Rick Ogden


HI RES Rick Ogden, Bradley Walsh, Dame Mary Perkins

Returning to work in Lambeth three years ago, London Fire Brigade Commander, Rick, was struck by the sheer level of gang and knife crime, and thought of a way to proactively reduce the violence and associated outcomes of these actions. As a keen boxer he set about singlehandedly designing, delivering and implementing a boxing project called ‘BOXCLEVER’ at Miguels Boxing Gym, for 16-24 year olds.

This project was designed to assist the most vulnerable young people by increasing their confidence and life-skills through boxing and fitness. BOX CLEVER is a rolling 16-week programme which encompasses far more than boxing and fitness as the course progresses, it builds-in CV writing, nutrition, lifeskills such as signposting for support services and interview techniques with the end goal of sourcing employment for young people as well as increasing confidence and well-being.

Most importantly BOX CLEVER offers a different path to gang life and exposure to violent crime. It now boasts 15 young people per course with a fantastic completion rate. Rick has personally secured all the funding for this project and continues to tirelessly work to ensure its legacy.

Nominated by: Steve Howlet