20/11/2017 –  Fight for Peace partner organisation Transformación Social, A.C. (TRASO) has won the Communities Award at the inaugural Beyond Sport Mexico Awards, held in Mexico City. This prestigious award recognises the impact of TRASO’s CAPAZ, Campeones de la Paz programme, which empowers young people aged 7 to 11 and their families by combining boxing training with psychological group therapy, citizenship classes, human rights and parenting skills training.

TRASO, which joined Fight for Peace’s Global Network of partner organisations in 2015, recently commemorated four years of delivering services in one of Mexico City’s most deprived communities. While the organisation began as a platform for helping those in need through a diverse range of ad hoc programmes, its partnership with Fight for Peace, following completion of the Global Alumni Programme (GAP) in Rio de Janeiro, has served to enhance its impact on young people through the use of boxing combined with education and personal development.

“Being part of the Global Alumni Programme allowed us to focus our strategy, create and implement a new methodology and build new national and international relationships that today mean we are a strong and sustainable organisation”, explained TRASO’s Coordinator, Hector Colin.

The Beyond Sport Mexico Awards, the first gathering of its kind in Mexico, celebrates innovative and ground-breaking sport for development work occurring within the country’s communities. The body is fruit of a unique partnership between the Mexican Chamber of Deputies, Beyond Sport, the World Boxing Council (WBC) and Alazraki Sports and seeks to develop best practices on how Mexico can leverage the power of sport to create and sustain social good within the country.

For TRASO, this receipt of this award represents not only the opportunity to expand its facilities and reach among young people, but also the chance to reflect on the power of partnership which the Fight for Peace Global Network holds as a guiding principle.

“We now have the tools to strengthen and expand our organisation”, said Hector Colin, “and this award is something that will always remind us that together we can achieve more.”