Posted on 16th March 2011
Youngsters in Peartree have been learning to get fit whilst improving their self confidence and discipline by taking part in Ozbox sessions organised by local police over the last few months.
Officers from the Peartree and Normanton Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team have organised the sessions with Dale Primary School with the purpose of engaging with this particular age group.
The sessions started in November last year and took place on a weekly basis. Now they have finished around 14 pupils have registered their interest at continuing the program with other Ozbox sessions that take place across Derby Division.
PCSO Monica Bhardwaj from the local team said: “The main objective of this was to implement early police involvement with the pupils so they could build a rapport with myself and other members of the Peartree and Normanton Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team.
“Since we began this training we have seen a real difference with the pupils, the sessions have greatly improved the pupils self confidence and fitness levels.
Ozbox is a free scheme aimed especially at youngsters between the ages of 11 and 19.
It is a boxing-based fitness programme which combines circuit training and boxing skills to improve confidence, discipline and fitness.
It also helps local officers to build relationships with youngsters and offer them something positive to take part in.
For more information about the Peartree initiative please contact PCSO Monica Bhardwaj on: 0345 123 33 33. For further information about Ozbox please contact PCSO Mark Smith on: 0345 123 33 33 or visit our website: www.derbyshire.police.uk