Derbyshire OzBox enters its last week


The final sessions of a much-loved scheme which has helped thousands of youngsters in Derbyshire are taking place this week.

OzBox – which provides free fitness sessions to young people in a bid to keep them healthy and off the streets – will officially end on Sunday because of budget cuts.

The final session to be held in Chesterfield – where the scheme began ten years ago – will take place on Friday night.

OzBox has been funded by Derbyshire Constabulary and Derbyshire County Council since 2003 and was supported by money from the Big Lottery Fund (BLF) for the past three years.

The BLF money runs out soon and police and council chiefs are unable to continue funding the scheme because they are having to make “devastating” cuts to their budgets.

Currently, 1,180 people have signed an online petition to keep OzBox going.