Waitemata Police is currently looking to develop two boxing academies to help tackle male youth behavioural issues, with one to be based in Wellsford.
Waitemata Police community engagement manager William Fanene says the project is in its very early stages, but he hopes if all goes to plan, it will be operational by early next year.
Mr Fanene says a boxing facility already exists in Wellsford that they would like to utilise, by introducing methods established at the Naenae Boxing Academy in Wellington.
“Boxing is really just the vehicle, it’s about teaching discipline and respect,” he says.
The Naenae Academy works with boys aged nine to 18 who are instructed by national title-winning boxer Billy Graham. The Wellsford academy could be used to work particularly with male youth behavioral issues, Mr Fanene says.
At this stage, Waitemata Police is looking for someone to front the academy before it begins investigating potential financial support sources.