Empire Fighting Chance

£150,000  |  Funding from 2018 to 2021

Empire Fighting Chance fights the impact of deprivation on young people’s lives, using a powerful combination of non-contact boxing and intensive personal support to challenge and inspire young people to realise their potential.

The charity was started ten years ago when founders, Martin and Jamie, spotted two young men dealing drugs near to the Empire Boxing Gym in inner-city Bristol. They decided to tackle their behaviour and invited them for a private training session. Both enjoyed the session and turned up the following week with a few friends. Within six weeks, fifty young people were attending sessions five nights a week.

Over time, Empire Fighting Chance has evolved from a small boxing project into a professional charity.

The charity works at the street level with young men and women aged 8 to 21. It targets the most vulnerable, including those excluded from school, involved in crime and experiencing mental health issues.

Run from its gym, Empire Fighting Chance’s programme features non-contact boxing combined with personal support focused on education, employability and well-being to inspire young people to realise their unique potential. The sport attracts and engages young people, while the charity’s holistic approach means it can address multiple, complex issues.