Police Boxing Club Success
|Published: 19th April 2012 11:00|
Police Boxing Club Success
A 10 week boxing course ran by Humberside Police will soon be coming to an end.
Students from Sydney Smith School have been taught by the best boxers in the area thanks to bobbies from Kirkella Police Station.
Funding was secured by the Tribune Trust and Sydney Smith School to set up three classes a week for pupils to attend instead of their usual Physical Education lessons.
A total of 20 students aged between 13 and 16, took part in a 10 week course, three times a week at the City of Hull amateur boxing club, North Hull.
The classes, comprising of 10 pupils in each attended on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. This activity formed part of the physical education for the students and promoted fitness, healthy eating, self respect for self and others and discipline. The Kirkella Neighbourhood Policing Team set this up in a bid to promote team ethos.
The students were invited to take part in the boxing classes who were already involved in an allotment project with the Kirkella NPT.
Local boxers including, Kurtis Woodhouse and Tommy Coyle taught the students and supported the initiative throughout.
Along with the Tribune Trust, Sydney Smith agreed to fund part of the money required for the project.
Head Coach at the amateur boxing club, Mike Gibbons also ran the lessons.
PC Andy White from Kirkella Police Station said: "The idea to set this boxing club came when the allotment project naturally came to the end, as the darker nights drew in last year. I wanted to keep the pupils who have come on so well during the allotment project enthusiastic and working as part of a team, so started looking at a winter activity.
"I have been overwhelmed by the support given by the school and the Tribune trust who have all kindly funded the boxing project.
"The students, both boys and girls, have thoroughly enjoyed this course so much that some of them have said they will take up the sport personally and by doing the course, has helped the teams move forward towards the summer months and back to the allotment project; with a view to finding them placements at local companies.
"The last boxing class is on Friday 20th April, and officers from Kirkella Police Station will be at the club with the young people and the teachers from the school, offering support, advice and guidance.
"One of the Special Constables who works from Kirkella Police Station; Chris Savage has had a lot of involvement with the project and has attended throughout the course. In the past Chris has sparred with some of the students and as you can imagine, this went down really well. The winning students will then take part in a 5 week competition and as a one off, the pupils from Sydney Smith School will be attending to cheer on their classmates."