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Professional Boxer Fights Against Knife Crime

Written by Hannah Moss

British professional boxer Tommy Coyle visited North Lindsey College to help inspire students to do their best, alongside support the #NoMoreKnives campaign.

The event took place on the 3rd and 4th September and was the second visit from the Tommy Coyle Foundation and #NoMoreKnives campaign team.

The Boxclever Bus come onto the Scunthorpe campus, complete with a boxing training area, weights and gym equipment, a lounge area with Xboxs, iPads and games consoles. Students also had the opportunity to spar with the professional boxer in the Foundation’s portal boxing ring.

Tommy Coyle local said, “Talent only gets you so far. You need to work hard, make sacrifices and persevere and then success is inevitable.”

Corey Jones, Level 2 plumbing student formerly of Frederick Gough School said, “Taking part in a sparing session with Tommy was really fun as I have done some boxing before. I’ve followed Tommy’s career and it’s really positive that he come into college and inspiring young people in the community.”

In addition, the College was also visited by the No More Knives Campaign who ran two interactive workshops getting students to think about the dangers of knife crime.

Lead by Mo Timbo, Anti-Knife Crime Campaign Founder, the session included an interactive rap to get students motivated and a short presentation from Humberside Police.

Mo Timbo said, “Every choice has a consequence. The project No More Knives is huge. The government have officially recognised the campaign now and it will launch across the whole of the country.”

Dean Southam part of the Early Intervention Team at Humberside Police said, “The workshops are being held in all secondary schools across North Lincolnshire. There has been a rise in reports of incidents with knives, so the Police Crime Commission has decided to run the workshops to engage young people.”

Recently the Home Office approved funding following a bid from the Police and Crime Commissioner to help tackle young people becoming involved in violence and crime across the Humberside Police area. The Tommy Coyle Foundation and The Rich Foundation are partners working with the Commissioner’s office that will offer a positive impact on young people, keeping them away from crime, showing them that there is help and other options out there.

Health and Social Care student Maisie Butler attended the workshop she said, “The session was really interesting. It was vibrant and interactive. It had a real impact as it was presented in a way that interested young people.”