New boxing classes for youngsters

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Young people in Erewash can keep fighting fit in 2014 at new sessions of Derbyshire police’s pioneering OzBox scheme.

The free boxing-based fitness classes are open to boys and girls aged from nine to the late-teens.

They are aimed at encouraging self-confidence, motivation and fitness in young people, and to help prevent them becoming involved in ant-social behaviour and crime.

A new Thursday night OzBox class will be starting at Long Eaton Youth Centre following the successes of the same venue’s Monday night sessions and the new group at Cotmanhay’s SureStart centre.

The details of when the classes start up again after Christmas are:

Cotmanhay SureStart, Beauvale Drive, Ilkeston: from Wednesday, January 8, 5.30pm to 6.30pm.

Long Eaton Youth Centre, Derby Road, Long Eaton: the Monday night sessions stop on December 23 and start again on January 6, from 5.30pm to 6.30pm for ages nine to 12, and 6.30pm to 7.30pm for ages 13+.

Long Eaton Youth Centre, Derby Road, Long Eaton: the new Thursday night sessions start from January 9, 5pm to 6pm, and are open to all age groups.

OzBox was launched in Chesterfield by Steve Osbaldeston MBE and is a boxing based fitness scheme aimed and young people aged up to 19.

It is funded by Derbyshire police, the Big Lottery Fund and partners including Derby City Council and Derbyshire County Council.

All the equipment is provided and the sessions are free for young people, male and female, of all backgrounds and cultures to attend.

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