Box Clever working with south Birmingham Police
As part of an initiative to offer positive activities to young people in both areas, two brand new boxing sessions were set up, one in
The two clubs were launched after the local neighbourhood teams both identified a need for positive activities for young people in
the area to provide an alternative to hanging around on the street and to teach valuable life skills.
PC Hayley Sherry from the Partnerships team at Bournville police station help organise the sessions. She said: "The boxing clubs
are a fantastic joint initiative between the police, Wayne and of course the children taking part.
"I believe that it's a fantastic opportunity for youngsters around the two areas to get involved in a positive sporting activity; whilst
learning discipline, keeping fit and meeting new friends.
"So far we have had over 25 young people take part and I would urge any young people from the Billesley or Bartley Green areas to
go along and try the club – after all it's not too often that people get the chance to be coached by a former world champion boxer!"
Box Clever working with Solihull Neighbourhood Sports Programme
“The boxing programme which Wayne Elcock delivers in partnership with the Solihull Neighbourhood Sports Programme is proving
very successful. Wayne uses his excellent interpersonal skills to engage and enthuse young people in a wide range of boxing skills,
drills and challenges. The programme provides a fantastic focus for young people’s energy and efforts and is grounded in the
principles of fun, commitment, discipline and building self-esteem. Boxing is now a cornerstone of the Solihull Neighbourhood
Neighbourhood Sports Programme.”
Neighbourhood Sports Manager
Box Clever working with staffordshire Police force
Wayne without your input on the addicted to sport programme it would not have been anywhere near as successful. To have
someone with your considerable background and achievements in the sport attend sessions and using your skill and experiences
to help make changes to a number of young people's lifes. Your relaxed and confident manner of engaging with certain difficult
young persons made a significant difference to their behaviour and attitude. I am pleased to say that a number of these are now
engaged in valued roles in the services and one has recently completed the Royal Marines Commando training course. I can only
extend my thanks to you for your help with the programme. And I am sure anything you are involved with will prove successful.
Les Potts (former) Police officer Staffordshire Police Force
Box Clever working with Wolverhampton Police in schools
A FORMER British middleweight boxing champion is working with children in an area of Wolverhampton as part of ongoing efforts to
prevent young people becoming involved in gang related activity.
Wolverhampton Police are working closely with partners in areas that are known to be affected by urban street gangs.
One of the areas is Pendeford, where boxer Wayne Elcock has begun working with children at Dovecotes Primary School.
The aim is to use boxing as an alternative activity for young people who are believed to be vulnerable and could be potentially
influenced by negative aspects of street culture as they get older.
PC Michelle Rushton, who has helped to organise the lessons, said: "In an area such as Wolverhampton, where we have issues
with street gangs, it's important to try and target youngsters early in order to deter them from becoming involved in criminality.
"Children can sometimes fall into the wrong crowd and come under pressure from older age groups who look to recruit into their
"We want to ensure that youngsters are aware of all the opportunities open to them, so that they don't feel the need to be drawn
into a world of criminality.
"A great way to do this is through boxing, which is seen as a recognised sport that brings youngsters together by encouraging
respect for rules, respect and discipline."
Box Clever working in Solihull
BOXING champ Wayne Elcock has helped to launch a new project, designed to get young people into sport – and keep out of trouble.
Birmingham-born Wayne, a former British middleweight champion, paid a visit to North Solihull Sports Centre last week.
Visitors were treated to demonstrations from the 36-year-old, and also had the chance to try football and athletics sessions.
The event marked the creation of the Neighbourhood Sports Programme – which merges the existing Positive Futures and Fusion
Mayor of Solihull, Coun Ian Courts, who was also at the event, praised the activities.
“These sessions provide young people with something fun to do in their free time, as well as encouraging a team spirit and
confidence,” he said.
“I am really worried, however, to see how much the Mayoress enjoyed taking part in the boxing training!”
A few days before his visit to North Solihull Sports Centre, Wayne made a separate trip to Park Hall School, in Castle Brom.
And as it turned out, the girls beat the boys to the punch – surprising Wayne with their technical ability.
Wayne will be heading back to Park Hall next term to help run a 12-week Box Clever course.