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The Police Community Clubs of Great Britain

Providing Opportunities Creating Successful Communities

Season Review Looking back at Bideford Ladies Football Club’s 2011/12 Campaign

Sportsmanship vs Citizenship Olympic Hopefuls

Club In Focus

Coaching in Prison

Success story

Our tips for London 2012

A PCCGB programme in Doncaster

Hard and Fast Police Boys Club

Svetlana Link














Editor: Andrew Davies

I was fortunate enough to visit a prison recently. Fortunate because I was able to witness first hand the incredible work the Police Communty Clubs of Great Britain undertake in order to promote positive citizenship. In a sports hall in Doncaster, a group of prisoners were able to complete a four day course culminating in being awarded their Level One Boxing Coaching Certificates. They greeted the news they’d passed with applause and handshakes, a politeness and discipline which had been evident throughout the course. The professionalism on show would not have looked out of place at any boxing academy in the country. But then that’s the point. For the previous three days that’s exactly what had been in place. The highest quality coaching from Mick Gannon and other Police Clubs coaches creating an environment of support for students who were all eager to learn and improve. The result was 20 new boxing coaches taking their first steps on a coaching pathway. Why is this so important? Because, as the coaches pointed out, if you have individuals like those from Doncaster Prison able to provide quality coaching to young people in our Police Boxing Clubs; there is another message they can deliver. The experience of being involved in crime to the point they ended up in prison, to be able to spot a young person on the periphery of crime and being able to talk to them, coach them, help them, is invaluable. That is what made the course important. It was about learning how to coach boxing technique but also how to get a message across as a coach. Coaching other prisoners with confidence and being able to communicate effectively with others are qualities that could lead to becoming positive citizens within a community. Citizens who can be influential in a positive way in society. That is the end result the Police Clubs strive for in their work. To be able to promote positive citizenship not just within the confines of a gym but also in the wider community. This was already evident during the certificate presentation in Doncaster. At a time when sport is dominating Britain, offenders had found an opportunity within boxing to take their first steps to becoming positive citizens. Not all will go on to coach boxing, although that is the hope, instead the Police Clubs aim to give offenders opportunities to change for the better. To be able to keep themselves out of trouble and then, possibly, help to keep others away from criminality. We at the Police Clubs will continually look to provide more and more ways to deliver courses and coaching in order to help others. From there, it’s down to the individuals to grasp that opportunity with both hands. In Doncaster, it was an opportunity grabbed and savoured. You could say, failing to do so, would have been criminal. Enjoy this issue! Andy, editor

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News from the founder of the Police Community Clubs of Great Britain Latest News End of Season Report

A review of Bideford Ladies Football Club 2011/12 campaign


The Criminals who became Coaches


Club In Focus

Andrew Davies reports on the Police Clubs visit to Doncaster where they delivered a programme to prisoners A look into the history behind the Hard and Fast Police Boys Club


Sportsmanship versus Citizenship


Success Story


Olympic Hopefuls

Our Journey


We ask if a good sportsperson makes a good citizen Metropolitan Police boxer Svetlana Link talks about her career so far Ahead of London 2012 we look at the boxers who could strike gold this summer The History of The Police and Community Boxing Association (Formerly The British Police Boxing Association)

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he Police Community Clubs of Great Britain (PCCGB) is an organisation dedicated to helping children to become good citizens and positive community members. Formed in 1992 by four serving Metropolitan Police officers, they wished to address the growing problem of young people roaming London’s inner-city streets which they achieved with some success in the North West London Boroughs of Brent and Harrow when they opened a facility where children could be safe, learn about discipline and participate in sporting activities. After testing various sports, they chose the sport of Amateur Boxing. It appeared that the provision of this sport attracted the young people whom they wished to directly engage with. In the intervening years the organisation has grown to encompass a network of clubs that stretches across the country. However, the board of serving and retired officers has ensured that the mission remains the same; helping young people to understand the importance of good citizenship.

The Structure Patron Lord John Stevens QPM A past Commissioner of Police for London, Lord Stevens is universally known for his support of police and the work they do. Since his retirement from the Police Service he has been appointed to lead on a number of high profile investigations and enquiries, not least of which was the investigation into the untimely death of Diana, Princess of Wales. A committed supporter of our work, the PCCGB are grateful to have him as their Patron. Martin Hewitt Deputy Assistant Commissioner Hewitt began his policing career with Kent Police in 1993, prior to which he completed 7 years military service as a Commissioned Officer in the Army. He has worked in a number of uniformed and detective posts; however he has specialist experience in investigation and intelligence both within the Counter Terrorist and Crime arenas. The day-to-day work of the PCCGB is organised ‘entirely voluntarily’ by four serving and/or retired police officers: The Secretary Barry Jones MBE The founder of the PCCGB, Barry has retired from the Metropolitan Police and after one year with the Home Office Immigration Inspectorate reviewing Child Protection, Child Smuggling and Trafficking issues, he has concentrated his efforts on establishing the PCCGB as a leader in the provision of support, sport,

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education and other vital areas associated with children and young people. The Chairman Derek Rulten Another founder member, Derek is a retired Superintendent from Essex Constabulary. The Treasurer Gordon Valentine Gordon has recently retired from the Metropolitan Police where he had command and responsibility for the Metropolitan Police Child Protection response to Child Smuggling and Trafficking where it impacted on London Ports. He now devotes substantial time to the PCCGB. Committee Simon Humphrey MA After being responsible for a number of sections within the Metropolitan Police including the Clubs and Vice Unit, and latterly its Thames Division and Air Support Services, Simon retired as a Chief Superintendent to take up post as Head of Police in Mustique in the Virgin Islands. Simon keeps in regular contact with our team and will return to play an active role at the conclusion of his present post.

Our Work There is no shortage of ideas, drive and enthusiasm to develop initiatives. Accessing the funds and resources to turn those initiatives into tangible activities, can be a difficult and frustrating task, especially for young people who are anxious to 


see their hopes and plans come to fruition. The PCCGB seek to bridge that gap. Citizenship The PCCGB support projects, which seek to develop children and young people into good and active citizens who can make a positive contribution to their communities. These will include activities to tackle social exclusion, truancy, bullying, working with excluded pupils and many other community-based initiatives. Police Community Clubs They support some 60-plus Police Community Clubs. As a requirement, each club must have at least one serving or retired police officer or Community Support Officer on their management committees. The rationale around this requirement is three fold: • Where projects are the subject of applications for funding, the officer[s] must ensure that such projects fall within or compliment ‘local crime reduction strategies’; • the officer[s] ensure that any funding provided is spent in the manner outlined in the application and; • the officer[s] ensures that any project supported, is capable of being sustained by the group ‘after’ its completion. Further education Scholarships – Further education Sports Academies Young people are funded through scholarships at Further Education Sports Academies. The FE Academies provide three year academic or vocational courses,


which integrate various sports within the curriculum. Staffed by the country’s finest coaches provided by Sport England; these youngsters are in many cases, given a ‘second chance’ whilst being given the opportunity to excel in their chosen sport. Their policy is to identify prospective students from within the clubs of the PCCGB however, worthy cases identified by police officers ‘working with disadvantaged young people’ are always considered. The latest partnership in this field is with the Bradford FE College in West Yorkshire where we are jointly supporting the college through the Boxing scholarship and Boxing Academy now named The Bradford Police and College Boxing Academy. The PCCGB also part fund the World Class Coach and the Development Officer at this College. Provision of educational material with the help of educationalists and other experts in their respective fields, the PCCGB produce educational material which

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addresses ‘current’ subjects that when available, support and complement children, parents and teachers alike. Some of the subjects currently addressed are Bullying, Vandalism, Bereavement, Personal Safety, Drugs, Tobacco and Alcohol and Health, Racism and Safety on the Web. One of our current publications address bullying and vandalism, this is titled, Barney & Echo – ‘A friendship made’. Other publications are Barney & Echo - ‘The Magic Mirror’ which is aimed at ‘Drugs Tobacco & Alcohol’ and ‘The Dimwits’ which addresses ‘Weapons & Knives’, Barney & Echo – ‘The Bad Apples’ which is aimed at ‘Anti-social Behaviour and Bullying' and Barney & Echo – ‘Caught In The Web’ which looks at ‘Internet Safety'. Our next publication in the series, ‘Sparky’s Big Idea’ will focus on the environment and sustainability.








