South Wye Police Boxing Academy
The Hinton Community Centre, based on the Ross Road, Hereford has been home now, for some years, to boxing club initiatives and projects.
These projects were started, initially, for youths, both male and female, aged between the ages of 7- 18. As the popularity of the projects grew, other sessions were arranged.
During school holidays, training camps were arranged jointly with West Mercia Police to teach the basics of boxing, and also with an emphasis on important life skills and anti-drink/drug sessions.
In 2014, it was decided to constitute a new organisation known as South Wye Police Boxing Academy.
In September 2014 the Academy was delighted to be awarded a grant from the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Mercia. The Academy is also very grateful to its other supporters such as Round Table and Hereford Rotary Club.
The Academy organises sessions for schools and colleges teaching boxing skills and basing sessions around valuable life skills such as self-control, decision making and health issues generally.
The Academy seeks to occupy young people productively and to reduce local crime through the support and education of young people.
The Academy is run by Vince McNally and Richard Roberts who are both accredited level 2 Amateur Boxing Association coaches.
Hinton Community Centre has had close links with the Local Police Team, with PC Kevin Powell having previously given talks with the younger groups.
The Academy was delighted when PC Powell indicated that he wished to be the welfare officer for the Academy.
Vince and Richard have, for some years, arranged boxing shows on an annual basis with the proceeds from the shows in previous years benefiting charities such as Combat Stress, Riding for the Disabled, Firefighters Charity, ELY, Little Princess Trust and St Francis Xavier Church.
This year, Vince & Richard were approached by the Amateur Boxing Association to organise another show with the proceeds to b This show was held at Hereford Sixth Form College and was a sold-out event. Especial thanks is due to the Sixth Form College without whose help the show could not have been staged.