BOX OUT OF IT: PROMOTING PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, COMMUNICATON & COMMITMENT FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

Box Out Of It

Box Out Of It is one of our most meaningful and far reaching initiatives at Boxing Futures.

The programme offers mixed groups of young people the opportunity to enjoy healthy physical activity whilst at the same time developing a range of soft skills including teamwork, communication, time keeping and commitment.

The structured programme encourages friendship and positive social interactions between young people and the opportunity to develop their CVs, which they can then use to gain further training, volunteering opportunities and access to employment.

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How it works

Box Out Of It is currently available in Peterborough and London and each group based programme involves 6-12 young people who train together once or twice a week. Each session lasts for an hour and the programme lasts 12 weeks.

Some young people lack the confidence to work in a group environment. So our coaches and volunteers also offer 1:1 support in specific circumstances to provide additional mentoring support.

We are able to deliver the Box Out Of It programme, as well as our other Boxercise initiatives, because of our close corporate partnership with Boxercise Corporation – which offers extensive support for our vital work.

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Individual achievement

Each young person on the programme has the objective to achieve his or her bronze Boxercise award.

This means learning an eight basic shot combination, fundamental footwork and attending his or her training with a positive attitude, willingness to learn and responsiveness to the coach’s instructions.

Who takes part?

Young people are referred to us from a wide variety of referral agencies.

For our programme in Peterborough this includes Peterborough LEA, Peterborough City Council Young People’s Services and other organisations like the YMCA.

The young people who are likely to get the most from the programme are those who are excluded in some way, or need help with their mental health and wellbeing.

The programme is 100% inclusive and levels of fitness at outset are not relevant, the aim is for the group to work together and we offer a range of different alternatives to drills and exercises so that we can encompass all needs.

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Our Box Out of It programme changes young lives

Why the programme works

Improving fitness with regular Boxercise sessions is clearly beneficial for young people but Box Out of It offers much more than this by introducing them to positive social behaviours and experiences.

Every participant follows clear behaviour guidelines and needs to arrive on time, wear appropriate clothing and greet the coach and say thank you at the end.

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Box Out of It operates in our local communities

What it is not about

Box Out Of It is not about boxing or fighting.

As with all of our programmes we want to improve fitness, and to teach young people to help, motivate and encourage each other through exercise and teamwork.

Next steps

Ultimately all of the experiences and skills which are developed on the Box Out Of It programme can be added to each individual’s CV as evidence of teamwork, participation and perseverance.

The aim of the programme is to improve both fitness and confidence, so once complete we provide signposting services to opportunities in training, employment and volunteering within Boxing Futures and other organisations.

A positive result is a long term engagement with sport as well as routes into education and sports careers.

After the programme participants can continue to train with their coach in six weeks of evening classes.

Want to find out more?

For more information on our innovative Box Out Of It programme please contact us.

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