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Barry Jones MBE

It is a pleasure to provide this update once again. Since our last publication the Police Clubs have delivered the first phase of our coaching programme within Doncaster Prison. Lasting some ten days, it has trained no fewer than twenty inmates up to National Governing Body level one standard. The course was supplemented with both First Aid and Safeguarding and Protecting Children courses which all have recognised certificated credits.

be fully insured by ourselves and hold a risk assessed current Enhanced CRB Disclosure certificate. Please contact our office for further details of this and other courses that we provide. As previously reported, our business partners, Community Initiatives Associates in Chester have developed an ‘App’ which features a game around our ‘Barney & Echo’ characters called Dizzy Heights. To download the game for free visit www.

The course was rapturously acclaimed by both prisoners and staff and includes a year-long monitoring process, managed by the Police Clubs GB of all successful participants upon their release from prison. Some have already been released and are now taking an active voluntary role in various community clubs throughout the UK. We have recently been notified that we have been successful in our bid to the Home Office in the delivery of targeted programmes of gun and knife crime to various police service areas throughout the country, together with a number of other programmes. The selected Police Borough Commanders throughout the country have been allocated funds together with a list of preferred providers of which we are one. No doubt I will be updating you in our next edition on the progress made. On the sporting front, our new citizenship programme aligned to non-contact Olympic-style boxing called The Contender Plus+ Coaches course is being rolled out and is in demand by many and various organisations and schools. This delivers fully insured instruction in all elements of the sport together with delivery of our citizenship programmes. All who wish to proceed to the delivery of this project must be registered with the Police Clubs,

As we go to press we are working to complete a number of innovative publications to aid sports clubs – more of this in the next edition. The latest club to join our number is the Torrington Police Amateur Boxing Club in north Devon, we wish them every success in the future. Fully endorsed by ourselves and by Devon and Cornwall Constabulary, I have no doubt that they will soon be seen out and about in the sporting arena. In closing, I would like to thank all of our sponsors, partners, clubs and volunteers for their hard work and continuing support.

Barry T Jones MBE Secretary and Founder The Police Community Clubs of Great Britain



NEWS POLICE QUINTET TAKE THE PLUNGE Five officers from Suffolk Police took the plunge when they took to the open water at Alton Water reservoir, taking part in the British Gas Great East Swim. The event, which took place on 16 June saw hundreds of people take to the water, swimming, half, one or two miles. The Suffolk officers completed the one mile swim. Those who took part were Detective Superintendent Alan Caton OBE, Detective Inspector Tonya Antonis, Detective Sergeant Mike Brown, Police Constable Stuart Ruegg and Police Sergeant Paul Cappleman. The group hoped to raise valuable money for the Missing People charity. The Missing People charity provides a valuable lifeline when someone disappears. The independent charity, funded by donations, has caring and highly trained staff and volunteers working in collaboration with partners around the UK, providing specialist support to families and friends to end the heartache and confusion and search for their missing loved one. The idea to support Missing People came after Det Supt Alan Caton and DI Tonya Antonis met with Nicki Durbin, the mother of Luke Durbin who went missing in May 2006, following a night out in Ipswich.

Det Supt Alan Caton OBE, who was attempting his first open water swim of this kind said: “We are delighted to be taking part as a team in the Great East Swim and to be able to use this as an opportunity to raise money for a charity that I know does incredible work and makes a real difference to people when they most need support.” Nicki Durbin commented: “I wish all

the team the very best in what I can only imagine is going to be an extremely demanding event. The money the team raises will go a long way in enabling Missing People to support families like mine.” For more information on the work carried out by the Missing People charity, visit

BRADFORD POLICE & COLLEGE BOXING ACADEMY WINS PRESTIGIOUS 999 VERSUS 911 AT WELLINGTON BARRACKS SHOW AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING SPORTING PROJECT The Female Boxing Programme was recognised for its success in inspiring greater female participation in the sport, enhancing sport within the college and the local community whilst challenging sexist attitudes and boosting medal hopes at London 2012. Established immediately after Beijing 2008, the scheme has seen the College working in partnership with the University of Bradford, the Police Community Clubs of Great Britain, Amateur Boxing Association of England and Bradford Council. Accepting the award were Paul Porter, Bradford Boxing Development Officer, and Saira Tabasum, British Universities and Colleges boxing champion. She said: "I think this award is great. We thought we were in with a good chance but it’s still amazing to be holding this award.” The College is confident that the programme will continue to grow using the example of London 2012 and the allure of Rio 2016 to demonstrate to female students that they can make their mark in any field, even if it does appear at first sight to be male-dominated.

The projects which took the silver awards were Inter College Festival of Sport by the Host Borough Colleges and Performance Sports Engineering Laboratory by University of Southampton. The Inter College Sports Festival is a sports participation and volunteering initiative where students from nine participating colleges located within the six Olympic host boroughs compete in a series of free sporting competitions. The University of Southampton’s Performance Sports Engineering Laboratory (PSEL) has more than five decades of expertise in the field of sports performance ranging from sailing, motorsport, cycling and swimming. The work of PSEL has been invaluable in the development of effective test methods for sports equipment and technology and in assisting elite athletes achieve sporting excellence. The award was presented by Karen Rothery, Chief Executive of British Universities and Colleges Sport, and former Olympian and current celebrity Sport Relief trainer, Professor Greg Whyte from Liverpool John Moores University.

In April, the Metropolitan Police Boxing Club presented a boxing show involving the clubs’ boxers against competitors from the Fire Department of New York and the New York Police Department. Held at Wellington Barracks, London, a terrific night of boxing was enjoyed by the large crowd that attended. As well as the boxing action, the night was organised in order to raise as much money as possible for the chosen charities – Family Activity Breaks (FAB), British Limbless ex-servicemen’s association (BLESMA) and Demelza (for Joshua appeal). Deputy Assistant Commissioner and Chairman of the Met Police ABC, Martin Hewitt said: “Coming from the two greatest world cities we share a great affinity and we have many personal and professional links. It shows fantastic commitment to travel across for the event and I have no doubt that the draw of our American opponents has had much to do with the rush for tickets that we experienced this year.”


NEWS OFFICER SADDLES UP AND HEADS TO EVERY POLICE HQ An officer who rode to every police HQ in Scotland, England and Wales for charity in just ten days, has raised almost £3,000. PC Mark Robinson (48) from Grampian Police even managed to complete the 3,300 mile feat ahead of schedule and arrived at Scotland Yard on April 24. He was presented with a force crest at each of the HQs before photos were taken and he continued on his way. PC Robinson was donated a Kawasaki motorbike as he visited the 51 police HQs which he did on behalf of the Commando999 charity in aid of the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund. He travelled across Scotland before making his way down into England and across to Wales. His final stop was made in London. The money raised included cheques from forces themselves including a £1,000 cheque from Avon and Somerset Constabulary. He was met the majority of the time at

HQs by chief officers. He said: “The worst journey was from Humberside to Liverpool – at that point I had left Humberside soaking wet and had three hours cross country to go. “The best and shortest one was getting to London from Reading because that was the finish line and I was absolutely knackered. “The last morning the pressure was completely off and there was no rain on that Tuesday.” PC Robinson said he had even been reported for “impersonating” a police officer during his ride by a motorist. He said: “Some would say I’ve been doing that for ages – not in uniform, ‘police’ covered up on the bike, no blue lights showing – Muppet.” He added of the motorbike: “That is the finest thing I have ever sat on. The police saddle is like an armchair.”


This police ‘offender diversionary project’ in Central London has been running with the Metropolitan Police and The Police Clubs of Great Britain. The lead officer has paid this resounding testimonial to the work carried out by the Police Clubs, and in particular the lead coach in the programme, Officer Cliff Perkins. “I am pleased to say that the H.A.S.C a non contact boxing club, established in May 2011 in Pimlico central London, is still very much up and running. With over 40 registered members, last week we had twenty-seven 7-12 year old boys and girls turn out to train. “What I did not expect when we started was the interest we have had from young adults who have become involved in assisting at the club. We currently have five males and one female aged 15 to 18 years who voluntarily give up their time to assist the project every Friday between 6pm and


7.30pm. In order for them to develop and maximise their potential as coaches, I arranged for five of them to attend the Police Clubs ‘Contender Plus course’ at Hendon in March. “Some of them had no boxing background so were complete novices and a little apprehensive. The course was excellent and pitched at just the right level. Cliff Perkins, the lead coach, quickly put them at their ease which meant they were able to really enjoy the day and get the maximum out of it with every one of them giving positive feedback about the day. “The most outstanding thing I have witnessed since they attended the course is the instant improvement in confidence levels. Prior to the course I was constantly having to direct them but now they are all far more self assured, enthusiastic and keen to use and develop the skills they were taught. “From my own perspective I now feel I can trust them in terms of the delivery and quality of the training we can provide, which has had a positive impact on the dynamic of our club. “Well done to the Police Clubs and Cliff on the delivery of an excellent programme which I know from personal experience is making a difference to the lives of so many young people.”


