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Afewee Boxing Club provides an outlet for young people in Brixton.

London riots inspire boxing club

11 August 2011. Thousands of young people rioted in London. But on that very day, the riots inspired legendary football coach Steadman Scott to give these young people something positive to focus on. So Steadman set up Afewee Boxing Club in Brixton.

Four years on from the London riots, Afewee Boxing club is going from strength to strength. Join In helped sport enthusiast Laurie Cooper to volunteer at Afewee. She talks about her experience and the club’s impact in Brixton, as does Head Coach Bobby Miltiadous.

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Afewee Boxing Club In Brixton provides a healthy outlet for local kids.

Backing up Brixton boxing

Afewee Boxing Club provides a healthy hub for kids in Brixton. Head Coach Bobby Miltiadous spoke to Join In about the club’s roots, the growth of women’s boxing and the sterling work done by fellow volunteer Laurie Cooper.

What is the history behind Afewee Boxing Club? Afewee started 18 years ago as a football club. A guy called Steadman Scott had great success – some of the kids he coached went on to sign for professional clubs. As a result of that reputation, he moved the club into boxing as well. It’s growing week-in week-out and now we’re actually fighting to get our own premises. At the moment, we are in a big hall in Brixton Recreation centre called the Energy Zone.

What about your volunteering experience? I’ve done a lot of volunteering and have always been involved in boxing. At the moment, I volunteer three times a week at Afewee and I’m Head Coach. I make all the decisions with regards to the boxing club. So I’ve volunteered for nearly two years here.

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