to support innovative projects that help keep young people interested, engaged and out of trouble. Ozbox is a fine example of that and I look forward to meeting those who help to run the project and those who use it.”
Mr Dhindsa will be accompanied by Chief Inspector Brian McKeown, from Derbyshire Constabulary, who has responsibility for the scheme and its funding.
Ozbox is a non-contact boxing concept developed in 2003. Detective Inspector Steve Osbaldeston from Chesterfield Police was inspired to develop a scheme aimed especially at youths between the ages of 12 to 19 years. It is open to all young people, but particularly it helps those who are already, or who are likely to become, involved in crime or anti-social behaviour. It also encourages participants from family and school groups from all social economic backgrounds.
Ozbox is a free project, for the youngsters, however donations are a huge part in what makes the project as successful as it possibly can be. This money ensures the facilities can remain open, new equipment can be purchased and serviced. The money left over covers advertising costs, such as leaflets for schools and the maintenance of our mobile gyms.
The project is solely run by volunteer off duty police officers and staff. They are not expecting to be paid for the hard work they put in, however funding is needed to keep the project going and expanding into the areas that need it most.
For more information about OzBox visit www.derbyshire.police.uk or www.ozbox.org.
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Posted on Tuesday 11th June 2013