Savannah Marshall made history in May when she became Great Britain’s first ever female amateur boxing World Champion. On the day she turned 21, the middleweight (75kg) from Hartlepool secured gold with a tense 17-15 victory over Elena Vystropova of Azerbaijan on the final day of the Women’s World Amateur Boxing Championships in Quinhuangdao, China. Teammate Nicola Adams, from Leeds, had to settle for her third consecutive silver medal after narrowly losing her flyweight (51kg) final 14-10 to home favourite Ren Cancan of China. Savannah’s gold medal capped an historic week for Great Britain which saw the team qualify boxers in all three of the Olympic weight categories for London 2012 and secure four World Championship medals. Along with Marshall and Adams, Natasha Jonas from Liverpool won bronze and qualified for London in the lightweight (60kg) category. Lancashire’s Lisa Whiteside took bronze in the nonOlympic featherweight category (57kg). GB Boxing’s Performance Director, Rob McCracken commented: “This is a great end to a superb week for amateur boxing in Great Britain that has seen the whole team box extremely well. “Savannah has performed superbly throughout the competition and to come away as World Champion from such a tough draw in a high-class field is an indication of her immense talent. She is still very young yet this is her second appearance in a World Championship final and, as long as she continues to work hard, Savannah can achieve anything she wants in this sport. “Since we stared the women’s programme in 2010, all of the squad have worked incredibly hard to get to where they are today. Their achievements are a well deserved reward for their dedication and commitment and a fitting tribute to the superb efforts of the all the coaches and back-up team that have supported them every step of the way.” Savannah Marshall added: “It’s great to go one better than the last time (when I got silver in the 69kg final in 2010) and now I am just looking forward to the Olympics and making sure I am in the best possible shape to be successful in London.”




Bideford Ladies The Police Community Clubs took their first steps into women’s football this season through sponsoring Bideford Ladies Football Club. After a difficult season, Andrew Davies caught up with Chairman Dave Kearney to get his end of season report.


ollowing their relegation in 2011, this season has seen the club try and rebuild as they look towards trying to gain promotion back to the Devon Women’s Premier league. Reflecting on this campaign, Dave Kearney is keen to look ahead to next season after the squad had to endure a difficult few months back in the first division. “It’s not been a particularly good season with us finishing in the end third from bottom. We’ve got several new players who have joined with promises of staying with us next season along with a new coach,” said Dave who has now stepped away from the coaching side of the team to concentrate fully on his role as chairman. “We’ve had quite a short season really, with the fixtures being completed in February. We knew from the back end of last season (when we were relegated) that we would have to rebuild. We’ve had some great performances but unfortunately have not had great results. Hopefully we can keep hold of all our players ahead of next season,” said Dave who is optimistic ahead of next season so long as they can retain the current crop of players at the club. It can be difficult at any level of football in either the men’s or women’s game to adjust to a new league. Players come and go, a new coach needs time to get his message across to the players; that word ‘transition’ becomes a common term for clubs who are perhaps struggling to find the recipe for success. It’s a new venture for the Police Clubs through being involved with Bideford Ladies and shows our commitment to promoting positive citizenship in different sporting environments. Speaking to Dave about Bideford Ladies and his hopes for the future, I could have been speaking to a chairman at any professional football club across the country. Keeping hold of players, juggling


finances, backing a new coach; it’s what goes into making a football club a success. But perhaps the most crucial attribute is dedication and the female footballers for Bideford appear to have that in abundance. “We’ve had 25 players turn up for training sessions and used a squad of around 40 players during the season. We find with the girls that whereas the men like to have a break during the close season, the girls like to carry on playing and taking part in 6-a-side tournaments. “Like all teams during a season you have ups and downs but I think things can only get better from here. Our new coach Mark is experienced and was working with another local club before joining ourselves,” added Dave. It’s an eagerness to carry on playing despite the season being over which has also pleased Dave. Attendance figures are important in generating not just support for those on the pitch but for revenue to possibly cover the running costs of a football club. Although the club may not have been challenging for promotion, the chairman is pleased the team have maintained a group of ‘regulars’ who attend home games. “Our crowds have been mixed this year although for home games we always get a few regulars. We don’t get much of a following away from home though as boyfriends and husbands are usually having to stay at home with the children,” he told me.

It’s a squad game even at the lower levels of football these days and it bodes well for the future of the club that as well as having a large pool of players to choose from, there have been a number of younger players training with the team. Dave said: “We have had a few more youngsters coming through than previously and they are allowed to train with us under supervision from the age of 14. We’ve got some really good youngsters at the club and I love to see that. I think the age group seems to be coming down and they are a younger group this season but you do get a hardcore group of dedicated older players within the squad.” Summing up the season, Dave was honest about the performance of the players and praised their effort stating: “In terms of our performances this season there has perhaps, to be honest, been nothing outstanding but there have been some really gritty performances where the girls have been up against it and showed great spirit. I’d like to see a few more goals next season, we had one or two good strikers at the start of the season and you can only defend for so long.” So with Bideford Ladies looking to hit the back of the net more often next term, its hoped they can push on from a difficult first season in Division One. Dave is in no doubt that, if the players perform, they can be promotion chasers next year.

“You always look at a division (and the other teams) and I look at it and think there aren’t any teams who on our day when we apply ourselves we can’t beat,” Dave added. The help Bideford Ladies have received through sponsorship from the PCCGB has benefited the club and Dave was keen to praise the Police Clubs involvement in the club adding: “I’d like to extend my gratitude to the PCCGB for their help with sponsorship which has been fantastic and allowed the girls to travel this season.” With the men’s team having been crowned champions of the Evo-Stik South and West League Division One, there is a determination for the ladies team to follow in their footsteps next season and add another Division One title to the trophy cabinet. It is the unity within the ladies team that Dave feels will benefit the group next season. “It’s pleasing that the spirit within the squad is still strong and that means we have a good basis to build on for next year. If the number of players was dropping I’d be worried but they’re not,” Dave commented. And with the addition of one or two players who can provide that all important goal scoring touch to the team, there is no reason why our first ever footballing Police Club can’t push for a Premier League place in 2013.





“These students have taken part in a unique programme never seen before in the Criminal Justice System.”

Criminals Coaches who became

The Police Clubs are providing prisoners at HMP Doncaster an opportunity to take their first steps on a pathway to coaching boxing in clubs. Andrew Davies paid the ‘students’ a visit to see this unique course in action.


fter a week of training which included a Safeguarding and Protecting Children course, First Aid, work around citizenship and a full Level One coaches course, 20 prisoners at Doncaster prison are filing into a sports hall ready to be assessed as boxing coaches. Some walk straight to the pads and gloves and pair up, eager to start. Others talk to the coaches Mick Gannon, Ken Waddington and Alwyn Belcher. Myself and the Bradford Police and College advanced coach, Kevin Smith (the assessor and ex-Scotland national coach) are watching our Police Clubs CEO, Barry Jones walking around getting details from the prisoners to ensure that the one year mentoring process works efficiently after their release. I didn’t know what to expect from my first visit to a prison. I never expected to be greeted with handshakes and politeness as each inmate passed. It was to be the last time I saw the group as inmates, prisoners, criminals. Today, they’re students on the last day of this innovative course aiming to achieve their Level One ABA Coaching Certificate. “You now realise that our pledge on the first day was truthful, we are here to help you,” Barry tells them as they sit down and recap what they have learnt so far. It’s a clear message that breaks down the barrier between the people stood talking to those sat down silently on benches. After a short address from Barry explaining what today’s plan of action will be, he walks off to applause. That will be


ex-policeman Barry Jones receiving the applause (!). The group then divide into pairs and set about coaching each other through the various techniques they’ve learnt over the previous three days. The coaches are milling around offering advice and guidance. It’s not a case of a group of men punching leather pads as hard as possible. Every ‘coach’ within the pair is highlighting the importance of technique and every ‘learner’ is desperate to perfect it. Prison Officer, Brian Long, previously trained by the Police Clubs, has seen similar courses at the prison but even he is taken aback by the professionalism on show. This could be any gym in any boxing club across the UK. “I’m over the moon with it. I run the rugby academy too but this is phenomenal. It’s harder to deal with team sports, here the focus can be maintained. We chose the lads who have come on this course because we have to know we can trust them, jointly working with the Police Clubs to thoroughly vet all applicants to ensure there will be no barriers when the prisoners apply for CRB clearance,” Brian tells me. ‘Follow through’ is the ‘what happens next’ and the ability to continue learning and developing even after a course is finished and eventually taking those skills into society and in this case, hopefully a boxing club. Kevin starts his assessment of the students as the Prison Deputy Director Norman Abusin comes to take a look. In passing, head coach Mick Gannon tells us:

