What is OzBox?
The 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 more than 300 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?
OzBox 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.
What is the future for OzBox?
OzBox is growing and developing. It has received funding from Derbyshire County Council and the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund to extend the scheme even further across the county.
The funding will enable more sessions to be run in schools and through mobile and community gyms.
It will also help to recruit hundreds more OzBox coaches to deliver sessions and encourage them to become qualified sports leaders and mentors to young people at risk.
How can I get involved?
To find out where your nearest OzBox sessions are taking place call 01246 522304 or email firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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.firstname.lastname@example.org. A leaflet about volunteering can also be downloaded from the Related Documents section of this page.
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)
- An amateur boxer who regularly takes part in police-led training sessions in Derby landed a podium finish in an international competition.
- A city community centre will play host to a police-led boxing fitness scheme after reopening to the public.
- Youngsters in Youlgrave and surrounding areas are being invited to put on their boxing gloves and take part in free OzBox training sessions.
- Young people in the Doe Lea area will be fighting fit thanks to a new satellite OzBox gym which has opened in the village.
- Youngsters in Wirksworth and Middleton are being encouraged to put on their boxing gloves and take part in free OzBox training sessions.
OzBox in action