Empire Fighting Chance delivers the largest non-contact boxing programme for schools in the UK. We work with primary schools, secondary schools and alternative providers across the South West of England and South Wales. We also provide specialist alternative provision for students at risk of permanent exclusion.

We deliver high quality sports and personal development interventions for young people with multiple complex issues that prevent them from engaging in education.

We have over 15 years’ experience of working with education providers. We offer the following programmes for students who are at risk of permanent exclusion and/or experience low self-esteem and confidence:

  • Group non-contact boxing, mentoring and personal development programme
  • 1:1 non-contact boxing, mentoring and personal development programme
  • Alternative education programme of sport, personal development, key skills and multiple AQA-accredited awards

Our priority is to support students to transition into mainstream education, or prevent exclusion from school. Our programmes provide students with the skills and resilience to cope with the challenges of everyday school life. We also offer pathways into our other services, including BoxTherapy and BoxCareers.


Box Champions

A programme that combines boxing, mentoring and psychological support to give young people skills, knowledge and inspiration to make positive changes in their lives

Delivered in small groups (4-6 young people) or in a one-to-one session, once a week for a 10-12 week programme.

Box Therapy

A pioneering therapeutic approach that features a therapist seamlessly weaving therapy into a boxing session to help young people to manage feelings, behaviours and situations

Delivered in small group (4-6 young people) or in a one-to-one session once a week for a 10-12 week programme.

Box Careers

Integrates boxing with a range of careers activities to support young people on their journey into work and a healthier, brighter future.

Delivered in small group (4-6 young people) or in a one-to-one session once a week for a 10-12 week programme.


Our programmes help to achieve several Ofsted/Estyn outcomes, including:

  • Increased achievement of students at the school
  • Improved behaviour and safety of students
  • Improved moral and social-cultural development of students

Other proven benefits of our programmes include: 

  • Improved school attendance
  • Improved behavioural issues
  • Reduced disruptive behaviour
  • Increased confidence and self esteem
  • Higher aspirations and motivation

You can see our outstanding results on our Impact page.

“Of the last group of students working with Empire, nine of them could have been excluded 10 times over. But they have all gone onto better things. They could have been excluded and been out on the streets. Instead they’re in college now, with some studying construction and engineering. It’s been a great partnership between Empire and our school, and if it wasn’t for them, the kids I had last year would probably have ended up behind bars or doing nothing at all. They have supported the school and we’re supporting them. It’s a great partnership.”

Secondary School Teacher

“We have a lot of therapeutic supports in our school. The difference between those and Empire is that when they’ve been physically active, they’re [young people are] much more able to talk about their emotional state in a relaxed and safe way and that has been the biggest change so far.”

Christian Lang, Assistant Head

If you would like to find out more about how we could support your school, and prices for our programmes, please contact School Liaison Officer, Ally Britton, on ally@empirefightingchance.org or 0117 244 2372.