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Non-contact boxing club BoxCleva, Borehamwood, did 'fantastically well' in 2012, says Borehamwood firefighter Bob Williams
A high kick and a powerful punch has helped children at a non-contact boxing club control their aggression in a safe environment.
Box Cleva, which meets at the Hertswood Centre, Potters Lane, Borehamwood, was first started by firefighter Bob Williams three years ago.
Since 2010, the club has gone from strength to strength and organisers say 2012 was a “truly great year for the club”.
Mr Williams, who works at Borehamwood Fire Station, said: “We did so fantastically well last year – everything was simply outstanding.
“I am so proud of the kids who try so hard. This has been so successful that we plan on setting up groups in other parts of Hertfordshire too.
“I would like to thank the groups that support by giving us money– we could not have done so well without them.”
The scheme is part funded by Borehamwood Fire Station, Community Action Hertsmere and local councillors.
The non-contact boxing club also teaches children about substance abuse, holds drug awareness sessions and healthy eating talks.
After being nominated for the HEART award for innovative community initative, BoxCleva won the 2012 Heart Community Award.
It also won a silver award for innovative community initiative at the National Improvement and Efficiency awards in Westminster.
The group has also welcomed support from boxing champions Sean Murphy and Gary Foley, who trained Olympic gold medallist Anthony Joshua.
Mr Williams added: “The scheme has hosted hundreds of children over the last three years and 34 of our children have passed bronze awards.
“Sixteen have gained their silver awards and four have even managed to get a hold medal. I am so happy for them all.”
If you think you could support the scheme, or become a volunteer, give Mr Williams a call on 07940 573 448.