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PC Chris Watts and Haringey Police and Community Boxing Club run summer programme
A Seven Sisters policeman and the team which trained an Olympic gold medal winner have set up a boxing club to help tackle anti-social behaviour.
PC Chris Watts worked with the Haringey Police and Community Boxing Club to host the initiative at Triangle Children, Young People and Community Centre, in St Ann’s Road.
He approached the boxing club, where Team GB female boxer Nicola Adams trained, after residents had complained children had nothing to do during the long summer days and anti-social behaviour would become a problem.
The club agreed to work together with the Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) to provide coaching in fitness and boxing skills to young people free of charge.
PC Watts said, “It has been a positive experience for all those who attended and in building relationships with the youths.
“They have learnt new skills which they can continue at the boxing club”.
The youth programme ran every Tuesday for five weeks until August 20 with local youths interacting with the SNT officers.
Police boxing club secretary Gerry Willmott said he and his team would love to come back and pick up where they left off.
He said: “Myself and all the coaches from Haringey Police Boxing Club really enjoyed working with all the young people from The Triangle.
“It was great working alongside the local policing team to teach these young people the skills of boxing, and show them just how fit and dedicated young boxers have to be.
“We would love to come back here and carry on from where we have left off, and even take it to more youth centres and schools across the borough.”
Mr Willmott added: “We know this sort of scheme works as we have been doing them for many years working alongside officers such as Sgt Sue Marsh in schools etc.
“This was a fantastic opportunity to show the young people the positive side of policing and what the police can help bring to them.”
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