New boxing club for Blackburn youths

A NEW boxing fitness club is being launched in Blackburn to try and combat the growing issue of anti-social behaviour.

Neighbourhood policing officers in the Mill Hill area are launching the club on Friday (next week) and hope it acts as a diversionary activity for young people from the Mill Hill, Infirmary, Griffin and Galligreaves areas.

PC Leo Noctor, who came up with the idea, said: “Anti-social behaviour is an issue in Mill Hill like it is in many other areas.

“When I have been out on patrol I have been talking to the young people and it was them who suggested setting up a boxing club.

“The focus of the classes will be on fitness rather than fighting.

“I train myself and I know that a big part at being good at boxing is being able to master the discipline.”

The group will be run by semi-professional heavy weight boxer Adam Machaj from Accrington.

Initially members will learn the basic skills of boxing before progressing on to improving their fitness.

Anyone who then wants to progress their skills further will be invited to join more advanced boxing training classes at Fit to XL gym in Darwen.

PC Noctor said: “The aim of this group is really to channel the energy of local youths into something productive.

“I hope the classes will keep them busy and prevent anti-social behaviour which can be upsetting for residents.”

Funding for the club has been secured through Blackburn with Darwen Council’s Community Safety Partnership.

Mill Hill ward councillor Carol Walsh, said: “This club is a really great idea that can only have a positive effect on the local community.

“Local children have asked for this facility so they will hopefully use it.

“Residents should also see the club as positive as it will help curb the number of incidents of anti-social behaviour.”

The first sessions are being held on Friday from 7pm at Ivy Street Community Centre followed by a separate session at Mill Hill Community Centre from 2pm on Saturday.

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3:19pm Sun 10 Feb 13

Carl_24 says...

So to stop anti-social behaviour their gonna open a club that trains folk to be violent!!!
Obviously this PC Leo Noctor didn't think this thru properly I bet it'll cause yobs to fight even more.
Why come up with such a dumb a** idea, the police should to their job and arrest anyone who is causing anti-social behaviour and give them a ASBO.
So to stop anti-social behaviour their gonna open a club that trains folk to be violent!!! Obviously this PC Leo Noctor didn't think this thru properly I bet it'll cause yobs to fight even more. Why come up with such a dumb a** idea, the police should to their job and arrest anyone who is causing anti-social behaviour and give them a ASBO. Carl_24

3:46pm Sun 10 Feb 13

Is Eckersley playing? says...

Carl_24 wrote:
So to stop anti-social behaviour their gonna open a club that trains folk to be violent!!!
Obviously this PC Leo Noctor didn't think this thru properly I bet it'll cause yobs to fight even more.
Why come up with such a dumb a** idea, the police should to their job and arrest anyone who is causing anti-social behaviour and give them a ASBO.
I think it is you that hasn't thought this through. Boxing requires discipline - and hopefully their training will induce it. A little discipline never hurt any-one but your negative ill-thought out rant is not very helpful. Why don't you get off your chair and help out if you are so interested in the subject, and perhaps you could put some suggestions forward yourself.
[quote][p][bold]Carl_24[/bold] wrote: So to stop anti-social behaviour their gonna open a club that trains folk to be violent!!! Obviously this PC Leo Noctor didn't think this thru properly I bet it'll cause yobs to fight even more. Why come up with such a dumb a** idea, the police should to their job and arrest anyone who is causing anti-social behaviour and give them a ASBO.[/p][/quote]I think it is you that hasn't thought this through. Boxing requires discipline - and hopefully their training will induce it. A little discipline never hurt any-one but your negative ill-thought out rant is not very helpful. Why don't you get off your chair and help out if you are so interested in the subject, and perhaps you could put some suggestions forward yourself. Is Eckersley playing?

4:01pm Sun 10 Feb 13

grumpyoldlady says...

Carl 24 just needs to look at some biographies of boxing legends and see how many say that they were heading down the wrong road and boxing gave them discipline, a sport and a future. The people who contribute their time and energy to this project should be commended and I am sure it will save at least some of the young people who would otherwise end up in prison.
Carl 24 just needs to look at some biographies of boxing legends and see how many say that they were heading down the wrong road and boxing gave them discipline, a sport and a future. The people who contribute their time and energy to this project should be commended and I am sure it will save at least some of the young people who would otherwise end up in prison. grumpyoldlady

4:49pm Sun 10 Feb 13

sen c b l says...

