Empire Fighting Chance was born on Bristol’s streets in 2006 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. 

We work at the street level, out of boxing gyms in the heart of deprived communities. We target young men and women aged 8 to 25 who experience significant challenges in their lives, including those excluded from school, involved in crime, and often dealing with mental health issues. Many of our young people face multiple, complex obstacles and come to Empire Fighting Chance after a series of failed interventions.

We now inspire over 3500 young people each year across Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset and South Wales.

We have created an intensive and holistic programme to reflect the challenges faced by the people we work with. Young people benefit from a personalised programme built from our 5 services:

  • Non-contact boxing
  • Mentoring
  • Education
  • Therapy
  • Careers

We exploit boxing’s grittiness to attract young people and use gaps between physical activities to inspire changes in their lives – uniquely; we use the sport to mentor and educate and to provide therapy and careers support. 

We now work with over 3500 young people each year across Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset and South Wales. Our work inspires young people to achieve significant changes in their lives, from returning to school and exiting gangs to getting work and feeling healthier and happier.

We are harnessing our growing reputation to influence the policies and practices that shape young people’s lives. We are, for example, contributing to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Boxing to build a case to the Government for how sport can improve mental health.