Marcellus Baz talking to Howard Pratt

Nottingham School of Boxing and knife crime prevention charity Switch Up, is using mentorships and boxing to reduce the dangers of knife crime in the city.

Switch Up, based in St. Ann’s Nottingham, has been working within the community since 2010.

The charity helps young people and adults at risk of crime and violence to empower them and offer an alternative to a life of crime.

CEO and Director, Marcellus Baz BEM, has been working alongside the community for over two decades after being a victim of a knife attack which saw his boxing career slashed.

Marcellus Baz, CEO & Director of Nottingham School of Boxing, and Howard Pratt, Managing Director of HSP Consulting, Key Donor 

Howard Pratt, Managing Director of HSP Consulting, is a key donor for the Nottingham School of Boxing. His support has been vital for the organisation which has recently suffered cuts to its funding.

According to a report by the YMCA, figures show that since 2010 youth services across England have been cut by 60% and in Nottingham there’s been a 90% reduction in funding for youth services, affecting youth clubs across the city.

“It’s a community of people that make things happen, it is a community of people that can bring up a child”

Marcellus Baz, CEO & DIRECTOR of Switch UP, Nottingham School of Boxing 

Marcellus Baz, who has seen the lack of funding affect Switch Up and the Nottingham School of Boxing, believes the cuts are detrimental to young people.

The boxing school’s ethos isn’t just to train hard and to become a better boxer, but also to bring people together and support one another.

CJ is one young man who has benefitted from the mentorship scheme. Once shy and lacking in confidence, he says it has helped him to grow as a person.

Mentor, Jaelyn and his mentee, CJ

Nottingham School of Boxing, which works closely with England Boxing, the boxing governing body for England, has become a safe space and a training ground for young people and adults to hone their skills and realise talents they didn’t know they had.