Archive | December 2011

Commons debate on sport and youth crime

Members of the APPG for Boxing today spoke in a House of Commons debate on the impact of sport on youth crime. Charlotte Leslie MP referred to the work of the National Smelting Co Amateur Boxing Club, and quoted one young member:

“My life was a cul-de-sac of going into a gang. If I wanted an identity, security, protection, feeling I am something, there was only one option for me and that was to join a gang. My local boxing club provided an avenue off that cul-de-sac where I could find a family and identity.”

To read the full transcript of the debate, click here.