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OzBox laces up gloves as Mandela Centre reopens its doors

Posted on 22nd July 2014

Mandela Centre


A city community centre will play host to a police-led boxing fitness scheme after reopening to the public.

The Mandela Centre, in Pear Tree Road, Normanton, was closed for two years and was officially reopened on International Mandela Day on Friday, July 18.

Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa attended the official opening of the building, which previously belonged to Derby City Council.

The centre hosts a variety of community groups and services, and will be the base for OzBox sessions every Tuesday and Thursday.

Trainers from the boxing fitness scheme took part in the opening and gave a demonstration on OzBox and its benefits to the community.

The centre will be the third OzBox venue in Derby, with two others being held at Normanton Park Gym, off Warwick Avenue, and Allenton Boxing Academy on Osmaston Road.

OzBox sessions will be held from 5.30pm to 7pm every Tuesday and Thursday, for youngsters aged 12 and over. Sessions will also be held for eight to 11-year-olds on Fridays during the school holiday, from 5pm to 6pm.

OzBox was launched ten years ago in Chesterfield by Steve Osbaldeston MBE and is a boxing based fitness scheme aimed and young people aged 11 to 19-years-old.

The sessions are led by GB Boxing trained tutors and encourages youngsters to have self-confidence, pride in their community and motivation, helping to prevent them becoming involved in anti-social behaviour and crime.

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To find out more about the Mandela Centre – the full name of which is The Mandela Community, Enterprise and Human Rights Education Centre – call 01332 347066.

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