“If they can do this (coaching) with grown ups, what could they do with kids who will just absorb all the information they’re taught?” You can’t help but be impressed with not just the quality of the coaching, but of the behaviour. Norman said: “It’s fantastic. This is what it’s all about. We’ve worked with community organisations before and the big difference (here) is the quality and professionalism of the Police Clubs delivery, outcomes and helping to reduce offending. In the past it’s not always been tangible, it’s the follow through at the end of the day. It’s about the right message being sent out.” The group take a break before finding out if they have passed the course and one of the lads comes over to ask Norman if pads can be bought so he can continue coaching after the course is completed. Norman agrees to look into it and it’s quickly decided that the equipment stays in the sports hall. It’s an easy conversation and the clearest indication of the course’s popularity. “You can give prisoners equipment but it’s that link (to coaching) that’s the important thing. Lads have clearly grasped this chance and want to carry on with it and that is absolutely fantastic. I’ve seen courses before but what I’m looking forward to seeing in this is that follow through into the community and that’s a job for the Police Clubs and our Offender Management team. People have different talents and for many that talent is sport,” continued Norman. As Kevin delivers the good news that all

“You can give prisoners equipment but it’s that link (to coaching) that’s the important thing” the students have passed the course, there is more applause and smiles all round. Once Mick offers his congratulations, each student steps forward to shake hands and give thanks to the coaches for giving them a chance to learn. The afternoon will see visitors come into the prison. The students will be awarded their certificates in front of their girlfriends and wives and even in some cases, their children. Brian added: “I’m not massively surprised (by the success) because they are good lads but I’m really proud to be part of this. There are some who we’ve gambled on who have repaid our faith in them. It’s been a massive success and it’s great to break down a few barriers. If this wasn’t on, some of these lads could have just been sat in their cells. They are now more engaged and respectful and should be rewarded for the progress they have made.” One of the students set to be released soon after the course has already got a club he will go to in order to carry on his coaching development with the help of the Police Clubs. Others will be released to various cities throughout the United Kingdom. The Police Clubs will facilitate entry to the sport of boxing as coaches regardless of their eventual area of residence. Whatever intimidating atmosphere I might have expected has now evaporated as everyone waits for the presentation ceremony to start. Students are keen to get a picture with the coaches and a buffet is laid on for the students and other ‘guests’ at this unique presentation. “This, is a sports academy,” begins Norman. “What we try to do is make your lives more purposeful. Building a future through sport is what this course was about. This supports you through your release and you will not find that in any other prison in this country. We see the pure benefits of this. The professionalism (shown here) is not something you see on every course. I want you to continue with this, this can be just the start.” Every student steps up in turn to receive their coaching certificates, applause and congratulations as respectful for the last person to receive their award as it is for the first. There are two medals given out for Most Improved Student and Best Student, both of which are voted for by the other students. The camaraderie is clear to see, a togetherness that is often born out of achieving something as a group. In closing, Barry adds: “I’ve got to say that I and all the other coaches agree

“You now realise that our pledge on the first day was truthful, we are here to help you”

that this has been one of the best groups we have ever engaged with.” Addressing the families and visitors, he goes on to say: “These students have taken part in a unique programme never seen before in the Criminal Justice System. We haven’t compromised on the quality of coaching. The prisoner students have proved themselves as a group which has been a pleasure for us all to work with.” It’s been an incredible day and as myself and the coaches begin to leave we’re all stopped and again offered a handshake and a thank you. Through the coaching of boxing techniques, a Child Protection

course, First Aid and citizenship lessons; it is that discipline, awareness and respect which will stay with the students when they are re-integrated into the community. That is perhaps what sets the Police Clubs apart from others. Being able to look beyond the surroundings to deliver a substantial message. Having the quality of staff and coaches who can teach technique and command respect. Most crucially, and the biggest message I took from my first day inside a prison; was that where many would look into a sports hall and see offenders – the Police Clubs see the opportunities.




s u c o F In Hard and Fast Police Boys Club


red Gummerson formed the Grimethorpe Boxing Club in 1978. Both he and his wife, Barbara, ran the club as Grimethorpe Boxing Club until 1996 when they then changed the name to Grimethorpe and Cudworth Hard and Fast ABC. Since that time, the club has evolved even further and have become members of the PCCGB, offering coaching and guidance for young people both in and out of the gym. One of the coaches at the South Yorkshire club is Ken Waddington. “I boxed from 1976 till 1981 at the club. What happened was, I originally did boxing training in Barnsely and moved over to martial arts to help compliment it. That’s when I met Fred in 1975. He then set up Grimethorpe and I started going there because it was closer. I took a couple of years out in order to set up my business and in 1998 I went back to the club as a coach,” he tells me. It’s a club with a strong work ethic. ‘Hard and Fast’ could easily have been changed to ‘Rough and Ready’ to reflect the surroundings of the gym which is a renovated old church and has been the clubs home now for over 20 years. Another coach is Martin Utley who is currently a National Coach (North). He joined the Hard and Fast gym in 2000 and has put lots of hard work into the running of the gym from the time he first joined, up to when he left two years ago to start working as the ABAE National Coach (North). Ken comments: “It’s still very much a ‘spit and sawdust’ gym and is quite old fashioned but the equipment is in good ‘nick’. The way the gym is (set out), is part

of the attraction. You get that smell of old leather when you walk in and as soon as you open the door when you go down there it hits you.” Many youngsters could be put off by the atmosphere within the gym and look elsewhere for a more ‘corporate’ facility in order to get involved in boxing or simply to improve their fitness. Instead, it’s indicative of the clubs nature to offer an environment where hard work is promoted alongside positive citizenship. “We’ve lots (of boxers) who are becoming seniors and who have been boxing at the club for 10 years and at times it’s almost like we give them life coaching. Down that area it is still fairly rough and there are some lads who can’t even afford the subs sometimes. If they don’t come into sport, they can get led astray so what we try and do is take them away from gun and knife crime which is rife not just around here but everywhere,” explains Ken. It is a distinguishing facet of the club and of all our Police Clubs that a positive attitude is as important as a positive performance. There are instances when the intervention of the coaches can make a bigger difference to an individual’s life away from the club than actually inside it. Ken says: “One woman came down with her 15 year-old son and asked us if he could come join because she had tried everything with him and said ‘she can’t do a thing with him’. Fred said ‘sure’. The woman came in a couple of weeks later crying because of the way he had changed. He’d even started tidying his bedroom before he went out! We’d helped turn him around and we teach them all about respect.”

The influence of Fred can’t be overstated. “We call him ‘the rottweiler’,” adds Ken. For 40 years, Fred has been taking boxers all over Europe and even now at 80 years-old, he’s the first one there at the gym every night and he’s always the last one to leave and lock up. Fred has gained many achievements over his 20 years of training the England Schoolboys including training 17 National Champions. He has travelled to many countries through his involvement in coaching with “his boys” and has visited South Africa, Russia, Germany, France, Holland, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, to name a few. It’s a drive and commitment that inspires not just the boxers, but the coaches at the club as Hard and Fast look to the future of producing more champions in the ring and good citizens in the community. “On a quiet night we still get around 18 lads turning up in the gym. We’ve got 40 members and there’s never been any bother from the local community about the gym. I don’t know about expanding the gym at all, Fred has threatened a few times to retire but I doubt he ever will! Unfortunately I can’t commit to it full time because of my work with county boxing (as regional coach for Yorkshire) and my business. We’ve got four coaches down there at the moment and we’ve said we would try and run it between ourselves (if Fred did retire),” adds Ken. With no retirement date set, Fred will be opening the door to more boxers of all ages for a little while longer. Affectionately called ‘the rottwweiler’ the good news for the club and its boxers is that there is life in the old dog yet.



