We are determined to achieve greater impact for young people across the UK.

Our vision is for boxing clubs around the country to be delivering our boxing and intensive personal support programmes, to challenge and inspire young people to realise their unique potential and transform their lives.

In 2016, we scaled our work to South Wales, establishing ourselves across the region. The results from our Welsh programme over the past six years have proven that our work can be delivered successfully in multiple locations.

We are now ready to intensify our expansion efforts, with a focus on scaling our Training with the Champions 20-week programme. We have chosen to do this through local amateur boxing clubs.

Boxing clubs are often based in deprived neighbourhoods and offer the right setting to deliver our programmes for young people affected by social and economic inequality. In September 2021 we launched a partnership with England Boxing, who are helping us to identify suitable clubs to partner with.

Over 20 boxing clubs have already submitted applications to join our programme, including clubs from Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle. In March 2022 we successfully delivered our first training programme to six boxing clubs.

We will work with boxing clubs that can demonstrate they have:

  • A commitment to delivering our work and forming a partnership. We are looking for clubs that want to become more than an amateur boxing club and have a social impact in their local community
  • A cultural fit with Empire Fighting Chance, to ensure a strong partnership 
  • The right foundations – particularly facilities, staff, safeguarding, and a healthy financial position
  • A strong reputation and credibility in their local area
  • Experience of working with vulnerable groups of young people

We will offer boxing clubs a free, intensive two-day training programme at our state-of-the-art gym in Bristol. We cover the costs of accommodation, dinner and travel expenses for those taking part.  We will then provide ongoing, tailored support to partners, recognising that different clubs are at different stages of development.

Thanks to funding from The October Club, we will also offer grants to a small number of boxing clubs each year. We will prioritise boxing clubs that have demonstrated the strongest potential to deliver our work at scale, but lack capacity to achieve their goals.

By 2025, we aim to:

  1. Operate across multiple regions in the UK, prioritising the South West, North East, North West and South East of England, and Wales
  2. Work alongside 25 boxing clubs to deliver our programmes in their deprived neighbourhoods
  3. Triple the number of young people we reach each year to 15,000

Is your club interested in partnering with Empire Fighting Chance to change young lives in your area?

To learn more about our free training programme in partnership with England Boxing, please complete an expression of interest form. Or, for more information, please contact Aaron Morten, Growth and Development Manager, at aaron@empirefightingchance.org

Watch England Boxing‘s film about our training day in March: