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Box Cleva picks up award at Herts Fire and Rescue Heart awards
A boxing club to help children channel their aggression has picked up an award.
Box Cleva, based at the Hertswood Centre, in Potters Lane, Borehamwood, won a prize at the Herts Fire and Rescue Heart awards last Thursday.
Bob Williams, a firefighter at Borehamwood Fire Station, set the scheme up last year and said he is over the moon about its success.
He said: “It was a really proud moment for me when I found out that Box Cleva had won the award.
“I did not expect to win anything because I run the scheme to help the children, not for any glory.
“It is nice to be recognised though and I hope this means it will continue to go from strength to strength.”
The award ceremony, held in Hemel Hempstead, recognises ‘outstanding contributions’ by firefighters and partner organisations.
The Watford resident, decided to start the club to be a role model to eight to 15-year-olds control their anger in a safe environment.
The weekly non-contact boxing club also teaches children about substance abuse, holds drug awareness sessions and healthy eating talks.
Mr Williams, himself an ex professional boxer, added: “Winning the award really shows me what a positive difference Box Cleva is making to these children in helping control anger, so this has inspired me to expand it to other areas.”