Addressing knife crime with young people
Box Smart was set up by Colchester Borough Homes as a means of addressing the growing problem of knife crime and County Lines activity within the Colchester area.
The vision for Box Smart was to instil confidence and discipline in young people through boxing, while providing access to positive role models and mentorship.
The programme provided free training from qualified boxing coaches to 16 disadvantaged young people, vulnerable to the dangers of knife crime and County Lines. In addition to the boxing training, the coaches also acted as positive role models and mentors for the youngsters.
The programme helped the young people to improve their relationships, develop new social connections and understand the positive role boxing and physical activity could play in their lives.
The group also received guidance and mentoring from Colchester-based Olympic boxer Lewis Richardson, who focused on the importance of family and the positive impact sport has made on his own life.
All participants received free membership at Alresford Boxing Club.