Our Mission

Imran Khalil, Founder

The mission of The Fighting Chance is to get people into work through sport, boxing training and individual employability support.

The Fighting Chance is determined to get people into work by providing motivational sport and employability programmes for all client groups, particularly those furthest from the labour market. We draw on the benefits of boxing training to engage and inspire while offering personalised support that changes lives.

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I founded the The Fighting Chance after a 20 year career in employability and recruitment. It was a great challenge to help people find work but I discovered there was a lack of support available for people, especially those who were a long way from the labour market.

I developed a passion for boxing after becoming a member of my local club. I experienced at first hand the incredible & positive changes boxing training could deliver and witnessed the progress people made in their lives.

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Our Story

I felt sport and boxing could provide real social value by helping people improve their physical & mental health, and their individual development. I realised the core principles of boxing training: discipline, teamwork & self-control gets people engaged and motivated. So, I set about developing a programme that linked the motivating power of sporting activity and training with intensive and personalised employability support.

I’m proud of the impact The Fighting Chance has had on so many people. We’ve seen them get into paid work, take up job-based training and set up their own businesses. We’ve seen them get to grips with their barriers to finding work.

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Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand

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Nelson Mandela

“The Fighting Chance course was a very motivating and positive experience for me. The training by the boxing coaches was very professional and made me feel much better about myself. I want to thank Imran, his upbeat positive attitude really helped me.”

James W

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