Police relaunch allotment and boxing clubs to help pupils
IT'S often seen as a genteel pastime of the elderly.
But a group of pupils from Sydney Smith School in Anlaby hope to prove the benefits of pottering about on an allotment can be far-reaching.
Fourteen children will be growing produce at the plot of land off Wolfreton Villas, which they plan to donate to a residential home. It is hoped the scheme, first run last September by Kirk Ella police officers, will continue to help improve behaviour.
Inspector Andy Woodhead, of Humberside Police's neighbourhood policing team said: "We are very keen to mirror the success of last year's allotment project and hope the children enjoy being involved and put in the same amount of hard work.
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"The project provides the children with the opportunity to learn something new about gardening."
Officers are also working with Steve Pollard at Kingston Amateur Boxing Club in Hessle Road, west Hull.
Six students who took part in last year's boxing project are now amateur boxers with the club, including Ryan Mitchell, who took part in his first fight earlier this year, just three months after picking up the gloves.
Insp Woodhead said the boxing sessions will begin on Monday, October 1.
He said: "Thanks must be made to Sydney Smith School and a local company, Colt Industrial Services, who funded the project."
Corrina Gutherless, the school's behaviour councillor, said: "It improved pupil behaviour. They have appreciation for the allotment. Some students who took part in the boxing excelled."