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Weekly boxing a knockout idea to keep Clase kids healthy

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 23, 2014

Young boxers at one of the sessions at with Clase PCSO Ceri Richards (centre) trainer Mike McLinden and Community First youth worker Liz Parry.

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JUST getting the club off the ground was a fight.

But now a group of Swansea youngsters have delivered a knockout blow and are hoping to inspire the next generation of boxing stars like the city's own Enzo Maccarinelli.

They have organised weekly boxing sessions at Clase Community Centre to help keep their fellow teenagers fit and healthy.

By giving youngsters something to do it is also hoped it will keep them out of trouble.

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Kyle Farrell, Cameron Farrell, Ben Evans, Jay Rossi, Jack Steel and Leo Bailey, aged between 12 and 19, wanted a boxing club in their community.

So after coming up with the idea, they set about raising funds.

With help from Swansea Council's young people's services and Clase and Caemawr Communities' First teams, along with the local police community support officer, they successfully bid for £2,000 of youth bank funding.

Local boxing instructor Paul Grenfell agreed to get on board and the first session took place on Wednesday.

Community First area youth worker for Clase and Caemawr Liz Parry said: "These boxing sessions are testament to the effort and work young people have put in.

"It is their idea, financed with money they raised and work they did.

"They grasped the opportunity to make a difference to their lives and that of other young people. They have also made a difference in their community even though it meant giving up their free time to make that happen."

Swansea Council's cabinet member for children and young people Mitch Theaker said: "It is wonderful to see young people making the most of their free time for the benefit of other young people and their community and as a council we are delighted to support such projects.

"It just shows how given the right support how caring, driven and innovative our young people can be.

"It also shows how a partnership approach can help spark something which I hope will make a real difference in the community."

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