Preston Police join forces with partners to steer young people away from crime with boxing project

Friday, January 20, 2023


Preston Police has been working alongside partners Community Gateway, Safer Preston, Lancashire Partnership Against Crime (LANPAC) and Larches and Savick Boxing Club to put together the 12-week scheme which is aimed at young people who are over the age of 11.
The club will run two sessions per week and will help young people to learn new skills and gain confidence, covering both physical and educational aspects on topics such as county lines, drugs and alcohol, mental health and bullying. 
Sgt Martin Hughes, from Preston Police, said: ‘Diversionary activities, such as boxing, are hugely important to the community, particularly those who are at risk of becoming involved in criminality. This programme allows young people to channel their energy and enthusiasm into positive activities, broadening their horizons and giving them a better start in life. These opportunities wouldn’t be able to take off without funding and we would like to thank our partners for their continued support.’
Sian Coulton, Engagement Manager from Community Gateway, said: ‘We work with our partners to get involved across all of our neighbourhoods. This project is a key part of this, providing activities for our young people that will not only teach them new skills, boost their confidence and increase their life chances, but also go a long way to helping build stronger, safer and more resilient communities. We are delighted to be able to support the programme.’
Stu Maddox, boxing coach and professional BKB fighter at Larches and Savick Boxing club, added: “My hope is that by the end of this programme the young people involved will take away the knowledge that there are better things in life than being on the streets, putting themselves at risk of being groomed into gangs, county lines and a life of crime and they will wish to carry on learning the art of boxing, gaining the discipline that comes with this sport”
Sessions are due to start later this year. If you know a young person who would benefit, or you would like more information, contact Community Gateway on 0800 953 0213 or email [email protected]

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