Is Eckersley playing? wrote:
Carl_24 wrote:
So to stop anti-social behaviour their gonna open a club that trains folk to be violent!!!
Obviously this PC Leo Noctor didn't think this thru properly I bet it'll cause yobs to fight even more.
Why come up with such a dumb a** idea, the police should to their job and arrest anyone who is causing anti-social behaviour and give them a ASBO.
I think it is you that hasn't thought this through. Boxing requires discipline - and hopefully their training will induce it. A little discipline never hurt any-one but your negative ill-thought out rant is not very helpful. Why don't you get off your chair and help out if you are so interested in the subject, and perhaps you could put some suggestions forward yourself.
The basic principle of discipline encourages code of behaviour and self defence through the mental aspects of attentiveness and technique that prevents a street fight and to avoid fighting entirely. Boxing does not require special techniques. It's merely throwing punches aimed at the head and body, and most would prefer to hit hard and target the chin for a fast knockout. Rule out any fancy footwork or head movement, and most trained will be ranked 'low' level competing boxer.
Kung Fu is an art f martial arts. The art of self defence. To master the ability to control one's emotions and to resist the desire for instant gratification and maintain a higher tolerance to frustration.
Many communities have failed in thier goal by promoting boxing to curb anti-social behaviour and youngsters not mentally committed to the principles, will result in quick drop-outs as soon as it has begun.
[quote][p][bold]Is Eckersley playing?[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Carl_24[/bold] wrote: So to stop anti-social behaviour their gonna open a club that trains folk to be violent!!! Obviously this PC Leo Noctor didn't think this thru properly I bet it'll cause yobs to fight even more. Why come up with such a dumb a** idea, the police should to their job and arrest anyone who is causing anti-social behaviour and give them a ASBO.[/p][/quote]I think it is you that hasn't thought this through. Boxing requires discipline - and hopefully their training will induce it. A little discipline never hurt any-one but your negative ill-thought out rant is not very helpful. Why don't you get off your chair and help out if you are so interested in the subject, and perhaps you could put some suggestions forward yourself.[/p][/quote]The basic principle of discipline encourages code of behaviour and self defence through the mental aspects of attentiveness and technique that prevents a street fight and to avoid fighting entirely. Boxing does not require special techniques. It's merely throwing punches aimed at the head and body, and most would prefer to hit hard and target the chin for a fast knockout. Rule out any fancy footwork or head movement, and most trained will be ranked 'low' level competing boxer. Kung Fu is an art f martial arts. The art of self defence. To master the ability to control one's emotions and to resist the desire for instant gratification and maintain a higher tolerance to frustration. Many communities have failed in thier goal by promoting boxing to curb anti-social behaviour and youngsters not mentally committed to the principles, will result in quick drop-outs as soon as it has begun. sen c b l

5:05pm Sun 10 Feb 13

Is Eckersley playing? says...

