YOUNG people can access free boxing classes in Wangara through a partnership between police and a boxing club.
The WA Police and Community Youth Centres (PCYC) has teamed up with Nashy’s Boxing Club to offer local youth at risk free boxing classes on Friday afternoons.
This is part of the WA PCYC North West Metropolitan Region program, which aims to expand outreach services into the area to increase youth engagement, in order to steer local youth away from crime.
Classes are aimed at people aged 12-17 years, and are held every Friday from 3.30-4.30pm at the Prindiville Drive club.
The boxing program aims to build youth self-esteem, teach discipline and self-control, whilst promoting the benefits of boxing as a sport.
Club owner Sean Nash supports the program and hopes to see participation rates rise over coming weeks.
Mr Nash said he would like to see the club become a hub for young people, especially those at risk, providing place where youth workers would pop in to provide youth with access to services they may not have elsewhere.
“We are trying to help WA PCYC expand its reach to local youth, and get youth interested in the boxing program,” he said.
“It is a great program providing young people with after school activities, and we hope to grow the program with the help of other northern clubs.”
The initiative aims to reduce and prevent crime risk situations by engaging and enabling school age youth to socialise, participate in constructive activities and learn skills.
The program will run until the end of the school term, with the last session on December 15.
The program also welcomes any vehicle support that can be offered by local organisations to provide transport for participants to and from the program.
To support the youth program or volunteer as a youth worker, call program co-ordinator Chrissy Howard on 0407 518 328.