Boxing club to keep 'kids off the street'

First published in Where I Live by

Feltham youths could become the boxing champs of the future, thanks to a unique sports project that will keep youngsters off the streets on Friday nights.

The Army, police, fire brigade, schools and community groups have combined forces in the groundbreaking scheme to offer a range of opportunities – including top class coaching with a renowned England amateur champion.

Feltham Friday Club, which will run out of Feltham Community College from January next year, will also provide access to new high-tech dance mats and a climbing wall.

Helen Ives, partnership development manager for Feltham School Sport Partnership, said the exciting initiative had been made possible by an estimated £50,000 funding through the nationwide Sport Unlimited scheme run by Sport England.

She said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for young people in the area to become engaged in sport in a safe and fun environment.

“It is the vision and commitment of the school sport partnership to provide a wide range of sporting activities for young people, as well as opportunities to become involved in leadership and volunteering possibilities, and even train as coaches.

“It is a credit to the commitment of all the partners involved that we are able to work together to deliver this opportunity, and I can only hope that this is the first of many.”

Councillor Paul Lynch, lead member for children’s services and education at Hounslow Council, said it was “great” to see so many organisations coming together to help young people, including the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers from Hounslow barracks, who had “contibuted with gusto to so many activities.”

He said: “We have a new line-up here, with police and the fire brigade, which will give real individual character to this extended schools cluster.”

Inspector Manpreet Bains, of Hounslow police, added: “We look forward to nurturing the talent and boundless energy of young people.”

The club will kick off with its launch night at the Browells Lane college at 6pm on Friday, December 12, where youngsters and their parents can sign up, find out more about what is on offer and meet the coaches.

Membership prices will cost no more than £2 per session, which will run out of the sports hall and dance studio from 8pm to 10pm every Friday.

For queries phone Maeve Begley on 020 8894 9837 or 07932 513869, or email mailtobegley.crane-park.hounslow@lgfl.net

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