Professional boxer Anthony Yarde, Stephen Addison MBE and Cllr Jas Athwal
Professional boxer Anthony Yarde, Stephen Addison MBE and Cllr Jas Athwal

Earlier today the Leader of Redbridge Council, Cllr Jas Athwal joined Stephen Addison, the Founder and CEO of Box Up Crime and the Box Up Crime team, to launch a pioneering partnership steering young people away from criminality through boxing & mentorship.

Box Up Crime is a fantastic, innovative programme, tackling serious youth violence by providing free boxing training to 13 to 19 year olds, using resources communities already have – like school halls and town centres instead of traditional boxing gyms.

They work directly with young people to show them another path – away from gangs and violence and towards fulfilling their dreams and aspirations. Running workshops in Hainault Youth Centre and City Gates Church in Ilford.

The Council will now support Box Up Crime with additional funding and exercise space, with a joint scheme kicking off this Summer with pop up community sessions in high need areas.

The Council will also be working with Box Up Crime to raise awareness of the dangers of gang membership, running information sessions in schools for both children and parents.

Cllr Jas Athwal commented, “Keeping our children safe from the dangers of gangs, knives, and violence is our top priority in Redbridge and by working with Box Up Crime we really can make a difference to local families. I’ve been really impressed with what Stephen and his team have achieved so far and I am proud that our Council can now support their efforts.”

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