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Boxing club shortlisted for national award for reducing ASB

Westy Boxing Club has been recognised by the StreetGames Awards in the Sport for Good category for the difference it has made to the local community in Latchford and its surrounding areas.

It will compete with projects from all over the country which have had a significant impact on improving the lives of disadvantaged young people.

The club was set up by LiveWire, the council, local PCSOs, Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, and Warrington Wolves Foundation in October 2015 following a spate of fire related anti-social behaviour incidents in the area.

Since its introduction into the community, both the fire and police service have seen a dramatic reduction in the number of ASB calls in the area with a number of individuals who had been causing problems taking part in the boxing sessions.

The club, which is based at Westy Community Centre on Bridgewater Avenue, provides a base for young people to exercise, learn new skills and socialise every Wednesday evening.

The club’s adopted motto is ‘respect and discipline’ and sessions are used to instil the importance of these values not only in boxing, but in everyday life.

Paul Flannery, neighbourhood engagement officer at LiveWire, said: “We are delighted that Westy Boxing Club has been shortlisted for such a prestigious award.

“We’ve worked really hard over the last 18 months to grow the club and ensure it’s successful at not only reducing ASB, but promoting community cohesion and creating new opportunities for young people.

“This nomination will provide fantastic exposure for the project and will help raise its profile on a local and national scale.”

The winner of the award will be announced at a special awards ceremony on Wednesday 5 April at Warwick University – with Judy Murray and Sport England CEO, Jennie Price attending the event.

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