To mark the second anniversary of its Hertfordshire’s Big Hit boxing project, HSP proudly hosted a celebration event at its University of Hertfordshire base, which was attended by over 300 young boxers, their parents and former and current boxing champions, John Conteh MBE, Ted Cheeseman and Sean Murphy.

The Big Lottery funded programme began in summer 2016 after initial pilot sessions delivered by the Box Cleva charity highlighted a need for an intervention to help tackle local anti-social behaviour.

The project funds 11 programmes at boxing clubs across Hertfordshire and often, the young people who take part in the weekly ‘Big Hit’ sessions are those at risk of engaging in low level crime, and of getting in with the wrong crowd. The young participants not only train hard and learn about the sweet science, but also benefit from an interwoven educational and awareness programme around resilience, substance misuse, bullying and healthy eating.

Bob Williams, founder of Box Cleva and Boxing Development Officer for the Big Hit project said:

“Events like this just don’t happen for many of these youngsters – many of whom come from some of the county’s more disadvantaged communities. Box Cleva and the trainers are proud of how hard these kids work towards their awards. Our celebrity guests have shown them that with dedication comes reward, and that if they set their minds to it, they can achieve anything. I hope that the young boxers from the all of the Box Cleva projects had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed themselves here today. To see them proudly collecting their awards after putting in so much effort over recent weeks, brought a tear to my eye.”

The event opened with an interactive group skills session where the young participants skipped and showed off their pad work to onlooking parents and carers, and were encouraged by Ted Cheeseman who moved amongst them with his WBA International Super Welterweight belt.

The exhausting practical session was followed by lunch – provided courtesy of Herts Catering Ltd – and the Big Hit awards ceremony at the university’s Weston Auditorium, where Hertfordshire dignitaries handed out awards to the local boxers.

Following the success of this event the programme organisers have decided that there will be another to mark the end of the third year of delivery which will take place on Sunday July 14th 2019.

For more information about Hertfordshire’s Big Hit Celebration Day please contact:

Will Slemmings
E: w.slemmings@herts.ac.uk
T: 01707 283249