Boxing clever in Alfreton

World champion boxer Jawaid Khaliq MBE has opened a new community gym at Alfreton Polygon Youth Centre.

Derbyshire County Council and Derbyshire Police have teamed up to extend the successful Ozbox project.

Launched nine years ago by Chesterfield police sergeant Steve Osbaldeston MBE, it offers boxing-based fitness sessions designed to help young people stay out of trouble.

The fourth of the community gyms planned in Derbyshire was officially opened in October and follows the successful launches of gyms in Creswell, Fairfield and Woodville earlier this year.

The gyms are possible thanks to £462,000 county council funding – to help target even more youngsters over the next three years.

Community-based outreach sessions, and sessions in schools, are also offered as part of the scheme so as many young people as possible can take part.

Chief Inspector Brian McKeown said: “OzBox gives young people somewhere safe and welcoming to go in the evenings and keeps them off the streets where they could get into trouble.

“By working in partnership with Derbyshire County Council we are able to offer this fantastic scheme to many more young people across Derbyshire.

“We hope the young people of Woodville will relish this opportunity to take part and may even be encouraged to take the sport further having been inspired by the achievements of others this summer.”