Knocking down
barriers

Fighting
deprivation

Born on
the streets

Transforming young lives

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.

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Jamal’s story

Jamal took part in the 20-week Training with the Champions boxing and mentoring programme, to help to build his confidence and resilience. We also mentored Jamal on nutrition and health. Read Jamal’s story
"When I came to Empire I found more than just a club. I found a family, a community, I found something to be part of. It's more than a home to me than just a ring. I came from a bad place and now I am on the way to sorting out my life - one step at a time."

April’s story

April started with Empire Fighting Chance after a referral from the Bristol Children in Care team. Her goals were to manage her anxiety, to develop and maintain fitness, and to develop confidence and self-esteem.Read April’s story
"Seeing that I can actually do something for a long period of time and actually see myself get better at something that's fun, that’s not a chore, something which actually makes me, like, better and calmer..."

Iestyn’s story

Iestyn was experiencing anger issues at school and at home, struggling to deal with grief - as any young man would - after the tragic loss of his father.Read Iestyn’s story
“I’m definitely more confident. I started rugby again after I joined here. It’s just made my confidence go up so much.”

Our impact in numbers

In 2021 we supported 4,936 young people

84%

are more confident

82%

feel better about themselves

70%

are no longer committing anti-social or criminal acts

77%

feel more able to achieve their goals

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