sen c b l wrote:
Is Eckersley playing? wrote:
Carl_24 wrote:
So to stop anti-social behaviour their gonna open a club that trains folk to be violent!!!
Obviously this PC Leo Noctor didn't think this thru properly I bet it'll cause yobs to fight even more.
Why come up with such a dumb a** idea, the police should to their job and arrest anyone who is causing anti-social behaviour and give them a ASBO.
I think it is you that hasn't thought this through. Boxing requires discipline - and hopefully their training will induce it. A little discipline never hurt any-one but your negative ill-thought out rant is not very helpful. Why don't you get off your chair and help out if you are so interested in the subject, and perhaps you could put some suggestions forward yourself.
The basic principle of discipline encourages code of behaviour and self defence through the mental aspects of attentiveness and technique that prevents a street fight and to avoid fighting entirely. Boxing does not require special techniques. It's merely throwing punches aimed at the head and body, and most would prefer to hit hard and target the chin for a fast knockout. Rule out any fancy footwork or head movement, and most trained will be ranked 'low' level competing boxer.
Kung Fu is an art f martial arts. The art of self defence. To master the ability to control one's emotions and to resist the desire for instant gratification and maintain a higher tolerance to frustration.
Many communities have failed in thier goal by promoting boxing to curb anti-social behaviour and youngsters not mentally committed to the principles, will result in quick drop-outs as soon as it has begun.
Police Boxing Clubs have existed since before the second world war. Many are still going strong today. PC Noctors idea is not new, but I fancy if his idea didn't work those clubs would have gone out of existence long ago. If it keeps a few kids off the street and gives them an interest I fail to see the down side.
[quote][p][bold]sen c b l[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Is Eckersley playing?[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Carl_24[/bold] wrote: So to stop anti-social behaviour their gonna open a club that trains folk to be violent!!! Obviously this PC Leo Noctor didn't think this thru properly I bet it'll cause yobs to fight even more. Why come up with such a dumb a** idea, the police should to their job and arrest anyone who is causing anti-social behaviour and give them a ASBO.[/p][/quote]I think it is you that hasn't thought this through. Boxing requires discipline - and hopefully their training will induce it. A little discipline never hurt any-one but your negative ill-thought out rant is not very helpful. Why don't you get off your chair and help out if you are so interested in the subject, and perhaps you could put some suggestions forward yourself.[/p][/quote]The basic principle of discipline encourages code of behaviour and self defence through the mental aspects of attentiveness and technique that prevents a street fight and to avoid fighting entirely. Boxing does not require special techniques. It's merely throwing punches aimed at the head and body, and most would prefer to hit hard and target the chin for a fast knockout. Rule out any fancy footwork or head movement, and most trained will be ranked 'low' level competing boxer. Kung Fu is an art f martial arts. The art of self defence. To master the ability to control one's emotions and to resist the desire for instant gratification and maintain a higher tolerance to frustration. Many communities have failed in thier goal by promoting boxing to curb anti-social behaviour and youngsters not mentally committed to the principles, will result in quick drop-outs as soon as it has begun.[/p][/quote]Police Boxing Clubs have existed since before the second world war. Many are still going strong today. PC Noctors idea is not new, but I fancy if his idea didn't work those clubs would have gone out of existence long ago. If it keeps a few kids off the street and gives them an interest I fail to see the down side. Is Eckersley playing?

6:59pm Sun 10 Feb 13

juanbbien says...

Great idea,the young people of today are always gripping they have nothing to do,well here's a chance to for them to learn some self discipline and respect for themselves and others,it will be interesting to see how many of them can stand the training week in week out.
Great idea,the young people of today are always gripping they have nothing to do,well here's a chance to for them to learn some self discipline and respect for themselves and others,it will be interesting to see how many of them can stand the training week in week out. juanbbien

12:10am Mon 11 Feb 13

bazza1974 says...

This is an extremely positive and pro-active idea. The kids in Blackburn have nothing to do of an evening and as the article states, PC Noctor has gone out and spoken to the youths and asked what they want, then acted on it. That is good community policing. Instead of negative (Carl_24) criticising from his armchair, when this police officer has gone out to help the community he serves. Which is all we ask. Well Done and I hope it is a success.
This is an extremely positive and pro-active idea. The kids in Blackburn have nothing to do of an evening and as the article states, PC Noctor has gone out and spoken to the youths and asked what they want, then acted on it. That is good community policing. Instead of negative (Carl_24) criticising from his armchair, when this police officer has gone out to help the community he serves. Which is all we ask. Well Done and I hope it is a success. bazza1974

8:01am Mon 11 Feb 13

ste.g says...

isn't there a boxing club already on livesey?
isn't there a boxing club already on livesey? ste.g

8:46am Mon 11 Feb 13

happycyclist says...

Nothing for kids to do? Give me a break. There's more for kids to do now than there has ever been in human history. It's imaginations they lack, not fighting skills.
Nothing for kids to do? Give me a break. There's more for kids to do now than there has ever been in human history. It's imaginations they lack, not fighting skills. happycyclist

9:36am Mon 11 Feb 13

burner says...

The one word threading its way through the majority of positive posts is " discipline ".
.
Offering disadvantaged youths discipline and ownership of their own minds will work effectively.
.
Sadly, offering discipline is exactly what will be missing from the parenting skills of the majority of these youngsters.
The one word threading its way through the majority of positive posts is " discipline ". . Offering disadvantaged youths discipline and ownership of their own minds will work effectively. . Sadly, offering discipline is exactly what will be missing from the parenting skills of the majority of these youngsters. burner

10:18am Mon 11 Feb 13

burner says...

. . "Sadly, offering discipline is exactly what will be missing from the parenting skills of the majority of these youngsters" . . oops, should read "youngsters' parents".
. . "Sadly, offering discipline is exactly what will be missing from the parenting skills of the majority of these youngsters" . . oops, should read "youngsters' parents". burner

4:22pm Mon 11 Feb 13

Major Tom says...