Sportsmanship versus Citizenship Finding a match for positive behaviour


lthough there are coaches and spectators including parents watching, in the midst of competition we can see the link between citizenship and sportsmanship. This summer will see commentators highlight the importance of that word ‘sportsmanship’. The old adage of behaving in the correct manner both on and off the pitch will be dragged out once more. It’s the most logical thing to believe that those who behave properly outside of sport should behave in the same manner when competing. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. In the same way coaches are not teachers, the gym/pitch is not the classroom and whatever positive values that have been instilled in children can often disappear once the prospect of winning becomes visible. Perhaps for too long we, as a community, have gone along with the notion that polite pupils make polite athletes and are then still surprised when a boxer/player/ athlete displays an act of unsportsmanship. Why are we so surprised that young people can often abandon morals for medals; values for victory? When coaches tell a group of children that ‘it’s the taking part that counts’, are they listening? I remember hearing Linford Christie say in a television interview that: “the person who said it’s not the winning it’s the taking part, was a loser”. Is it not inevitable that whilst children use sport as a time to escape the confines of the classroom or the streets, they will probably leave their positive behaviour there too? Teachers and parents will sincerely hope that is not the case but it is ‘hope’ rather than expectation. It is ‘the British way’ to pat ourselves on the back whenever we see an act of sportsmanship. For the many pictures taken from the epic Ashes series between English and Australian cricketers in 2005, the most poignant was the one which showed Andrew Flintoff offering his commiserations to Brett Lee seconds after England had scored a dramatic victory.

A fantastic sportsman who was able to put his own joy to one side for a moment. However, as a citizen away from the cricket pitch, ‘Freddie’ Flintoff was at the centre of controversy involving a pedalo and stripped of the England captaincy. Well behaved on the field, poorly behaved in the community. Sound familiar? The gallant loser is a label given to many a British sportsman or team in recent history. We should maybe be grateful that as a nation we hold the conduct of our athletes in such high regard. A couple of years ago, Roger Federer was heavily criticised the day after winning yet

A sporting environment can be the place where we see young people act ‘themselves’ the most. another Wimbledon crown cementing his reputation as a tennis legend. His crime? He hadn’t mentioned his opponent in his winners’ speech. The point here is that when it comes to being a good sport or a good citizen; there has to be a balance. Being a positive member of your community should mean that you behave well in every surrounding. Of course when there are rewards at stake it can be difficult to achieve this, but even after an event it is crucial to be gracious

and courteous in the same way you would do when leaving school. The Olympics and its roots in amateur sport will look to provide the positive example to follow not just in one stadium in London but at selected venues across the length and breadth of the country. It could prove to be a crucial time in ensuring citizenship in our communities transmits itself to sportsmanship within sport. A respect between athletes from all over the globe and a dignity in both victory and defeat should be the over-riding theme of London 2012. It should be a time when young people understand the importance of behaving properly no matter what the situation. When good citizenship and good sportsmanship are not separate entities. A chance to celebrate an athletes’ participation as equally as another’s achievement. I’m looking forward to seeing hugely competitive athletes behaving in a manner which the young people of Great Britain can admire. I also hope that the same athletes behave as well beyond the games themselves, showing our young Police Club members that you can have a winning attitude in all walks of life. In a summer which is set to be a spectacularly sporting one, wouldn’t it be fantastic to see boxers re-enter their club gyms after showing good citizenship in the wake of what they’d seen on television? It would be worth a gold medal in itself. Police Club News wants to hear your success stories where a member has not only performed well in a sporting context, but taken that positive behaviour into the wider community. To get in touch… Email: Tweet @PoliceClubNews Or write to Andrew Davies Police Club News, Murlain House, Union Street, Chester CH1 1QP




Svetlana Link recently spoke to Police Club News about her amateur boxing career so far, her hopes for the future and the benefits of being a female boxer in the police force.

“I have worked in the ‘Met’ (Metropolitan Police Force) and within the transport police. I have also worked as a ‘special’ and as a custody officer. I’m soon to be leaving to join the Met full-time where I’ll be based in Waltham Forest as a Police Constable,” Svetlana said. It will be a highly demanding job for the 27 year-old but Svetlana is used to a similarly demanding environment having been a Met Police boxer for over two years. In that time, the Estonia-born officer has competed in National Championships against the country’s elite female boxers and has an excellent amateur record having won 11 of her 14 fights. So, what first lured Svetlana to boxing back in 2010? “At the Police Academy I found out there was a club and I’d been doing martial arts before as a hobby. I had learned self defence in order to protect myself but not to a competitive level. When I joined the club, after only two months of training I got put through for the National Championships in 2010. I had to get through four fights in order to get through to the final,” she commented. An incredible achievement considering the short time she had been involved in boxing, most people would probably be content with having reached the final; however the one-point defeat still rankles with Svetlana who was awarded ‘best runner-up’ at the championships. The nature of her job means finding the time to train can be difficult, as Svetlana explained: “It’s quite hard to combine my work and boxing. People say I could have been involved at the Olympics but it’s so hard to train. For instance, I only had five days training before my last fight in April. I was fighting at a high level last year and I fought the number four in the world and it was a good fight.” Having served the police for three and a half years, Svetlana is still keen to carry on boxing. The thrill of victory clearly keeping her hooked on the sport. “I just want to do it (boxing). The feeling of competing and achieving something and also looking to improve every time is great.

I just love winning or even if I lose, losing to a very good opponent,” she said. Speaking on the support she has had from her colleagues, Svetlana commented: “Everybody has been really supportive and I’ve been given time to train and go to championships. My inspectors were all

very supportive. Through boxing, you feel more confident and also you have a higher level of fitness and that definitely benefits you in the job. People also do respect you more for being a female boxer. I get letters from Commanders in different areas which are always really nice.” If Svetlana shows as much drive and determination in her new role as a PC as she does in the ring; communities will be a lot safer in and around Waltham Forest in London. But the lightweight boxer is not alone in being an officer who also takes part in boxing. “In the Met Police Club we have had the strongest girls’ squad in the country for the last couple of years. Unfortunately some of them can’t box anymore. At 27, I’m now looking at the junior girls coming through and they are amazing and are younger and fitter,” she said. Looking ahead to when she takes up her new post and what she hopes to achieve in her job and in the ring, Svetlana said: “Once I get settled in Waltham Borough I will try and set up something (based on boxing) and try and go around schools and also help improve community engagement. “I definitely want to go one further at the National Championships. I won my last fight in April and was invited to take part in another competition but I couldn’t make it. Once I’m settled in my new job I will perhaps look to give my opponent from the NYPD in April a rematch and I’m training for the nationals. Some of the girls boxing at the competition this year will be from the Olympic GB squad.” The local community could gain further from Svetlana’s in-ring experience in the fight to stop anti-social behaviour too. She added: “One day I would love to run my own club because I would love to teach kids and also help get them off the streets.”




Olympic Hopefuls Ahead of a busy summer for amateur boxing, Police Club News editor Andrew Davies evaluates the current crop of hopefuls looking to strike gold over the coming months.

Anthony Joshua

Andrew Selby

Class: Super heavyweight Weight: 91kg+ Club: Finchley ABC Home Town: London Career Achievements: • 2012 Olympic Games qualification • Silver - 2011 World Boxing Championships • 2011 ABAE Elite National Champion • 2010 ABAE Elite National Champion • Gold - 2009 and 2010 Haringey Box Cup • 2009 ABAE Senior Novice Champion

Class: Flyweight Weight: 52kg Club: Splott ABC Home Town: Barry, Wales Career Achievements: • 2008 European Championship bronze medallist • 2010 European Championship bronze medallist • 2011 European Champion • 2011 World Championship silver medallist

Anthony Joshua, 22, grew-up in Watford and lives in London after moving to the capital aged 14. He started boxing when he was 18 after his cousin Gbenga Ileyemi (2011 ABA Champion at 91kg) took him to Finchley ABC. A naturally gifted sportsman, who played football to a high standard and regularly ran the 100m in less-than 11 seconds as a teenager, Anthony quickly rose through the ranks and in May 2010 he became Senior ABAE Champion at 91kg+. International recognition followed and in the summer of 2010 he was added to GB Boxing’s Development Squad. In November 2010 he became Champion of Great Britain when he defeated Amin Isa at the GB Championships and in May 2011 he retained his ABAE title.  A creditable performance for GB Boxing at the 2011 European Championships, which ended at the quarter finals, saw Anthony gain promotion to the GB Boxing Podium Squad. In October 2011, he spectacularly announced himself on the world stage when he defeated the Olympic and two-time World Champion, Roberto Cammarelle in the quarter finals of the World Championships in Baku to secure qualification for the London 2012 Olympics. He then went on to win a silver medal, narrowly losing a gripping final 13-12 to Azerbaijan’s Magomedrasul Majidov. In October 2011, he was named Amateur Boxer of the Year by the Boxing Writers Club of Great Britain.


