Sir Clive Loader – Police and Crime Commissioner to support Local young people project – Box Smart
On Monday 6 January, 2014 Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sir Clive Loader visited Box Smart an early intervention project he funds as part of a commissioned outcome which works to reduce offending and re-offending amongst local young people in Leicester excluded from school or not in education, employment of training (NEET).
Waterfront B-Active which runs the Box Smart project received £10,000 via PCC Grant to support and to provide one-to-one support and group work for children and young people aged 10 to 22 in Leicester. Forty to 50 young people are registered with Box Smart, with 25 to 30 attending boxing classes and health-awareness activities in any one session.
PCC Sir Clive Loader said: “Box Smart is providing a pathway for young people to find their way in the world. Understanding and experiencing achievement through sport builds self-confidence and enables them to pursue a brighter future free from crime and anti-social behaviour.”
Waterfront B-Active is contributing to strategic priority number one in Sir Clive’s Police and Crime Plan: to reduce first time entrants into the Criminal Justice System. In some cases, the project works with young people and their younger siblings, an approach which helps to support local young people and their families.
Sir Clive said: “Early interventions within families can help to prevent the pattern of truancy being passed on from older to younger siblings, reducing the chances of those young people entering the Criminal Justice System.”
Waterfront B-Active recently became one of the small number of boxing clubs in the country to receive the Amateur Boxing Association Club Mark for excellent practices and procedures in the training of young people.
An example of how the Waterfront B-Active boxing course can provide a pathway to success outside of the sport is Namisha (19) from Narborough, who started boxing with the club when she was 14 years old. At 16, she became a boxing coach supporting local young people at the club and has since gone on to start a degree course at university.
Michael Burgess project coordinator of Box Smart at Waterfront Sports and Education Academy said: “Completing our activities gives young people a sense of achievement which they might not have the chance to achieve outside of education or training.”
“The PCC grant has helped us to provide more sessions for young people. Funding from Sir Clive ensures local young people to get the support they need and to develop the motivation to go on to do great things.”
The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Leicestershire has made the Police and Crime Plan available to the public on its website in original full text, executive summary, and Easy Read versions. The webpage also displays a video introduction [visit http://youtu.be/w3yfn_Qnt_Q] to the Plan complete with British Sign Language interpretation by Action Deafness. To access the Plan, go to http://ow.ly/qld74 or visit www.leics.pcc.police.uk and seek the Police and Crime Plan tab.
For more information about PCC Sir Clive Loader and the OPCC, or to become involved in shaping the vision for policing in our area, please visit the OPCC Website www.leics.pcc.police.uk
If you have any information about crime and anti-social behaviour in your area please contact your local police on 101 or call Crimestoppers, which is free and anonymous, on 0800 555 111.
About Sir Clive Loader
Sir Clive Loader is the Police and Crime Commissioner for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. He is the people’s representative who was elected in 2012 to shape the future of policing in the local area. His role is to hold the Chief Constable to account for the delivery of local policing, a process which is support by his Police and Crime Plan which detail how the Leicestershire Police will work in the future to achieve excellence in four key area: Making Neighbourhoods and Communities Safer; Supporting Victims and Witnesses;
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