Violence breeds violence. Look at North Africa!
Violence breeds violence. Look at North Africa! Major Tom

8:00am Tue 12 Feb 13

BlackburnEyes says...

Is Eckersley playing? wrote:
sen c b l wrote:
Is Eckersley playing? wrote:
Carl_24 wrote: So to stop anti-social behaviour their gonna open a club that trains folk to be violent!!! Obviously this PC Leo Noctor didn't think this thru properly I bet it'll cause yobs to fight even more. Why come up with such a dumb a** idea, the police should to their job and arrest anyone who is causing anti-social behaviour and give them a ASBO.
I think it is you that hasn't thought this through. Boxing requires discipline - and hopefully their training will induce it. A little discipline never hurt any-one but your negative ill-thought out rant is not very helpful. Why don't you get off your chair and help out if you are so interested in the subject, and perhaps you could put some suggestions forward yourself.
The basic principle of discipline encourages code of behaviour and self defence through the mental aspects of attentiveness and technique that prevents a street fight and to avoid fighting entirely. Boxing does not require special techniques. It's merely throwing punches aimed at the head and body, and most would prefer to hit hard and target the chin for a fast knockout. Rule out any fancy footwork or head movement, and most trained will be ranked 'low' level competing boxer. Kung Fu is an art f martial arts. The art of self defence. To master the ability to control one's emotions and to resist the desire for instant gratification and maintain a higher tolerance to frustration. Many communities have failed in thier goal by promoting boxing to curb anti-social behaviour and youngsters not mentally committed to the principles, will result in quick drop-outs as soon as it has begun.
Police Boxing Clubs have existed since before the second world war. Many are still going strong today. PC Noctors idea is not new, but I fancy if his idea didn't work those clubs would have gone out of existence long ago. If it keeps a few kids off the street and gives them an interest I fail to see the down side.
and so have army boxing clubs...diasgree with you on this one Sen..Boxing has an element of self defence and technique not random hand punches...if you thre random punched you'll be on the floor pretty quick....young boys need local role models and those that can instill some discipline into them...if a boxing club helps bring these youngsters in it will be worth it...I remember Bangor St community centre was packed every day in the late 80's early 90's with different activities and competed against other community centres in sports....
[quote][p][bold]Is Eckersley playing?[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sen c b l[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Is Eckersley playing?[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Carl_24[/bold] wrote: So to stop anti-social behaviour their gonna open a club that trains folk to be violent!!! Obviously this PC Leo Noctor didn't think this thru properly I bet it'll cause yobs to fight even more. Why come up with such a dumb a** idea, the police should to their job and arrest anyone who is causing anti-social behaviour and give them a ASBO.[/p][/quote]I think it is you that hasn't thought this through. Boxing requires discipline - and hopefully their training will induce it. A little discipline never hurt any-one but your negative ill-thought out rant is not very helpful. Why don't you get off your chair and help out if you are so interested in the subject, and perhaps you could put some suggestions forward yourself.[/p][/quote]The basic principle of discipline encourages code of behaviour and self defence through the mental aspects of attentiveness and technique that prevents a street fight and to avoid fighting entirely. Boxing does not require special techniques. It's merely throwing punches aimed at the head and body, and most would prefer to hit hard and target the chin for a fast knockout. Rule out any fancy footwork or head movement, and most trained will be ranked 'low' level competing boxer. Kung Fu is an art f martial arts. The art of self defence. To master the ability to control one's emotions and to resist the desire for instant gratification and maintain a higher tolerance to frustration. Many communities have failed in thier goal by promoting boxing to curb anti-social behaviour and youngsters not mentally committed to the principles, will result in quick drop-outs as soon as it has begun.[/p][/quote]Police Boxing Clubs have existed since before the second world war. Many are still going strong today. PC Noctors idea is not new, but I fancy if his idea didn't work those clubs would have gone out of existence long ago. If it keeps a few kids off the street and gives them an interest I fail to see the down side.[/p][/quote]and so have army boxing clubs...diasgree with you on this one Sen..Boxing has an element of self defence and technique not random hand punches...if you thre random punched you'll be on the floor pretty quick....young boys need local role models and those that can instill some discipline into them...if a boxing club helps bring these youngsters in it will be worth it...I remember Bangor St community centre was packed every day in the late 80's early 90's with different activities and competed against other community centres in sports.... BlackburnEyes

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