Police team up with Hertford fitness and wellbeing centre to offer new opportunities to young people
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Police in Hertford have teamed up with Nuffield Health to host free boxing sessions for young people, as a positive diversion away from crime and anti-social behaviour.
The monthly sessions will take place at the Nuffield Heath Fitness and Wellbeing Centre at Madford Retail Park, and will give people aged 11 to 15 an opportunity to train with instructor Kingsley Morgan, who has worked with professional and semi-pro boxers for 25 years.
He’s also worked with several specialist school groups to provide boxing classes for children who have been expelled, in the hopes of showing them a better path.
The first session will take place on Monday 19 February, at 4pm, with places still available.
PCSO Abbie Brackenbury from the Neighbourhood Policing Team has helped coordinate the initiative and said: “We’re really pleased to be working alongside Nuffield Health on this project, to help younger members of our community find a positive path in life, away from crime and anti-social behaviour.
“We’ll be popping into the sessions to engage with those taking part, pass on advice and help build more positive relationships between them and the police.”
Grant Smith, Multi-Site Customer Experience Manager at Nuffield Health said: “We’re very proud to have the opportunity to work with Herts Police and support their ambitions to improve the health of young people in this area as we are committed to building a healthier nation.
“Our community, including young people, need organisations like Herts Police to teach them healthy habits for life and keep people connected through healthy environments. We hope these sessions provide young people in the area with opportunities to meet new people and learn new skills.”
If you’re aged between 11 and 15 and interested in signing up for the sessions, visit bit.ly/hertford-boxing to register.
Those interested do not need to be members of the Fitness and Wellbeing Centre, and the initiative is free to access for all young people in the local community.