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."

Gio’s story

Gio came to us after getting into trouble at college, and was offered an apprenticeship with us, provided by Coach Core. Read Gio’s story
“Before I started boxing, I was out drinking. As soon as I started this apprenticeship (at Empire Fighting Chance) it changed my life loads...I’d probably be in prison otherwise, even my mum said it.”

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


are more confident


are happier


are more positive about their future


increased aspirations

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