Born in Barry, South Wales, Andrew is a gifted and stylish boxer with one of the most impressive medal collections in the GB Boxing squad. He won a bronze medal at the European Championships in Liverpool in 2008 and again in Moscow in 2010, boxing as a 54kg Bantamweight.   Following changes to the Olympic weight categories he dropped down to Flyweight (52kg) in the latter part of 2010 and in 2011 he overcame initial problems with the lower weight with a spectacular run of results that saw him make the finals of both the European and the World Championships. In June 2011, Andrew (and fellow countryman, Fred Evans) made history by becoming the first Welshman for 86 years to win gold at the European Championship when he defeated Russia’s Georgy Balakshin, 13-10 in the final in Ankara. He followed this in October 2011 with a series of stunning performances to reach the World Championship final in Baku, Azerbaijan, where he was narrowly defeated, 13-12, by Misha Aloyan of Russia in a closely fought contest that many observers felt Andrew had edged. Although Andrew had met the qualification standard for the 2012 Olympics, his teammate from England, Khalid Yafai, had done the same by reaching the quarter finals at the World Championships so, under the terms of the qualification policy, the pair faced each other in a best-of-three ‘Box-off’ for the Olympic place. A convincing 26-12 victory in the first bout at York Hall on 11 November 2011 gave Andrew a 1-0 lead which turned into a 2-0 victory when his opponent was unable to make the weight for the second contest which was scheduled to take place the next day. The win meant that Andrew became the fifth member of the GB Boxing squad to qualify for London 2012.

The Ones To Watch Natasha Jonas

Savannah Marshall

Class: Lightweight Weight: 60kg Club: Rotunda ABC Home Town: Liverpool Career Achievements: • 4 x ABAE National Champion • 2 x EU Championship Gold Medallist • European Championship Silver Medallist • World Amateur Boxing Championships 2012, China, Bronze Medallist

Class: Middleweight Weight: 75kg Home Town: Hartlepool Career Achievements: • Silver, AIBA Women’s World Championships 2010, Barbados • Gold, World Amateur Boxing Championships 2012, China

Having started boxing in 2005 in order to lose weight, it soon became apparent to Natasha’s coaches at the Rotunda Amateur Boxing Club in Liverpool that she had talent. So how did Natasha become involved in boxing? “Initially I played football in America when I was 18 and when I came back I just fell out of love with all sport and just found that I needed something new. One of the female coaches at the Rotunda had opened a female only class and I went along to that and haven’t looked back,” she told Police Club News. Having won four national ABAE titles, Natasha went on to be selected for the GB Boxing women’s squad. She said: “There's no greater feeling than standing on top of the podium listening to your national anthem playing. Receiving the letter to say I'd made the GB squad; it made the blood sweat and tears through the years all seem worthwhile.” Natasha was selected to represent GB Boxing at 60kg in the women’s Olympic qualifying tournament in China in May, where she boxed for a chance to be one of the first ever women to box in an Olympic Games. Despite missing out on a gold medal, Natasha did enough to make history and become the first British female boxer to qualify for the Olympics. The top three Europeans in each weight division in Qinhuangdao qualify for the Games, and Natasha was the first Briton to secure her place - as well as assure herself of at least a world bronze medal. Her ability and past achievements have brought her to the attention of many, locally and nationally. She is a great ambassador to her sport and a role model to young children in her local community.

At the age of 12 she turned up to Hartlepool’s Headland gym on her own, taking owner and trainer Tim Coulter by surprise as he was not used to girls turning up, especially at her age. Savannah reached the World Championship final as a teenager in 2010, narrowly missing out on a gold medal at her first attempt when she lost an extremely tight contest against America’s Andrecia Wasson. She then won a bronze medal at the European Championships in 2011. She won 30 of her 33 bouts as a welterweight before moving up to the middleweight division in 2011. Savannah suffered a setback in her Olympic preparations when defeated in her first bout at the European Union Championships albeit to two-time World Champion Maria Kovacs. But she enjoyed a good start to 2012 beating two-time 75kg world champ Anna Laurell in her own backyard in a Sweden v GB international at Uppsala in January. In quick succession she then managed to beat current world U81 title winner Roseli Feitosa in her home country of Brazil. Savannah joined Natasha Jonas and Nicola Adams in qualifying for the Olympics through performing exceptionally at the World Championships held in China. History was made by Savannah in May when she became Great Britain’s first ever female amateur boxing world champion. On the day she turned 21, the middleweight (75kg) from Hartlepool secured gold with a tense 17-15 victory over Elena Vystropova of Azerbaijan on the final day of the Women’s World Amateur Boxing Championships in Quinhuangdao, China. Commenting on her victory in China, Savannah said: “It’s been an amazing week and to come away as World Champion and with a place at the Olympics is pretty incredible. It’s great to go one better than the last time (when I got silver in the 69kg final in 2010)”







Sparky's Big Idea poster set











The Police Community Clubs of Great Britain in partnership with Community Initiatives Associates helps to educate children on environmental issues by delivering the Barney & Echo Citizenship Project to schools.

Sparky’s Big Idea: Barney Says Let’s Talk about The Environment is the latest title in the range of Barney and Echo educational resources for schools. The book was developed to help teachers and parents introduce primary school children to the topic of the environment in an age-appropriate manner, enabling pupils to understand both the nature of the problems the environment faces and also the importance of sustainability. With the environment under threat, it is incumbent of schools to encourage children to make responsible choices and develop a sustainable lifestyle. Aimed at pupils in key stage 1-2, Sparky’s Big Idea aims to educate children on the importance of protecting the environment and using sustainable energy. Sparky’s Big Idea is the sixth book in the series. Living in a forest, there appears to be an endless supply of wood but as the animals use it up without planting new trees the forest starts to die. Sparky Fox tries to tell everyone to recycle and save energy but nobody will listen until the Treetop Forest

Council announce that they will need to cut down an area of forest to supply wood for the winter. This includes cutting down Echo Squirrel’s home. It’s time for change and with Sparky’s help, Echo starts an Eco Club. The mixture of puzzles and activities that punctuate the narrative then offer them the chance to consider their own thoughts on the issues raised which they can then discuss with others in the group. In addition to the resource itself, all schools will benefit from the Sparky’s Big Idea schools programme pack including colourful and informative posters, a dramatisation of the book and extra lesson plans to be found online on our dedicated website There are also five other books in the series. The Magic Mirror addresses the dangers of drugs, tobacco and alcohol in a fun but informative way by looking at how a group of friends cope with harmful substances. A Friendship Made tackles issues relating to bullying and vandalism, and examines what life would be like in

a society where people have no respect for each other or the environment. Echo’s New Watch approaches the dangers of knife crime within the social environment of children. Caught in the Web tackles internet safety and The Bad Apples looks at anti-social behaviour. These stories are intended to not only warn children about the dangers that they might be confronted with in everyday life, but also to educate children and their carers on numerous subjects relating to the promotion of life skills. Included with each title is a play based upon the narrative of the book which pupils can use as part of their lesson plan, and posters which convey the message of each resource booklet. As part of promoting the citizenship programme, The Police Community Clubs of Great Britain and Community Initiatives Associates hold instructive conferences at which schools and organisations involved in sponsorship and support of the programme can come together and share ideas.

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The History of The Police and Community Boxing Association (Formerly The British Police Boxing Association) Although specific Police Amateur Boxing Clubs including the Metropolitan Police Boxing Club have been in existence and active since 1928, prior to 1986, nationally, police boxing had been fragmented. Although greatly encouraged by some Chief Officers throughout the United Kingdom, the undoubted talents within individual police boxing clubs remained untapped from a national standpoint.

