The Double Edge group performing at Nottingham College

The Pythian Club’s production of “Double Edge”, a show that aims to educate students about the dangers of getting involved in violent crime, has been performed to a packed audience at Nottingham’s Clarendon College.

The group have been performing as an extension to the clubs repertoire, that already includes football, boxing and music activities for at risk children and teenagers.

The production would usually be viewed by the group’s young target audience but the special showing at the Nottingham college was attended by parents, the police and members of the city council, as a way to show what the club is currently trying to achieve.

The show and following presentation called upon personal stories relating to the issue from members and victims.

Performance director for Double Edge, Elliot Willmington-Holmes, says he thinks it is crucial not to just give the actors a script and instead to derive past stories into a script together.

“It’s made something that’s more personal, and this is a personal story,” he said.

The Pythian Club’s work hasn’t gone unnoticed. They won the Community Award at the Nottingham Post Sports Awards and have since been finalists in the 2019 Crimebeat awards.

The group have also been honoured with personalised tram artwork from Nottingham Express Transit in January this year.

The Pythian Club Stats

  • 4 years active
  • 3,659 youth members
  • 357 available workshops
  • Academies in football, boxing, music and drama
  • 12 weekly available local activities

Despite the continuous growth of the group, The Pythian Club aren’t ready to stop the fight on violence any time soon.

“Our young People are hurting, our society is hurting but we can change the tide”
Ben rosser, ceo – pythian club

“Our young people need to understand some of the basics of the law” says Pythian Club CEO Ben Rosser, who has been with the group in every step of the journey.

Rosser added “the time is now, 2020, let’s see how much we can do.”