Pan London Public Services Youth DayDelia Babasa, right, was among the students delivering a knockout service at the Pan London Public Services Youth Day at Alexandra Palace.

Students delivered a knockout performance when they gave their support at the curtain-raiser for Europe’s largest amateur boxing tournament.

The group, from the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL), provided voluntary help at the Pan London Public Services Youth Day at Alexandra Palace on 15 June.

The event in the Great Hall marked the first day of the Haringey Box Cup, which has been running since 2008 and in the past featured world champions: Anthony Joshua, Nicola Adams and Chris Eubank.

Each year, around 2,000 students from secondary schools and colleges across London attend the event run by Haringey Police Community Boxing Club , where they can find out more about Public Services careers and opportunities in sport.

Students had the chance to visit stands hosted by the Metropolitan Police, London Fire Brigade, Armed Forces, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, Saracens Sport Foundation and other organisations, including CONEL’s Sports Academies.

There was also the opportunity for visitors to have a go at boxing.

Pan London Public Services Youth DayTop right, students Marcin Kasza and Bartlomiej Szmidt welcome visitors to the London Public Services Youth Day. Top left, Public Services students serve lunch after organising the catering. Bottom left, Jonathan Ellis-Beattie and Hasret Keles who helped organise the event. Bottom right, Students Jason Guerra and Nathan Stewart find out about a career in the Royal Marines.

CONEL’s Higher National Certificate Public Services students worked with Haringey Police and Alexandra Palace to plan the event.

They then arranged for their peers taking diplomas in Public Services to manage visitors and provide catering.

Jonathan Ellis-Beattie, 20, who is studying for the Higher National Certificate and hopes to join the Royal Navy, said: “I was a bit nervous as it was the first time I’d done anything like this and I didn’t want to make any mistakes.

“We were responsible for all the visitors coming in and wanted to provide a good service, so there was quite a bit of pressure on us, but it all went well.”

Hasret Keles, 20, who is studying Public Services Extended Diploma Level 3 and keen to join the Metropolitan Police, added: “I’ve found the course really interesting. It’s not just the learning but the knowledge and educational experiences like this that really get you ready for the outside world.”

CONEL offers Public Services Diploma courses from Levels 1 to 5, which are ideal for anyone wanting to work in the Armed Forces, emergency services, national security or prison service.

Brendan Berry, Curriculum Manager for Public Services, said: “The College has been supporting the Pan London Public Services Youth Day for four years now.

“It’s a great event for our students to get involved with, in terms of putting their event management, communication, organisation and leadership skills into practice, and a chance to get some fantastic career advice along the way.”

Call 020 8442 3055 or click here for more information on Public Services courses at the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL).

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