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streatham community boxing club appeal
<p>A Streatham father has launched a boxing charity to help the area’s teenagers following the riots across London in August last year.<br /> Darren Hill, 40, said he watched the footage of the rioters with a growing feeling of frustration that young children were among the older looters.<br /> Friends and family joined Darren on Friday (6 January) at the Pied Bull pub in Streatham Common for a charity pool night which raised £170 in aid of Team Lambeth Boxing Club.<br /> Father-of-three Darren, who has had a life-long passion for boxing, said he had personal experience of seeing how boxing could channel young people’s anger and actually enable them to control their tempers.<br /> He said: “I’d been thinking of setting up a boxing club for years but seeing those terrible shots on TV was the final motivation I needed to get up and do something to help the young people of South London.<br /> “Boxing saves young people’s lives. It’s not about violence – in fact, boxing helps channel teenagers’ anger and would help them walk away from a fight.<br /> “The aim of Team Lambeth Boxing Club is to provide free boxing lessons to all young people and with Britain hosting the Olympics this year I hope the local community, parents, businesses and politicians will support this campaign.<br /> “I was shocked to see the long sentences the courts gave the rioters because it misses the point. Prison doesn’t solve the issue – these young people need facilities to help them vent their frustrations and boxing is one way of addressing this.”<br /> Darren added that one of the objectives of his charity would be to encourage boxing to be introduced into the national curriculum so that schoolchildren would learn about self-discipline and respect for others.<br /> He said: “If boxing is taught correctly and in a holistic way, including the importance of a good diet, discipline and regular exercise, then I am confident problems that teachers experience in schools will reduce and I’m sure Team Lambeth Boxing Club will help older teenagers make a more positive contribution to their local community.”<br /> Darren is hoping to raise £20,000 to pay towards a boxing ring and equipment. He is also looking for a venue to lease.<br /> If anyone would like to find out more information about the Team Lambeth Boxing Club campaign, contact Darren on [email protected]</p>