Fight for Peace’s global community welcomes seven new members

17/01/2018 – Fight for Peace’s global community of organisations has expanded with the inclusion, last week, of seven new members. The incoming organisations, all of whom work with young people in areas of the United Kingdom affected by high levels of crime and violence, took part in an intensive four day training course at the Fight for Peace London Academy, completing the first phase of the Global Alumni Programme (GAP).

GAP was designed to share Fight for Peace’s methodology with peer organisations around the world and, in doing so, create an alliance of front line actors all using combat sports as the platform for holistic youth violence reduction programming. The programme includes training in the Five Pillar model, drawing on the expertise of Fight for Peace staff members and project learnings systemised and codified at our Academies in Rio de Janeiro and London, and twelve month consultancy to support partner organisations to adapt the model for the local contexts in which they work.

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Since its inception, GAP has trained over 150 organisations from 25 countries around the world. Of these organisations, a total of 84% have strengthened their overall organisational development and sustainability while, collectively, Fight for Peace and its partner organisations are currently reaching over 250,000 young people globally.

“GAP is a central element in our strategy to implement our methodology and reach the greatest number of young people around the world, and we are delighted to welcome seven new partner organisations into our expanding global family. Drawing on the experience gained at our Academies, and the knowledge contained in our global community, our new partners will receive ongoing support to develop their effectiveness and sustainability and build on the incredible work they are already doing in their communities. We are excited at the prospect of working closely with these organisations and learning from each other as we move forward”, said Luke Dowdney MBE, Fight for Peace Founder & Director.

The latest organisations to be welcomed onto GAP are; Gloves Not Gunz (Croydon), Medway Secure Training Centre (Medway, Kent), New Era Boxing (Hemmingwell, East Midlands), New Saints Boxing Club (St Neots, Cambridgeshire), Shudan CIC (East Midlands), Sporting Chance (Newcastle upon Tyne) and The Compound (Hemmingwell, East midlands).