We owe our origins to a community initiative programme of
Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, which ran several highly
successful pilot schemes during 2010.
Following this earlier success we commenced full operations
in February 2011, funded still by Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue
Service as well as via a number of local Authority community
We currently operate as a charitable (membership) association
with our own Management Committee (Board) in full control
of our operations.
Over the next few years we have the stated aim of expanding
out from our exclusively Hertfordshire base, eventually operating
on a national basis.
We operate a series of 40 week (term) sessions for children
aged 7 - 15.
Box Cleva is a sporting and educational youth initiative centred
on the sport of amateur boxing, based on the same protocols
that an amateur boxer would take whilst training, with the
exception of sparring, this is an absolutely no contact initiative.
The sessions are weekly and are carried out by some of the
very best trainers in the country. All coaches are fully qualified
by the Amateur Boxing Association of England (ABA) and are
Enhanced CRB checked, as well as holding first aid certificates.
Each session last approximately 1.5 hours and instils discipline,
respect, perseverance, fair-play and fitness, within a safe
and controlled environment.
Healthy Eating sessions and Drugs Awareness sessions are carried
out in every programme.
Many of the children come to us by referral from their schools
and other agencies. Most of these children will be having
behavioural problems, playing truant and getting into trouble
Our aim is to provide positive male role models.
Participants are able to take part in our award assessment
- where they can achieve Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum
medals - giving them a real sense of achievement!
are just a very small sample of the Testimonials we have received.
funding was very difficult to source, Box Cleva went from
strength to strength due to the commitment of Bob Williams
and the ABA boxing trainers. The children who attend have
reacted in such a positive way and they now have discipline,
self esteem and respect for others. Their attendance rates
at school have increased and having positive male role models
who interact with the children has been invaluable. ASB in
these areas have also decreased which benefit the local community.
A fantastic community initiative!"
Trevor "Charlie" Brown
Station Commander Dacorum and St Albans
St. Albans Community Fire Station
Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Service
is wonderful to have such an excellent resource to bring to
Team Around the Child Meetings, when a Common Assessment Framework
document has been raised. The majority of these meetings are
based around poor behaviour management, anger issues and family
breakdowns. To have the opportunity to speak about Box Cleva
with the positive male role models, disciplined, respectful
and structured provision, along with healthy eating and drug
awareness sessions is of great importance, and has been accepted
by schools as a positive action to undertake.
Parents are aware they can feedback issues of their child's
behaviour, both in and out of school, to Bob, who is then
able to speak with knowledge and understanding to the children
as they attend their Box Cleva session. Bob works with families
and schools to promote a positive and disciplined approach
to problem solving. Some of the children have no positive
role models, let alone males, in their lives, and Bob along
with all the trainers at Box Cleva are in the, sometimes,
unique position of fulfilling this role.
Thank you Bob and all the trainers, your worth is recognised
and appreciated by many children, parents, carers and schools.
School Family Worker
year at a C.S.P. meeting at Hertsmere borough council I listened
to a presentation given by a local fireman called Bob Williams
on a club called Box Cleva, in which local children from various
ages and backgrounds go and do boxing training.
He explained that no physical contact was involved just training
and that this installed discipline into them as well as venting
anger. I thought what a great idea not only does it do what
says above, it also keeps many children, some of whom have
been in trouble, off the streets and gives them exercise and
a sense of enjoyment. Not to mention the money it saves various
agencies including the Police, Social Services and Health
I am sure it will go from strength to strength and I am proud
to be a part of it.
Cllr Ernie Butler
Cowley Hill ward
Elstreeand Borehamwood Town Council
Cleva was the brain child of Watch Commander Bob Williams
the aim of the initiative was to engage with local youngsters
so that they experience a healthy and disciplined lifestyle
by undertaking weekly training sessions with experienced and
The great part of the initiative was that it involved a multi
agency response involving local partners, who were involved
with funding, recommendations and on going commitment. This
holistic approach ensured that a community approach to Box
Cleva was endorsed by agencies in the local community.
Feed back from both parents and children involved, reflected
positive role models depicting core values and discipline.
With the children having structure in their lives for two
nights a week which for some was the first time they had been
involved in such a positive event.
Box Cleva benefits all aspects of the community, Bob Williams
dedication and passion are instrumental to its success this
initiative and ones like it can only help to reduce antisocial
behaviour and endorse community values.
Training &Development Centre