A New Cross boxing club is tackling knife crime by offering a positive alternative with the motto ‘jab don’t stab’.
Members of the Double Jab boxing club at the Moonshot Centre in Angus Street had called on Commissioner Cressida Dick to speak directly to the community.
She visited the centre on May 4 during a fortnight that saw 11 young people lose their lives to knife crime across the capital.
Commissioner Cressida Dick said: "When I was appointed Commissioner I made it clear that we all had a responsibility to fight knife crime.
“The team at Double Jab are stepping up in their community to provide sport, friendship and focus for young people.
“It is important I am able to get out and listen to Londoners and really understand their concerns and the work they are doing.
“It was inspiring and very informative to see the work being done at the club and to hear from the young athletes.”
The club was founded in 2013 and was named the London Sport’s Club of the Year 2017, while head coach Mike Harris won the BBC Sports Personality’s Unsung Hero of the Year.
Mr Harris said: "To have the Commissioner visit the club and listen to what the kids had to say was a real gift to be heard.
“To the kids it meant their issues are valued, empowering then to make a positive change through positive relationships with the Met police."
"Our club’s motto is ‘Jab Don’t Stab’, with our aims of using sport as a means of a pathway to community cohesion and tackling gang and knife crime.
“We provide young people the opportunity to use skills to better their future – they are, after all, the future of country."