For the last two years the Repton boxing club has been involved with and a strong supporter of the Charity ‘Gloves Up Knives Down’ . The charity is backed by prospective London Mayor candidate Shaun Bailey. The charity works closely with communities across London to provide increased access to boxing facilities and lessons for young people from troubled communities.

Mayoral Candidate Shaun Bailey stated: “Having spent 20 years as a youth worker I have seen first-hand how sport can be harnessed to change people’s lives, and Gloves Up Knives Down is a prime example of what can be done.

 “This is more than just an opportunity to try a new sport. It offers young people hope. Boxing provides discipline, structure and reinforces the value of hard work. Some of these kids may go on to become the next Anthony Joshua, and those that don’t will become assets to their local communities and productive members of society.”

Knife crime levels in the UK are the highest on record, with London accounting for 14,725 knife crime offences, a third of all knife crime in the UK.

By Vernon Etridge


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