Empire Fighting Chance


Empire Deliver Open Access Sessions

October 2018

Empire Fighting Chance will deliver open access non-contact boxing and fitness sessions for young people aged 10+. The sessions will consist of authentic boxing training including speed skipping, bag work, technique and pad work. The group size will normally be 10 – 20 participants with mixed abilities, beginners and new starters are welcome and no previous experience is required.

Session times are follows:

Ages 10-16: Monday/Thursday – 4.30pm-5.30pm
Ages 16-25: Monday/Wednesday/Friday – 5.30pm – 6.30pm

Empire Fighting Chance in Easton, Bristol, August 2016

Champion of The Month – Morgan

September 2018

Morgan has really proved himself over the past few months and impressed his coach Vaughan who described him as,”One of the smallest in the gym, probably with the biggest heart.” Morgan always engages & gives 100% at every session and there have been positive changes in his behaviour & he is regulating his emotions in a healthy way. Empire have had excellent feedback on Morgan’s progress and we wish him all the best while he recovers from his leg injury.

Champion of the Month – Dontae Davis

August 2018

Dontae has been working with the Empire team for over a year and last month completed his work experience at Empire Fighting Chance. Throughout the week Dontae was able to put his knowledge of coaching and mentoring to the test, helping out experienced coaches Harvey and Courtney with the delivery of sessions to young people. This culminated in some great words of wisdom which Dontae was keen to share with young people walking through our doors. He created a session plan that coaches are able to incorporate into their coaching and highlighted some of the personal development points that have had a big impact on his time at Empire. Great job Dontae, there is a job waiting when you finish school!

100 People 100 Days 100 Pounds

May 2018

Your journey starts here…

Could you be one of Empire Fighting Chance’s 100 entrants for this years Bristol 1/2 Marathon?

On the 23rd September, Bristol will host 10,000 runners in this iconic, annual Half Marathon. Taking in some of the city’s most historic views, the atmosphere along the way will be second to none!

Launching on Friday 15th June, Empire Fighting Chance will provide you with your very own FREE 100 day training plan, to include;

  • 4 FREE bootcamps
  • 10 FREE Boxfit sessions
  • FREE running vest
  • Online advice & support for any training adjustments 

All we ask in return is a pledge for entrants to raise £100 for Empire Fighting Chance!

Boxfit Taster & Networking Session

February 2018



When?  Wednesday 21st March 2018 4pm-5pm

Where? Empire Fighting Chance, The Mill, Lower Ashley Road, Easton, BS5 0YJ

Who? Anyone working with young people, in schools, employability/careers guidance or public sector in Bristol (or just a bit curious about boxing..)

What? A 45 minute non-contact boxing work-out led by one of our boxing coach/mentors.  Experience how we use speedball, skipping, pad-work, dodgeball, shadow boxing and circuits to build young people’s physical health & personal resilience.  All while catching up with a new/old colleague from our sector – if you have any breath left!

Why? We provide 1:1 and small group non-contact boxing & mentoring support to 8-25 year olds.  Our personal development programme is developed with a sports psychologist and promotes physical & mental health, builds confidence, self-esteem, motivation and inspires positive relationships.  If you work with a young person who might benefit – try it for yourself first!  Our new employability programme Hello Future integrates the physical challenge and positive mentality of boxing, with work-based experience to raise aspirations and develop employability skills – a unique approach to supporting young people on their journey into training or work.

How to sign up?  Simply email me Sharon@empirefightingchance.org or call us 0117 908 6655 / 07896 319839.   Do spread the word, the more the merrier/healthier!


Ashley Brace joins Empire Fighting Chance

January 2018

A HUGE welcome to our new coach/mentor Ashley Brace. Ashley, an undefeated professional boxer, is the current WBC International Champion. She also challenged for the European Championship in December which ended in a draw.

She is a qualified teacher,  has extensive experience both in schools and coaching and will lead our work across South Wales. We are really excited to have Ashley onboard and cant wait to work with even more children in the coming year.

Ash Brace

From Rock Bottom to World Champion

January 2018

Read the inspiring story of Empire Fighting Chance ambassador Lee Selby who overcame adversity and heartache to become champion of the world.

Remarkable story of Lee Selby

Selby IBF Champ

Shiren Represents Empire as an Ambassador in This Girl Can Campaign

November 2017

Empire Fighting Chance are proud to welcome our first full time female coach and youth worker, Shiren to the team. Shiren comes from Singapore and ha studied at Bristol University gaining a masters in psychology, she also has a passion for the sport of boxing having competed at international level. Watch below to see Shiren’s unique story about her first experience with boxing and representing women in the sport.

