Empire Fighting Chance


Empire delivers the largest non-contact boxing schools programme in the UK working with both Primary and Secondary schools in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Somerset.  We provide specialist alternative provision for students at risk of permanent exclusion and a wide range of sport/mentoring programmes targeting those young people with low self-esteem and confidence issues.

EFC have been operating since 2007 and work with around 200 young people each week.  We can deliver in schools or from our gym based in central Bristol.

We are able to offer:

  • On-site school sessions to fit around lesson times
  • Half-day/Full day alternative education programmes
  • Sessions at our gym in St Paul’s, Bristol
  • One to One sports/mentoring programmes
  • Sports Leaders Awards (Age 13+)

Our Alternative Education programme in partnership with St. Matthias PRU run up to a 12 week period. A maximum of six students engage for 25 hours per week and gain specialist attention in core areas Maths, ICT, English as well as dedicated mentoring and sports provision.

The programmes directly relate to a number of Ofsted Outcomes. Working with Empire has:

  • Increased achievement of pupils at the school
  • Improved the behaviour and safety of pupils
  • Improved the pupils’ moral and social cultural development

The programmes offer a combination of sport for engagement whilst using mentoring and behaviour management tools to get the young person to understand their behaviour and its consequences.

Working with Empire:

  • Raises academic performance
  • Improves school attendance
  • Improves behavioural issues
  • Reduces disruptive behaviour
  • Increases confidence
  • Increase self esteem
  • Raises aspiration
  • Raises participation in school life

We can offer pathway strategies for those wishing to take their interest in the sport further.

General Statistics across our entire programme show that:

  • 89% of young people taking part in this programme remained in education after our intervention.
  • 96% were more confident after the session
  • 90% made new friends
  • 98% felt fitter and better about themselves

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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