Empire Fighting Chance

We were delighted to make a donation to local charity, Empire Fighting Chance, towards the end of 2016. They are based at the old Mill Youth Centre in BS5 and help engage young people who are struggling at school through non-contact boxing training, mentoring and personal development.

Bristol Spaceworks is a business which was founded to help stimulate employment in BS5 and we were impressed with EFC’s professionalism and support for the young people in their charge, which also incorporates employability skills.

Matt Johnstone, Bristol Spaceworks Chief Executive, said “The work being done by the Empire Fighting Chance team is an inspiration to 100s of young people who live in the area where we run our business. Our Board members were impressed by the scope of their work and impressive record of improving young people’s confidence, mental health and their personal relationships. The impact on young people who were previously not in education or employment is incredible and is a testament to their determination to make a difference. We are delighted to support them.”

Jamie Sanigar, Empire Fighting Chance Co-Founder, said “We would like to thank Bristol Spaceworks for their kind donation and support. It’s a great partnership for both organisations as we share similar values and ethos, Bristol Spaceworks has a great track record of delivering support services to small businesses in the local community.  The donation will help contribute to our ongoing engagement programmes with disadvantaged young people on our one to one intensive mentoring programme and mental health intervention.  The aim of these programmes is to give young people the opportunity to further enhance the lives, progress in education, and gain worthwhile employment.”

Matt Johnstone from Bristol Spaceworks with Jamie Sanigar, Co-Founder of Empire Fighting Chance
Justin Williams from EFC with a group of young learners
Jamie Parry from EFC overseeing a training drill
Justin from EFC and a young learner hitting the books!