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Grantee: Empire Fighting Chance

  • South West

Website: http://www.empirefightingchance.org/

Provider: Good Economy Partnership



Summary of project:

Empire Fighting Chance exists to tackle issues faced by vulnerable young people in deprived communities and help them turn their lives around. We do so using a powerful combination of non-contact boxing and intensive individual support.

Our story began in 2008 when founders Martin Bisp and Jamie Sanigar spotted two young men dealing drugs close to their boxing gym in Easton, Bristol. Trying to tackle their behaviour, they invited them to a training session. Both enjoyed it and the following week turned up with a few more friends. Within six weeks there were fifty young people attending sessions five nights a week.

In 2012 we evaluated our work and it showed that boxing was not enough for the type of young person we worked with to change their situation. So we introduced an intensive personalised programme of support focused on education, wellbeing and employability to address the root causes stopping young people from realising their potential. We became a registered charity in 2013 and now inspire 200 young people at our state of the art gym. Our success in Bristol encouraged us to begin working in nearby South Wales, where we are currently piloting our programme in four locations.

We need an Impact Management Framework that is appropriate for us as we embark upon our journey from a small, local charity to a larger national charity.