Cheshire’s police and crime commissioner has visited a sports club which is helping to reduce anti-social behaviour in Holmes Chapel through diversionary activities.
David Keane paid a visit to Holmes Chapel Boxing Club to see how it’s benefiting from a grant from his Safer Communities Fund.
Holmes Chapel Boxing Club launched earlier this year to promote community cohesion and to give young people a safe place to practice their boxing skills.
It was set up following concerns raised by the Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School about the dangers faced by year 7 and 8 students who were organising unsupervised boxing matches in local parks after school with no protective headgear.
The club received £5,000 from the Commissioner’s Safer Communities Fund earlier this year to purchase new equipment including a full-size boxing ring. This has enabled the dedicated volunteers to get the club off the ground to provide an outlet to prevent young people causing trouble.
Since then, it’s managed to attract nine registered boxers who have all won the opportunity to compete regionally for the North West Region of England Boxing.
The Goostrey-based club has also recruited two additional box coaches to support even more young people. It’s also started offering nutritional support to ensure the young boxers are eating the right foods to support their exercise programmes.
PCC David Keane said: “Holmes Chapel Boxing Club is not only having a huge impact on the development of the young boxers but it’s also having a positive impact on the local community by reducing anti-social behaviour.
“Young people often commit anti-social behaviour because they have nothing else to do which is partly a reflection of the underfunding of youth services and diversionary activities.
“I want to use my Safer Communities Fund to fund projects like this throughout Cheshire to ensure young people have an outlet to positively focus their attention to stop them trouble-causing on our streets and help them achieve their goals.”
Holmes Chapel Boxing Club head coach, Kevin Brownlow, added: “It’s been fantastic to see the positive impact the club has had on the wider community over the past few months.
“We’re thankful for the support from the police and crime commissioner which has helped the club develop and attract new members.
“All of our boxers have demonstrated commitment, self-discipline and technical ability which has helped them achieve their goals.
“We’ve even putting three young boxers through coaching training which will enable them to coach their peers and gain vital work experience and life skills.”
Holmes Chapel Boxing Club is one of sixteen projects across Cheshire which has recently received Safer Communities Funding to support crime prevention or meet the objectives within the commissioner’s police and crime plan.
To find out more about the Safer Communities Fund, please visit https://www.cheshire-pcc.gov.uk/what-im-doing/safer-communities-fund/