The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and officers from across the Metropolitan Police Service will today, Thursday, 13 June, be joining over 4,000 youngsters at the Pan London Youth Day in Alexandra Palace, north London.
This unique day is the precursor event to the 20th annual Haringey Police Box Cup - an international amateur boxing tournament – being held between 14 -16 June at the same venue.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor, said: “I am delighted to support the Pan London Youth Day. Initially part of a youth diversion and referral project, Haringey Police and Community Amateur Boxing Club was formed in Tottenham in 1999. It was set up to encourage the discipline and commitment that sport offers; something that I, as a keen rugby player, understand well. The annual competition and Youth Day has now grown into a pan-London event and offers a unique opportunity for the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) and Metropolitan Police Service to engage with the young people of London.”
The youth engagement day will be hosted by officers from across the Met, other emergency services personnel, the Armed Forces as well as representatives from voluntary and private sector organisations.
This one-stop shop will offer youngsters the chance to discuss opportunities which are available academically, culturally, socially and career-wise in a safe and secure environment, as well as health and well-being and personal security.
With interactive zones offering sports there will be representatives from Premiership Football clubs, including the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, Saracens RFC, Met Boxing, Sportability and much, much more.
The event is part funded by the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime, and is being held in The Great Hall at Alexandra Palace. It is open to all year 7 to 13 school students throughout the 32 London boroughs. This year, invites have also been extended to various London colleges and universities, all free of charge.
Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said: “I’m delighted to support the annual Pan-London Youth Day, which offers young Londoners opportunities to get involved in activities that can help them reach their full potential. From exploring career opportunities and discussing their academic opportunities to discovering local sport activities, this event empowers young Londoners to shape their future.
“Providing opportunities for our young people in London is crucial - and City Hall’s £45 million Young Londoners Fund is a major part of our long-term approach to tackling knife and violent crime in the capital. Events like the Pan-London Youth Day are a great example of how we can provide young people with positive alternatives to crime and help them into employment and training.”
Police Sergeant Shawn Goodchild, the Pan London Youth Day co-ordinator, said: “I am proud to be the organiser of this event and part of the club, which is based in the heart of Tottenham. Sport is an excellent conduit to bring young people together and I hope today will offer inspiration, aspiration and encourage more to take part in sport. The boxing club has achieved so much, working with many young people, including Youth Offending Team referrals and ex-gang members. The discipline that sport offers has offered hundreds of youths the chance to take control of their lives, health, fitness and future. The club encourages members to apply the discipline and focus of sport into their everyday lives as well as offering support and mentoring to others.”
In 2017 the competition attracted 620 carded amateur boxers from 12 different countries and became the World’s largest amateur boxing competition.
This is the 12th Pan London Youth Day and the fourth time the event has been supported by the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime.
If you would like to find out more about the Boxing Club or future events, visit: http://www.haringeyboxingclub.com/
Community groups and projects can apply for the next wave of the Mayor’s Young Londoners Fund, with funding available to support these vital services in giving young Londoners a chance to shape their future. More information on the funding is available here: https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/education-and-youth/young-londoners/mayors-young-londoners-fund
There are hundreds of activities for young Londoners to get involved in across the capital, which will provide the key skills they need to reach their full potential. Details can be found on an interactive map hosted on the City Hall website at www.london.gov.uk/our-london.