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Boxing club that works with police to steer youths away from crime celebrates milestone

A community boxing club in the Black Country is celebrating is first anniversary after successfully teaming up with police to help steer local youths away from antisocial and criminal behaviour.

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Training sessions at Team Pumpkin Boxing

Team Pumpkin Boxing, in Brierley Hill, provides weekly classes to youngsters in the area and was set up by boxing coach Carl Collins and his 19-year-old son Ben.

It has been a very busy 12 months since they put on their first boxing sessions at their Old Bush Street premises with only three children coming - that has grown with over 110 boxers training with them.

Team Pumpkin celebrate landing the Asda cheque

His first love was always football, so he only took boxing up in his late teens.

He said: "I always put football first. My boxing coach used to say I wasn't dedicated enough to fight. I always thought he just didn't like me, but I now know he was 100 per cent right."

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