Fight for Peace and partners recognised at the 2018 StreetGames Awards

22/03/2018 – Fight for Peace has won a Matt Kendall Award at the 2018 StreetGames Conference and Awards, held in Daventry, UK. The Matt Kendall Award recognises organisations that make a significant difference to the lives of young people by listening and responding to their needs, with an emphasis on youth development and leadership.

Fight for Peace partner organisation, Pat Benson Boxing Academy, was also recognised at the ceremony, receiving the Mental Health and Wellbeing Award for their acclaimed Mind Fit programme, while Fight for Peace’s Sports Coordinator, Steve O’Keeffe was nominated and shortlisted for the prestigious Coach of the Year Award.

Deimante, a Youth Councillor, and Jawany, an elite athlete at the London Academy, spoke in support of Fight for Peace’s nominations.

“The difference that Fight for Peace makes is that it gives young people the opportunity to develop and unlock their potential by seeking and finding their talents. Fight for Peace builds young people and young people are the future”, explained Deimante.

Speaking on the impact his coach has had on his development, Jawany said: “As well as being a great coach, Steve is very motivational and inspirational, he always puts the time and effort into each and every one of his students. Personally he has helped me a lot inside and outside of the gym, he motivates me and the rest of my training partners to do better, and be better.”

StreetGames, whose mission is to maximise the power of sport to change young lives and to change disadvantaged communities, supports Fight for Peace’s female only programmes as well as the organisation’s Summer Twilight course. The StreetGames Conference and Awards is held annually and gathers representatives from the organisation’s over 900 network partners from across the UK.

Reflecting on the event, Fight for Peace Head of Programmes (London), Jacob Whittingham said: “We are deeply honoured to receive the Matt Kendall Award which is recognition of the tireless work our staff and young people do each and every day. I am equally pleased that the incredible work of our partners, The Pat Benson Boxing Academy, has been highlighted. The event also gives us the opportunity to celebrate the dedication of our Sports Coordinator Steve O’Keeffe, and the impact of his work on the young people we serve.”