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Rapport Building and Communicating

Patient and Understanding: The Coaches Supporting People to Turn Away from Crime

Mike Dale visits a variety of organisations that are using boxing to engage with individuals in communities that have high levels of crime. Coaches at each organisation cite the importance of being flexible, patient and understanding

Marcellus Baz's story, depicted in Man on a Mission: Breaking the Vicious Cycle of Crime, is a perfect illustration of how coaches working with young people likely to be at risk of getting involved in crime must develop flexibility, empathy, patience and, crucially, understanding of the world the people who attend their sessions live in.

"I'm big on punctuality," says Marcellus, the award-winning founder of the Nottingham School of Boxing, "but when one of the lads turned up 15 minutes late for training I didn't demand to know why."

Instead, Marcellus gave him the opportunity to share. The results illustrate just how crucial it is to develop a keen awareness and understanding of the people you coach.

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