OzBox

Our newly-qualified Ozbox volunteers

What is OzBox?

A young boy boxing at an Ozbox sessionThe OzBox scheme involves sessions of non-contact boxing and fitness training that are free to youngsters aged 11 to 19-years-old.

The sessions are about having fun but they also teach young people to take pride in themselves and in their community.

It was set up in Chesterfield in 2003 by Steve Osbaldeston MBE, a police officer, to encourage young people to keep fit and lead healthy lifestyles to help stop them getting involved in anti-social behaviour and crime.

The scheme was so successful that OzBox sessions are now held across the county|.

OzBox is delivered by a number of trained volunteers including police officers, PCSOs, youth workers, students, firefighters and members of the public.

All the equipment is provided and the sessions are free for young people, male and female, of all backgrounds and cultures to attend. 

It is recognised and supported by the Amateur Boxing Association of England (ABAE). Country Crop, a local business, donates fruit which is available at the sessions.

The success of the OzBox scheme has been nationally recognised. OzBox was voted as the winner of the Daily Mirror People’s Award at the 2009 Justice Awards.

Who benefits from OzBox?

Big Lottery FundOzBox is a unique and innovative activity. As well as benefiting local communities by offering a challenging and energetic pastime for young people, those attending OzBox sessions benefit from skilled training, with a chance of progression for those who demonstrate an aptitude for the sport. Ricky Pearce was introduced to boxing through OzBox. He has since gone on to achieve national honours for professional boxing.

How can I get involved?

Taking part

To find out where your nearest OzBox sessions are taking place call 01246 522304 or email ozbox@derbyshire.pnn.police.uk| or visit the website www.ozbox.org|

All children taking part must provide a consent form signed by a parent or guardian and wear suitable clothing. Forms will be provided by organisers and a copy of this| can be downloaded from the Related Documents section of this page. 

OzBox sessions can be booked in four week blocks or one-off taster sessions. For more information please contact the OzBox team on 01246 522304 or email ozbox@derbyshire.pnn.police.uk|.

Volunteering

To find out how to become a volunteer for OzBox contact Derbyshire County Council’s Volunteer Passport Scheme co-ordinator Claire Austin on 01629 532053 or email Claire.austin@derbyshire.gov.uk|. A leaflet about volunteering| can also be downloaded from the Related Documents section of this page.

Follow OzBox

The OzBox scheme can be found on both Facebook and Twitter. Both of these offer the chance to catch up with the latest news on OzBox, such as new schemes opening in the county and changes of times and sessions.

OzBox on Facebook|

OzBox on Twitter (@OfficialOzbox)|

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OzBoxer strikes gold in international competition

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An amateur boxer who regularly takes part in police-led training sessions in Derby landed a podium finish in an international competition.
Date:
21/08/2014

OzBox laces up gloves as Mandela Centre reopens its doors

OzBox laces up gloves as Mandela Centre reopens its doors
Description
A city community centre will play host to a police-led boxing fitness scheme after reopening to the public.
Date:
22/07/2014

Youlgrave youngsters encouraged to get fighting fit with OzBox training sessions

Youlgrave youngsters encouraged to get fighting fit with OzBox training sessions
Description
Youngsters in Youlgrave and surrounding areas are being invited to put on their boxing gloves and take part in free OzBox training sessions.
Date:
13/05/2014

Young people boxing clever in Doe Lea thanks to new OzBox gym

Description
Young people in the Doe Lea area will be fighting fit thanks to a new satellite OzBox gym which has opened in the village.
Date:
20/02/2014

Wirksworth and Middleton youngsters invited to get fighting fit

Wirksworth and Middleton youngsters invited to get fighting fit
Description
Youngsters in Wirksworth and Middleton are being encouraged to put on their boxing gloves and take part in free OzBox training sessions.
Date:
18/02/2014
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OzBox in action

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