A police-led scheme that encourages children to keep fit through boxing-based activities — and become a positive part of their local community — has been rolled out in an Ilkeston primary school for the first time.
OzBox has been active in secondary schools since 2003. Now 25 children, aged ten and 11, at Dallimore Primary School in Kirk Hallam have been enjoying lessons every Friday with the help of instructor Wes Carter.
PE co-ordinator at the school, Lucy Haywood, said: “We have never had OzBox at the school before as they don’t normally do it in primary schools. The children are really enthusiastic.
“It’s going really well and has been integrated into lessons as an extra session. They are doing various skills like warming up, speed trials and have also have a go at sparring.
“They enjoy having the boxing gloves on and getting awards such as wristbands. The lessons cost the school nothing and we will definitely have it again next year if the funding is there.”
The Ozbox fitness classes, which run around the county, were founded by former Derbyshire policeman Steve Osbaldeston.
The programme combines circuit training and boxing skills to improve confidence, discipline and fitness.
It also helps local officers to build relationships with youngsters and offer them something positive to take part in.
Derbyshire Police run the classes to enable young people to have fun but to also teach them to take pride in themselves and in their community.
They are delivered by more than 300 trained volunteers including police officers, PCSOs, youth workers, students, firefighters and members of the public.