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City boxing club fights to tackle youth violence

An ex-gang member who believes the way to tackle youth crime is through discipline and a sense of belonging has created a forum for young people to get fit, learn new skills and increase their employability.

The KK school of Boxing on Carlton Rd is dedicated to helping young people learn discipline, motivating them to strive for better and giving them a sense of belonging in a positive environment.

Committed to helping tackle the reasons behind young people’s involvement in drugs and anti-social behaviour and crime, Marcellus Baz, co-founder and Head Coach of KK School of Boxing is himself a reformed gang member. Marcellus, known as ‘Baz’, feels that boxing helped him find a way out and now uses his previous experiences help him relate and understand ‘hard to reach’ young people better.

“We engage with young people from all over Nottingham, helping them find a better life,” he said.  “The school not only trains and educates young people about health and fitness; it also helps young people gain skills around team building, self esteem, and confidence.”

The club has a resources room where young people gain help with CVs and take part in workshops that help them access training courses and be ready for employment.  Part of the training delivered helps young people learn about substance misuse, gang culture and the repercussions of being involved.

The Club will be holding a Boxing event on 15th Dec and the new Police Crime Commissioner; Paddy Tipping will be coming along to show his support alongside the Mayor of Nottingham, Cllr Leon Unzcur and Sheriff of Nottingham, Cllr Merlita Bryan..

Police and Council Partnership service, Community Protection has helped fund the event, donating £1500 towards running costs.

Dave Walker, ex Chief Supt and Head of Community Cohesion for the partnership said: “Baz has achieved a lot for young people and we’re pleased to be able to support him.”

The new Police & Crime Commissioner for Nottinghamshire, Paddy Tipping, said:

“We need to work with young people to help them stay away from crime and this is an excellent example of the type of early intervention that will support them to do that. Young people are our future and we should invest in them to help us build a strong society.  

"This club has an innovative approach, shaped by someone who understands the problems young people face, and I’m particularly impressed with the resource room,  which enables young people to learn IT skills and become better equipped for the future.”

Liam Starbuck, who’s been a member of the club for two years said: “To be honest, this club has changed my life. Before this, I was doing nothing with myself and getting in trouble with the law, I’m now involved in boxing which has helped me change my life and now I’m in full time employment’’

The show will take place on Saturday 15 Dec between 6.30-7.30pm.

Posted on Thursday 13th December 2012
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