In 1986, Barry Jones, a member of the Metropolitan Police organised an annual charity-boxing event, the sole purpose of which was to raise much needed funds for police charities and in particular for the widows of officers of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (now The Police Service of Northern Ireland). This was achieved by contacting every police force within the United Kingdom and in doing so, making that vital initial contact with ‘all’ police force boxing clubs. Also identified were individual police officers that participated in the sport not only through their respective force clubs but those who boxed with non-police boxing clubs.   Having successfully staged a number of these events, all interested active police boxing sections were invited to a meeting held at the then terrorist holding station, Paddington Green Police Station in London on October 21, 1988.   From this meeting was born the Police Amateur Boxing Association. A pilot committee was subsequently formed which included Chief Officers from the Metropolitan Police, Merseyside Police, Staffordshire Police, West Midlands Police and The Royal Ulster Constabulary.   The first President of the Association was Sir James Anderton of Greater

Manchester Police. The first Chairman was Bob Lawrence who became the Chief Constable of South Wales Police, who incidentally held the post until his untimely death in 1996. On May 3, 1989 at a meeting held in Belfast, the Committee of the Police ABA was officially adopted by the Police Athletic Association (now known as Police Sport UK) as the Boxing Section of that national governing body of police sport. From that date the title of the Section was ‘The British Police Amateur Boxing Association’ and teams formed from that date were to be called ‘British Police Teams’.   On February 10, 1990 the national governing body (civil) of amateur boxing the ABA of England, sanctioned and adopted the British Police National Novice Boxing Championships.   The first British Police ABA National Novice Championships were held on March 23, 1990 in Walsall Town Hall, Walsall, West Midlands.   The first ‘official’ British Police ABA team was formed to participate in a match against the Royal Navy on the April 20, 1990 at the South Parade Pier, Southsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire.   Although this championship had taken place for many years, on February 16, 1991 the British Police International Open Championship was adopted by the ABA of England. The first ‘official’ event being staged at the Elephant and Castle Leisure Centre, London in May 1993.   Because of the reforming of a new National Governing Body (NGB), on November 18, 1992 the British Police ABA joined the newly formed limited company ‘The Amateur Boxing Association of

England Limited’. In 1994 the British Police Amateur Boxing Association appointed its first National Coach in the person of Mike Gannon BEM. Then a member of Hampshire Constabulary, Mike had just completed a full term in the British Army Physical Training Corps, the last 12 of


FEATURE OUR JOURNEY which had been as the Warrant Officer Chief Coach of the British Army Boxing Team. At the request of the ABAE Limited, the British Police Amateur Boxing Association formulated the rules of the ABAE National Novice Championships within which, for the first time, the national governing body incorporated the ‘graded ability by bouts’ rules, which had previously, only featured in police and Combined Services boxing rules.   At the request of the ABAE the first ABAE National Novice Championships were staged in 1996 by the British Police ABA at Brent Town Hall, Wembley, London.   At a meeting of the British Police Amateur Boxing Association Committee on February 28, 1997, held at Durham Police Headquarters, it was agreed that the committee would withdraw from membership of the Police Athletic Association and thereby cease to receive their central funding.   This was purely on the grounds that ‘within the PAA’, the Police Boxing Association could not continue receiving central funding if it pursued its intended course of affiliating civilian clubs and boxers.   Having taken this step, the Boxing Association reverted to the status held prior to the May 3, 1989 and again became the Police Boxing Association, and not The British Police ABA.   On May 22, 1997 the National Governing Body ‘The ABA of England Limited’ were informed of the ‘deformation’ from PAA status i.e.: British Police to Police Boxing Association, and on July 19, 1997 at its Executive Meeting the new status was adopted by them.   On Saturday, July 12, 1997 a meeting of representatives from all Police Community Clubs took place at the West Midlands Training Establishment, Tally-Ho, Birmingham. It is correct to say that there was overwhelming support for the concept of an ‘alliance’ of police community boxing clubs with the emphasis being put on service to the community by volunteer police officers and civil staff through community boxing clubs.   At this formative meeting 12 clubs joined, all were from inner city areas throughout England including Newcastle, London, Bradford, Devonport and Birmingham,   The ‘Police Clubs’ committee was formed and the Chairman appointed was Commander Malcolm Campbell, QPM of the Metropolitan Police, the Vice Chairman was Assistant Chief Constable David Baker, QPM of West Midlands Police and the Patron was subsequently appointed when Sir James Anderton the retired Chief Officer from Greater Manchester Police kindly accepted the post offered on August 27, 1997, thereby


returning to the original committee he assisted in forming in 1988. The first season 1997/1998 of the ‘Clubs’ proved to be an unqualified success, collectively the clubs had in excess of 300 boxers some holding titles including ‘Olympic silver medallist, European Bronze medallists (two), National Senior ABA champions (two) and at least ten International representatives in the first year.   Some clubs have formed partnerships with their respective local authorities and the benefit that the actions of the member clubs have given both to the local communities and police community relations is immeasurable. Literally hundreds of children and young people now find themselves in a disciplined and friendly environment as apposed to wandering the inner city streets or participating in anti-social activities and crime.   It is no understatement to say that many of our members have been guided from a path of crime into the competitive and disciplined confines of our clubs.   The ‘Clubs’ are committed to enhancing police community relations whilst at the same time promoting healthy sporting activities. We seek to exploit every opportunity to promote our organisation and aims. On November 28, 1997, the Chairman of The Clubs, in liaison with the Secretary of the Police Athletic Association Chief Constable Sir John Evans, agreed that the Association should be renamed in order to correctly reflect the activities of the newly constituted Association outside the PAA structure. It was agreed that henceforth the Association would be called The Police and Community Boxing Association.   On January 17, 1998 at a meeting of the Amateur Boxing Association of England Limited Executive Council, the Home Office and Civil Service were included within the Police Association. This instruction incorporates such organisations as the prison service, some fire service athletes and other Home Office and civil service employees.   At this same meeting, the National Governing Body adopted the new title for the organisation, The Police and Community Boxing Association.   In 2001 the ‘Alliance’ was integrated into the Police Community Clubs of Great Britain (PCCGB), a collective of police community clubs with links and activities with many sporting and community-based activities.   With regard to its boxing activities, the clubs are administered in England as before, under The Police and Community Boxing Association.   As a member of the PCCGB, all member clubs, including those participating in amateur boxing, are encouraged and expected to include ‘other’ community based activities into their structure.

In 2004 the Police Association was asked by the ABAE to formulate rules for Female Boxing, based on the police ‘Graded’ boxing rules they were adopted by the NGB and the Police Association staged the first Female Championships at the Hendon Police College in north London in that same year.   In June 2006, both the Metropolitan Police Boxing Club and the Police Community Clubs of Great Britain became Limited Companies.   In 2007 membership of the PCCGB Boxing Clubs totalled 77 with a waiting list of over 150 clubs. Many of the PCCGB clubs had by then formed partnerships with numerous Youth Offending Teams, many of which also worked closely with local Magistrates Courts from which clubs were provided with referred youngsters as they were seen as a major tool in a magistrate’s armoury of rehabilitation options.   Also in 2007 we reluctantly lost our National Coach Mick Gannon BEM who after 13 years (one year longer than his duties with the British Army team), took up post as the National ABAE Coach leading England’s bid for medals at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. He remains as our ‘Coaching Consultant’.   September 2008 witnessed the scaling down of our Boxing Clubs in favour of ensuring we retained clubs which go ‘that extra mile’ to provide a comprehensive service to their local communities. The process saw the retention of 37 fully affiliated clubs and 13 Associate Level clubs.   This time also saw the affiliation of the first ‘Police Clubs’ from the Principality of Wales. A total of nine from throughout that country formed our first group under the title of ‘The Police Community Clubs of Wales’.   September 2008 saw our move into Boxing Academies when we formed a partnership with the Bradford College of Further Education, the Bradford City Council and the Bradford Police Boys Boxing Club. From this partnership emerged the Bradford Police and College Boxing Academy.   To coincide with the opening of the Bradford Academy, we appointed the first Police Club’s Development Officer, Paul Porter, who now works jointly with ourselves, the Academy and the local authority. We anticipate that the Bradford Academy will become a centre of excellence initially for all National ABAE Squads who will utilise the first class facilities and accommodation for regular squad training programmes.   Given the unquestioned success of the Amateur Boxing Section, we can feel confident police community relations can only thrive on our efforts and that amateur boxing remains one of our major vehicles to enable us to achieve our aims.

