Young people growing up in disadvantaged communities today face huge challenges. Their struggle to deal with major social issues such as family breakdown, unemployment, drug abuse and crime often leaves them feeling angry and powerless, with no hope of change.
Fight 4 Change is fighting to change that; fighting to help young people raise their aspirations and change their lives for the better.
From my own background and experience in martial arts and boxing, I know how important support and encouragement is in changing young people’s lives. The impact my own coaches had on me was immense. They believed in me and became my role models and mentors. They changed the course of my life for good.
At Fight 4 Change, we work with young people from some of the most deprived areas in the country. We use our boxing and sports sessions to give them a safe environment and an escape from what’s happening on the street or at home. For once, they feel a sense of belonging and self-worth in a positive environment. With guidance from coaches and mentors, they set goals for themselves for the first time, gaining accreditations and employment and giving back to their communities and to society.
Fight 4 Change was set up to give young people a fighting start. We are fighting to change young people’s lives through sport, and we will continue to fight to give our young people a better future.