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17 February 2015

South Yorkshire Police qualify as BOX Instructors

Beat bobbies were among those on a BOX Instructor course in Sheffield this weekend, as part of a South Yorkshire Police sports project.

SportsFX South Yorkshire hosts football, dancing and boxing sessions across the county to provide positive activities for 10 to 19-year-olds.

The sessions are run by qualified coaches and, as part of their community engagement work, ten Police Officers, PCSOs and volunteers trained to qualify to deliver BOX.

PCSO Craig Butcher, who leads SportFXSY, said: “This was a great opportunity for our officers to learn Olympic-style techniques to help them deliver fun fitness sessions."

Ben Stewart, who delivered the course, said: "This was a great group to work with and, having assessed everyone at the end of the course, I'm very confident that they now have the skills and knowledge to deliver BOX to the wider community."

SportFX is a South Yorkshire Police-led project sponsored by Deputy Chief Constable Andy Holt.

The scheme is funded through a partnership with the Sheffield & Hallamshire County FA and South Yorkshire Sport to provide an opportunity for young people to develop positive life skills, such as team working, discipline and communication skills, as well as encouraging healthy lifestyles. SportFX South Yorkshire also aims to deter young people from becoming involved in anti-social behaviour.

The project was first set up in Goldthorpe in 2010 by the Safer Neighbourhood Team to help reduce ASB in the area.

The sessions were so successful, contributing to a 50 per cent reduction in anti-social behaviour in the first year, that in 2013 with the support of the project’s ambassador Howard Webb, SportFX SouthYorkshire was expanded to offer sessions across the county.

Thanks to Sheffield City ABC for the use of the club's facilities.

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“We learned a lot about technique and how to progress. The different combinations and language used will help make my own sessions so much better.”

Anthony Garcia , Sports Assistant