Good luck and best wishes from an anonymous supporter

BRIDGEFOOT POLICE AMATEUR BOXING CLUB SECRETARY: Paul Groake 24 Amelia Street, Warrington, Cheshire WA2 7QA Telephone: 07770676049 COMPETITION SECRETARY: Derek Groarke 278 Poplars Avenue, Orford, Warrington, Cheshire WA2 9TY Telephone: 07753 285795 CAMBRIDGE POLICE AMATEUR BOXING CLUB COMPETITION SECRETARY: Michael Taylor ‘Penrose’, The Green, Woodwalton, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE17 5YN Telephone: 01487773520 SECRETARY: Christopher Baker Telephone: 01733 757444 CASTLE HILL POLICE BOXING CLUB SECRETARY & COMPETITION SECRETARY: John Hart 82 Lightbounds Road, Bolton, Lancashire BL1 5UP Telephone: 01204 845 701 MOB: 07889 255371 CHESTER POLICE AMATEUR BOXING CLUB COMPETITION SECRETARY: Mike Melia 2 St. Andrew’s Drive, Southdown Park, Buckley, Flintshire CH7 2NF Telephone: 01244 546431 THE CITY OF LONDON POLICE BOXING CLUB COMPETITION SECRETARY: Tom Fisher Wood Street Police Station, 37 Wood Street, London EC2P 2NQ Telephone: 07921095338 CLUB SECRETARY: Daniel Medlycott Telephone: 07787244437 CLUB WELFARE OFFICER: John Ryland Telephone: 07799567411 CWMBRAN BOYS CLUB (ABC) POLICE COMMUNITY CLUB (WALES) SECRETARY: Mrs Maureen Jefferies 105 North Road, Croesyceiliog, Cwmbran, Gwent NP44 2LJ Telephone: 01633 868534 Mobile: 07723 348447 COMPETITION SECRETARY: Keith Jefferies 105 North Road, Croesyceiliog, Cwmbran, Gwent NP44 2LJ Telephone: 01633 868534 CWMGORS POLICE COMMUNITY BOXING CLUB (WALES) SECRETARY: Ronnie Morris 9 Oakfield Rd, Twyn, Garnant, Ammanford, Carmarthenshire SA18 1JH Telephone: 01269 825655 Mobile: 07883029577 DAGENHAM POLICE BOYS AMATEUR BOXING CLUB SECRETARY: Dan O’Sullivan c/o 29 Lindisfarne Rd, Dagenham, Essex RM8 2QX Telephone: 07973 656238

DOWNEND POLICE AMATEUR BOXING CLUB SECRETARY: Joanne Turner 16E Derrick Road, Kingswood, Bristol BS15 8DS Telephone: 0117.3771860 Mobile: 07803199919 COMPETITION SECRETARY: Ed Baker 38 Mendip Crescent, Downend, Bristol Telephone: 01179 563875



SKELMERSDALE POLICE AMATEUR BOXING CLUB SECRETARY: John Hallam 85 Eskbank, Tanhouse, Skelmersdale, Lancashire WN8 6EG Telephone: 01695 733102 Mobile: 07809 629083 TOTTENHAM & ENFIELD POLICE AMATEUR BOXING CLUB SECRETARY: Stuart Clench 128 Cromwell Avenue, Cheshunt, Hertfordshire EN7 5DW Telephone: 07795 223349

GEMINI POLICE AMATEUR BOXING CLUB SECRETARY: Mark O’Brien 18 High Street, Hale, Merseyside L24 4AF Telephone: 0151 425 3809 Mobile: 07971 152151 COMPETITION SECRETARY: Gary White Telephone: 0151 288 9231

WIRRAL POLICE BOXING CLUB SECRETARY: John Smurthwaite 9 Withburn Close, Upton, Chester CH49 6QH Telephone: 0151 678 9984 COMPETITION SECRETARY: Paul Butler 11 Shaw Close, Great Sutton, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire CH66 2QE Telephone: 0151 20 2710 MOB: 07934 562 132

HARD & FAST POLICE BOYS CLUB SECRETARY: Fred Gummerson 166 Brierley Road, Grimethorpe, Barnsley, South Yorkshire S72 7AW Telephone: 01226 711909 Fax: 01226 780075

WOKING POLICE AMATEUR BOXING CLUB COMPETITION SECRETARY: David Oliver 85 Sandy Lane, Maybury, Woking GU22 8BG Telephone: 01483 762279 SECRETARY: Eddie Lawther 54 Thorneycroft Close, Walton on Thames, Surrey

HOYLE MILL POLICE BOYS AMATEUR BOXING CLUB SECRETARY: Frank Lindley 154 Pontefract Road, Hoyle Mill, Barnsley, South Yorkshire S71 1HU Telephone: 01226 249182 Mobile: 07796 074954 HUNSLET POLICE BOYS AMATEUR BOXING CLUB SECRETARY: Dennis Robbins 1A Main Street, Carlton, West Yorkshire WF3 3RW Telephone: 01132 821337 Mobile: 07960 500609 Telephone Club: 01132 716489 QUEENSBERRY POLICE AMATEUR BOXING CLUB SECRETARY: John Donnelly 30 Tame Walk, Weston Coyney, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire ST3 5QT Telephone/Fax: 01782 318132 Mobile: 07768 044563 RUGELEY POLICE COMMUNITY AMATEUR BOXING CLUB SECRETARY: Ian Lear 5 Armitage Gardens, Brerton Rugeley, Staffordshire WS15 1PF Telephone: 01889 582187 Mobile: 07870 122870


SANDS END POLICE BOXING CLUB SECRETARY: Richard Powers 31 Newton Road, Isleworth, Middlesex TW7 6QD Telephone: 07897 369897 COMPETITION SECRETARY: George Burton Gelmway, Worcester Park, Sutton, Surrey K14 8LT Telephone: 0793 158 2354

FELTHAM POLICE BOXING CLUB SECRETARY & COMPETITION SECRETARY: Mike Hunter Metropolitan Police, Feltham Police Station 34 Hanworth Road, Feltham TW13 5BD Telephone: 07815 762 680

HARINGEY POLICE AND COMMUNITY AMATEUR BOXING CLUB SECRETARY: Gerry Willmott 57 School Green Lane, North Weald, Essex CM16 6EH Telephone: 01992 523698 Mobile: 07764 583291 COMPETITION SECRETARY: Terrie Kelly Mobile: 07966 101585




BRADFORD POLICE AMATEUR BOXING CLUB SECRETARY & COMPETITION SECRETARY & HEAD COACH: Julian Cyprien 70 Wattyhall Road, Wibsey, Bradford, West Yorkshire BD6 3AH Telephone: 01274 201636 Mobile: 07977 914652 or 07828 056614

DEVA POLICE AMATEUR BOXING CLUB (WALES) SECRETARY: Dave Evans 23 Sandy Lane, Saltney, Flintshire CH4 8UB Telephone: 01244 683 921 Mobile: 07731 073 952 COMPETITION SECRETARY: Mark Shepherd 2 Pennant street, Connahs Quay, Flintshire CH5 4NP Telephone: 07809 540 869

RUNNYMEDE POLICE BOXING CLUB SECRETARY: Colin Martin 65 Cole Ave, Aldershot, Hants GU11 1AW Telephone: 07867808180 COMPETITION SECRETARY: Tony Davis 39 Cole Ave, Aldershot, Hants GU11 1AN Telephone: 07771656690



COMPETITION SECRETARY: Jimmy Bush 69 Amersham Road, Harold Hill, Romford RM3 9HX Telephone: 07976 918442


DEVELOPMENT OFFICER: Paul Porter PCCGB & Bradford College Boxing Boxing Development Office (G8), McMillan Building, Bradford College, Trinity Road, Bradford BD5 0JE Telephone: 07841 647 866 HEAD BOXING COACH: Mally MacIver Boxing Development Office (G8), McMillan Building, Bradford College, Trinity Road, Bradford BD5 0JE Telephone: 07792 304 931 ADVANCED APPRENTICESHIPS BOXING (AASE) COACH: Kevin Smith Boxing Development Office (G8), McMillan Building, Bradford College, Trinity Road, Bradford BD5 0JE Telephone: 07590 050 810






ASSOCIATE LEVEL CLUBS BROADPLAIN BOYS AMATEUR BOXING CLUB (A Police Community Club) SECRETARY: Dennis Stinchcombe MBE Riverside Youth Project, Clement Street, Easton, Bristol BS2 9ES Telephone: 01179 616352 Fax: 01179 412266 Mobile: 07973 574091 Club Telephone: 01179 9552866 CITY OF LIVERPOOL ROTUNDA BOXING CLUB (A Police Community Club) SECRETARY: Mike Mcallister Lambeth Road, Liverpool, L4 1SH Telephone: 0151 355 8727 Mobile: 07810 046 620 COMPETITION SECRETARY: Steve Spencer Telephone: 07742 028427 SALISBURY AMATEUR BOXING CLUB (A Police Community Club) SECRETARY: Tony Lawler 33 Claremont Road, Seaforth, LiverpoolL21 1HT Telephone: 0151.928.9960 Mobile: 07732 949209 COMPETITION SECRETARY: Alan Lynch 21 Drakefield Road, Liverpool L11 7AT Telephone/Fax: 0151 474 5498 Mobile: 07799 611865 TAMWORTH AMATEUR BOXING CLUB (A Police Community Club) SECRETARY: Nigel Keast 15 Caledonian Glascote Heath, Tamworth, Staffordshire B77 2EB Telephone: 01827 289334 Mobile: 078166 85 985 or 07717 433 157 COMPETITION SECRETARY: Alan Keast 29 Elizabeth Drive, Leyfields, Tamworth, Staffordshire B79 8ED Mobile: 07973 766 467

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