New Lincoln boxing club to tackle anti-social behaviour
A new boxing club set up to tackle antisocial behaviour in one of the city’s crime ridden hotspots is proving a knockout success.
The sessions in Birchwood have attracted more than 20 young members since it launched last month.
It is hoped the lessons will spark a significant fall in crimes reported in Birchwood over the coming months.
Between January and June of this year, there were 418 criminal acts recorded in the area.
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The idea was generated by Rosie Kirk, Birchwood councillor on both Lincolnshire County Council and City of Lincoln Council.
She said: “This is something I have wanted to do in Birchwood for a long time.
“Birchwood is a very deprived area, there is a high rate of child poverty and I believe this area has been overlooked.
“This I hope will really start to tackle antisocial behaviour in the area - especially among the young children.
“There is no hiding from the fact that there is very little to do in this area for children.
‘This I hope will really start to tackle antisocial behaviour in the area’
@ Councillor Rosie Kirk
“You often see them doing little and even getting into trouble on the streets because they have little to positively distract their minds.
“I am delighted this project has finally got off the ground and I think it could go on to be very successful.
“The plan is to eventually open an official boxing club on the estate.”
The sessions are currently for children aged between eight and 12 with plans to expand and take on teenagers later in the year.
Benjamin Smith, 11, said: “I really enjoy the boxing. It is different than I expected it to be. Lots of people go to it and it is really worth having in the area.”
They take place every Thursday evening at Birchwood Junior School, in Larchwood Crescent, between 6pm and 8pm.
Three trainers take the session, who aim to teach children how to channel aggression in the right manner.