Our Boxing & Careers programme supports 16 – 25 year-olds on their journey into training, education or work as well as a healthier, brighter future.

We aim to make every young person who walks through our door leave feeling more optimistic and positive about their future. As well as personalised 1:2:1 sessions, small group and school sessions, we also have exciting opportunities for our young people to learn fundamental skills we believe will help put them in the best stead for their futures.

The three careers programmes we offer young people are:

Heavyweight Hustle

Our entrepreneurial project educates young people on the basics of how to earn money. Participants design a product, produce it and then sell it. During the process, the young people learn basic financial skills such as profit and loss and break-even points.

Local experts in different fields support them on their journey, allowing young people to learn from the best. This is a six-week project, finishing with a business pitch to local experts, giving feedback and hopefully placing orders.

“The Hustle programme has really helped me learn new entrepreneurial skills and put them into practice while being supported by Empire along the way’’. 

Aedan, 16, from Bristol, found work soon after completing this course.

Streetwise with Money

After speaking to young people regarding what they want to learn, a large number told us they wanted to be educated on money management. This four-week programme helps the young people understand budgeting skills, taxes, payslips, bank accounts and how to save and invest money.

This is a light touch and personal programme which is suited to the needs and wants of the young people. Attached to this is the Empire Streetwise with Money AQA Award.

‘‘The course was very insightful and allowed me to understand more about my money and finances.’’

Inna, 16, Bristol

Empire Strength & Conditioning

Professional guest coach Bob Smith shares his expertise with young people teaching them how to coach basic strength and conditioning sessions. He teaches participants how to complete the complex exercises themselves, before teaching how to coach them to others.

This course is aimed at young people looking for a future in sport or sports coaching. It teaches them the basics of coaching and how to build a rapport with athletes. Attached to the course is the EFC Strength & Conditioning AQA Award.

“The careers support [from Empire] has given me a form of employment, integrity, and better capabilities in general for self-motivation. I now have the capability to do what I need to do, even if I do not want to do it.’’

Archie, 18, Bristol

To find out more about any of our career offerings, or to make a referral, please contact Chris Gale, on chris@empirefightingchance.org.