Free Non-Contact Boxing Sessions In Avonmouth

August 2017

Empire are proud to announce that professional boxer Tyler Davies will be running non-contact boxing sessions at Smelters Boxing Gym in Avonmouth from 1st August 2017. The sessions will be free to all young people aged 10+ and take place every Tuesday and Thursday evenings 3.45pm-5.15pm.

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Empire Summer Holiday Programme 2017

June 2017

Empire Fighting Chance are hosting our annual summer drop in programme for all young people across Bristol over the Summer Holidays.

We will be running free to attend multi sports activity sessions on weekdays from 10.30am-12pm & 2pm-4pm at The Mill starting on Monday 24th July through until Friday 1st September.

Multi-Sports will include non contact boxing, basketball, football, touch rugby, martial arts and drama. We will also be staging team building events such as tent building and orienteering.

We welcome primary and secondary aged young people from 8 upwards.

Empire have had great success with the summer programme in previous years, attracting lots of young people from around the city.

If you have any further questions don’t hesitate to contact us on 0117 949 6699Boxing Summer Holidays Flyer 2017 - 3-1 (002)

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Empire Fighting Chance Win Charity Of The Year

May 2017

Empire Fighting Chance are celebrating winning Charity of The Year at the inaugural Bristol Life Awards 2017. Empire were finalists alongside a number of other fantastic charities including The Grand Appeal, Penny Brohn UK and Above and Beyond and as such winning the award was a pleasant surprise in what is rapidly becoming a very exciting year. 

As well as continuing to positively impact the lives of thousands of young people through their specially developed programmes in Bristol they have also started to scale across South Wales.  Pilot projects in Merthyr Tydfil, Barry and Monmouth have all produced excellent results.

The judging panel said:

“Such a superb charity, reaching parts of society that need it. Empire Fighting Chance are really making an enduring impact on Bristol.”

CEO of Empire, Martin Bisp was delighted to receive the award on behalf of the charity.

“I feel humbled to have won the award and it came as a shock. It is a brilliant achievement to be recognised for the work that we are doing with young people and the progress we have made as an organisation over the past few years is outstanding. Every day we make a real impact on the lives of disadvantaged young people and, as we continue to grow and develop, we will keep this ethos at the heart of everything we do. I am proud of everyone associated with Empire Fighting Chance.”


EFC Easter Holiday Programme 2017

April 2017


easter programme

Empire Hosts Easter Activities Programmes at The Mill

Following the fantastic success of our Summer programme in 2015/2016 Empire Fighting Chance have opened their doors in efforts to keep children off the streets of Easton & St. Paul’s. Through taking part in sport-based activities children are encouraged to attend every week day over the Easter period, fully free of charge.

The programme is funded by Bristol Youth & Community Action (BYCA) with the aim to help break down barriers between children from different areas and ethnic groups in Bristol. Also to help them build their confidence by improving levels of fitness and giving them the opportunity to socially interact with children of similar ages as well as reducing the risk of involvement in anti-social behaviour.

The programme comprises of Boxing and Multi Sports sessions taken by the professional coaches at EFC. The programme is open to everyone and there is no need to book just bring the young people to the Empire Fighting Chance, The Mill, Easton, BS5 0YJ. Sessions will run from 2pm – 4pm.

Call 0117 949 6699 for more details.

Educational Success In South Wales

March 2017

National award winning charity, Empire Fighting Chance (EFC), are working with schools and local authorities across South Wales to create one of the country’s most exciting new partnerships. 

Empire, for whom current Welsh boxing world champion Lee Selby is an ambassador, run programmes specifically designed to increase education or employment opportunities, especially for those currently struggling to engage with either.

They also run programmes for people suffering from Mental Health problems and were showcased at the MIND conference at Wembley as one the country’s most innovative mental health intervention programmes. 

Jamie Parry, the EFC programme manager from Monmouth, said ” The progress made by the young people across South Wales has been fantastic, using boxing to help them re-engage with their schooling is a model that we have been using for some time. It is testament to the desire of the local authorities and schools in Wales to make a difference that they have implemented programmes so quickly. It looks as though South Wales will soon be starting to lead to way.”

Lee Selby said “ I have known about EFC for some time and are amazed by what they do and the results they achieve. I like to drop into sessions to see the difference in the young people, I truly think they are an inspirational organisation.”

The Youth Engagement and Progression Officer for Vale of Glamorgan Council Nisha Shukla commented on the programme that trialled for 20 weeks in Barry; “The programme has shown incredible outcomes such as increased attendance, improved motivation. It has raised aspirations for young people, it has also improved relationships and reduced anti-social behaviour.”


The results of the programme showed a number of positive outcomes for the schools involved; increased attendance, reduced behavioural incidents and a boost in confidence and self-esteem were all reported. Summary of results below:

100% Say they now feel more positive about the future

90% say they now feel more able to co-operate with others

82% say they are happier

82% say they are more likely to respect rules

73% say they are more motivated

Boxing That Works – Employability Programme

January 2017

‘Boxing That Works’ was run and delivered by Empire Fighting Chance in partnership with Bron Afon Housing, the programme is a national award winning non-contact boxing scheme that is underpinned by intensive mentoring and personal development. Work is focussed on young people with social, emotional and behavioural needs that lack ambition and drive. The project caters for young people 16-25 that are currently Not in Education, Training or Employment delivering a focussed employment programme that raises confidence, aspirations and motivations of participants.

Outcomes from the programme showed that 87% of ‘Boxing That Works’ participants entered employment, education or further training opportunities. 92% of participants report feeling more confident in themselves after completing the programme. The full report can be found below:

Boxing That Works – Report

Empire Meet Morrisions

December 2016

Staff from Empire Fighting Chance along with MP Charlotte Leslie made the short trip to Morrisons supermaket in Fishponds in order to thank them for their kind support through the Morrisons Foundation. The charitable foundation supports charities that help improve people’s lives and were generous enough to make a donation to EFC for the work that we have done in helping people with mental health challenges.


Empire Become Approved Alternative Education Provider

November 2016

Empire have been successful in becoming an approved provider on the alternative education framework for Bristol City and South Gloucestershire Councils.  We are now part of a select list of providers across the region that schools can choose from to provide alternative provision to their students.

EFC are now accepting referrals for the alternative education programme. Delivery of daily sessions will take place on site at our state of the art facility The Mill, Easton creating a safe environment where young people are listened to and valued. We will offer schools a programme of sports, personal development, ASDAN accredited courses combined with mentoring and behavioural support for Key Stage 3 and 4 students. We will be working towards achieving Ofsted outcomes to help young people improve their school attendance, raise their aspirations, increase self-discipline and reduce anti-social behaviour.

Our priority is to support pupils to make the transition back into mainstream education, providing them with the required skills and resilience to cope with school life on a daily basis. We also offer additional pathways into after school and holiday programmes and possible inclusion into our funded engagement programmes.

Empire Fighting Chance in Easton, Bristol, August 2016

Empire Fighting Chance in Easton, Bristol, August 2016

Champion Of The Month

November 2016

Empire Fighting Chance would like to welcome Sarah as our champion of the month. She is enjoying her one to one sessions and is excited about continuing her mentoring programme. So far Sarah has shown a fantastic attitude in her work and positivity towards her training. We hope that Sarah continues with this and completes her mentoring programme with flying colours.

Empire Welcome Michael Fuller

November 2016

Empire Fighting Chance are extremely pleased to introduce Michael Fuller, the newest member of the team.
Michael’s takes on the role as Head of Partnerships, working strategically with our co-founders providing the necessary fundraising skills to continue the growth of EFC.
He has recently moved from London with his wife Charlie and their two children and has extensive experience of working within the nonprofit sector.
Previously he has managed global projects for Save the Children (including the $2bn Every One campaign across 65 countries) and Action Aid before founding and leading a new grant giving organisation called The Foundation.


Empire Expand Into South Wales

October 2016

Empire have began working with young people across South Wales in the first stage of our expansion into new areas of need across the UK. Our coaches are currently delivering sessions to targeted young people in the three key areas of Merthyr Tydfil, Barry and Cwmbran. We are working with over 80 young people per week as part of this project and have formed partnerships with local organisations including Primary Schools, EOTAS Centres, Secondary Schools and local housing associations.
The pilot projects have been running since September and the long term aim is to solidify our position in Wales with a full time team working across the most in need areas in the region.



Gio Nominated For Young Volunteer Of The Year

October 2016

Gio Davino was nominated for the Young Volunteer Of The Year Award at the Wesport Awards last week which he attended with his coach and mentor Jamie.

Gio began attending Empire following an incident at school and was placed on the EFC one to one mentoring programme which he attended every Friday morning. Gio showed a fantastic attitude from the day one and although he was very mild mannered he was always quick to volunteer to help out the staff during the day and younger people in the junior sessions. Fast forward 6 months and Gio has now achieved his Junior Boxing Leaders award, volunteered many hours of his time helping to coach the younger members of Empire and also given up his weekends to help set up professional boxing shows in Bristol all through a love of the sport. We are very grateful to Gio for all of his hard work and his wonderful attitude and politeness whoever he is around.gio


Empire Fighting Chance is a charity and a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales. Charity No. 1156690 Company No. 8752389. Registered office The Mill, Lower Ashley Road, Easton, Bristol, BS5 0YJ