Alex Beresford becomes Empire ambassador

Champions in the ring,
Champions in life

We welcomed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex

Improving young lives
through boxing

Empire Fighting Chance was born on Bristol’s streets to fight the impact of deprivation on the lives of young people. We use a powerful combination of non-contact boxing and intensive personal support to challenge and inspire young people to realise their unique potential.

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Jamal’s story

We worked together for 20 weeks on the boxing and mentoring programme, helping to build Jamal’s confidence and resilience. We also mentored Jamal on the benefits of nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. Read Jamal’s story
"I found more than just a club. I found family. Community. I found something to be part of...I came from a bad place and now I am on my way to sorting out my life a step at a time."

April’s story

April started with Empire Fighting Chance back in February 2019, after a referral from Bristol Children in Care team. The referral goals were set out as to help April manage her anxiety, to develop and maintain fitness, and to develop confidence and self-esteem.Read April’s story
"Seeing that I can actually do something for a long period of time and actually see myself get better at something that's fun, that’s not a chore, something which actually makes me, like, better and calmer...."

Iestyn’s story

Iestyn was experiencing anger issues at school and at home, struggling to deal with grief - as any young man would - after the tragic loss of his father.Read Iestyn’s story
“I’m definitely more confident. I started rugby again after I joined here. It’s just made my confidence go up so much.”

Our impact in numbers

In 2018 we supported 3,628 young people

88%

are more confident

78%

are happier

81%

are more positive about their future

82%

increased aspirations

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