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Bradford - Boys given boot camp boost

Teenage boys from four inner-city schools have taken part in an Army training course designed to build their skills and self-confidence.

It was attended by three Bradford police officers to improve relations between the 14- to 19-year-olds and local police.

Thirty-six boys from Carlton Bolling College, Challenge College, Hanson School and Tong High School signed up for the camp at the Queen Elizabeth Barracks in Strensall. Activities included five-a-side football, hockey, a weapons presentation, an obstacle course and drills.

Michael Kelly, Bradford Council's executive member for children's services, said: "It was rewarding for all and it may have helped encourage some to consider a career with the Army or the police. This fits in with the 'B Someone' campaign, which is about young people taking responsibility for their future and reaching their goals."

Tazeem Sawaiz, the council's extended services co-ordinator, said: "It was extremely well attended and is something we would run again." ws.

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