28 July 2008
It's gloves off for Wales' greatest boxing trainer, Enzo Calzaghe, when he visits a local summer art project to help paint a portrait of his son, boxing superstar Joe.
Enzo will be lending a hand to create the painting during a Pippins Art workshop. Organised by the local Youth Inclusion Support Programme (YISP), the workshops will provide a creative outlet for 50 young people and their parents.
The artists will work on 15 displays with a focus on the county borough area. The theme for the work is "Well known places...Famous faces." Joe Calzaghe, James Dean Bradfield, Margaret Price and Tommy Cooper are but a few of the famous faces, which will be captured for posterity using the distinctive technique of the Pippins team.
The completed work will then be displayed at Penallta House, Caerphilly's new administrative headquarters.
Operational Manager for YISP Judith Jardine said, "Enzo is no stranger to YISP, some of our older children visit his gym with our youth worker. The training environment helps, not only with levels of fitness and skills but with confidence and discipline, too.
Enzo and Joe are a great boxing father and son double act and tremendous role models for young people working with YISP."
The local YISP celebrated its first, fully operational year at the end of March. In this time, 105 referrals were received, 65 of these were from the Caerphilly county borough area. The remit of YISP is early intervention to prevent anti social behaviour and offending amongst 8 – 15 year olds. The programme is part funded by the Safer Caerphilly Community Safety Partnership.
Community Safety Manager, Howard Rees said, "In this, the first fully operational year of the YISP, we have seen some fantastic results which have meant a real difference being made to both the lives of the individual youngsters and their families and also to the wider community too.
I would like to congratulate the team on their achievements, and long may they continue."
For further information, please contact Judith Jardine on 01495 235639.
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