COLCHESTER Borough Homes is launching a free boxing initiative for young people.

The project, called ‘Box Smart,’ aims to provide young people with a positive outlook, increasing their confidence through being active and using qualified coaches as positive role models.

Weekly boxing sessions will be held to encourage 12 to 16-year-olds, who might be vulnerable to the dangers of County Lines and knife crime, to try something new.

The sessions will start from October 14 in St Anne’s and October 17 in Greenstead and will run for ten weeks.

Colchester Borough Homes Chief Executive Gareth Mitchell said: “The ‘Box Smart’ project is a really exciting initiative, which is set to create a real positive focus for young people.

"It is part of our community plan work to make a positive impact in our local communities.

"So, if you’re between 12 and 16 and like the sound of this, or if you know someone who might benefit from being part of the project, please get in touch to book a space.”

There are still spaces available to join the sessions.

Contact Colchester Borough Homes Resident Insight and Engagement Officer Mark Healy on 03300 538022, or email to find out more details and to book a space.