The reason why travellers go boxing...

PUBLISHED: 13:32 13 June 2006 | UPDATED: 10:20 06 May 2010

The young boxers

The young boxers

IT is 52 years old and still going strong. Now a group of young men from the travelling community have produced a unique history of Stevenage Amateur Boxing Club. It s In Our Blood was inspired by eight young people, seven of them travellers, and tracks

IT is 52 years old and still going strong.

Now a group of young men from the travelling community have produced a unique history of Stevenage Amateur Boxing Club.

It's In Our Blood was inspired by eight young people, seven of them travellers, and tracks the history of the club since it opened its doors in 1954.

Education officers from Hertfordshire County Council and the community development officer for Stevenage Borough Council, together with club staff, worked with the youngsters to produce the book over 12 months.

Inspiration for the book's title was taken from 17-year-old Clifford Smith, one of the contributors, who said: "The reason travellers go boxing is because...it's in our blood."

Leroy Williams of the county council's adult learning scheme worked alongside the boxers to create the book: "This is a grassroots project inspired by the spirit and creativity of the young people involved. It's In Our Blood is the result of months of hard work and dedication."

David Lloyd, county executive member for education, said: "These young men have proved that whatever your background, it's never too late to take up a pen and get creative.

"The key to the success of this project is that the authors chose to write about something they have a genuine interest in - their love of boxing."

The book includes a photograph and sporting biography of each of the contributors, listing their boxing ambitions and the professional boxers they look up to.

The borough council's executive councillor for community and culture, Sue Myson, said: "Producing a book of this quality is a great achievement for these young men and one they can be very proud of.

"With Stevenage turning 60 this year it's the perfect time to reflect on the history of our town and it's pleasing to see young people making their own contributions."

The book was launched yesterday (Wednesday). Copies, together with an accompanying DVD and learning material, can be purchased from the county council by emailing kristy.thakur@hertscc.gov.uk

: Terry 'The Trainer' Emberson, Paddy Jones 16 years, John Jones 16 years, Clifford Smith 17 years, Fred Holmes 16 years

Bottom Row: Tyson Price 14 years, Levi Smith 14 years, Tommy Grice 12 years, Terrance Junior Jones 8 years, Terry Holmes 13 years)

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