North Hertfordshire Homes supports Box Cleva Letchworth

Lily takes advice from coach Jamie

Lily takes advice from coach Jamie - Credit: Archant

Box Cleva Letchworth will be running until December thanks to North Hertfordshire Homes funding.

The donation means that following the summer break, children between seven and 15 years could continue to attend the energetic classes that provide discipline and confidence in a fun way.

At nine years old, Lily is the longest attending student at the sessions which use the hall in Garden City Academy school as their gym.

Lily’s mum said: “Lily’s been boxing since it started here in 2011 and there’s no sign of her giving up. At a recent parents evening, the school said they thought she was more focussed in her classes and I think boxing has had an effect on her concentration.”

Classes are run by Tony Dungan and Jamie Stanley, both registered coaches with the Amateur Boxing Association of England. Tony said: “The kids come from a range of backgrounds and circumstances and are referred to us by Box Cleva founder Bob Williams. Some of the kids may have been suggested to him by the police, schools or other agencies such as North Hertfordshire Homes’ Anti-Social Behaviour team. We are fun, positive role models that give them care and attention. Some may not have had that before.”

Nicola Pearson, North Hertfordshire Homes neighbourhood development officer, said: “We find if children have a healthy outlet for their energies, they are less likely to get up to mischief at home or in the community. The Box Cleva sessions are a good combination of energetic fun and focus.”