5th Aug, 2020

New project aims to give youngsters in Redditch a fighting chance

Redditch Editorial 28th Oct, 2017

BOSSES at Redditch Boxing Academy are hoping to launch a project to help young people steer clear of anti-social behaviour and take part in more positive activities.

The academy is working to raise awareness of what it sees as increasing levels of unruly behaviour in the area.

One of the schemes the academy runs is the life skills programme where young people learn to make more positive lifestyle choices and achieve happier, healthier outcomes.

In the past the academy had an intervention project partnered with the police and a Redditch school. It supported young people believed to be at risk of harm and becoming involved with criminal activity and was very successful, showing a positive impact on participants’ behaviour and attitude.

The academy wants to create a similar long term a long-term ‘intervention service’.

A spokesperson for Redditch Boxing Academy said: “Our primary aim is to use sports recreation as a way to promoting health and well-being and encourage sustainable positive outcomes.”

Business owners in the Matchborough Centre in Redditch have concerns regarding residents avoiding the area because of perceived anti-social behaviour and a meeting between representatives from the police, Arrow Vale RSA Academy, Redditch Boxing Academy, Redditch Borough Council sports development team and the authority’s Safety Partnership was held to discuss long-term options.

The academy believes helping young people to manage their situations and take responsibility for their actions will help reduce anti-social crimes and unemployment in Redditch.

The volunteer-run service is now appealing to local businesses to consider joining the project, either as an active partner or funder, to help get the project off the ground.

Anyone interested can get in touch with Sarah Lee at Redditch Boxing Academy by email at Sarah.lee@redditchboxing.co.uk or by calling 07541 133844.

Visit www.redditchboxing.co.uk for more information on the academy.

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