The Fighting Chance is a sports based community interest company that combines boxing training with individual employability support. On Monday 23 July, in recognition of their ongoing work and support to ex-services personnel, The Fighting Chance signed the Armed Forces Covenant.
Founder Imran Khalil, a qualified boxing tutor, set up the company in 2015. After 20 years working in recruitment and employability he has an in-depth understanding of the barriers faced by people when trying to find work.
The company has already developed positive links with military charities and organisations such as Veterans Aid and Stoll, links which they will be looking to develop and build on in the future. Philip Rogers, Head of Service at Veterans Aid has witnessed the benefits of the programme first hand.
“… the parallels my lads have drawn between the military and the boxing world are powerful – the discipline, the comradery within the group, the demanding fitness regime incorporated into their weekly structure. As a result of completing the programme we’ve seen clients go on into paid work, voluntary work placements, and college courses….”
While the organisations links with the Armed Forces Community are strong, The Fighting Chance is not only for ex-service personnel, but is designed to target those furthest from the labour market.
“We are proud that of those candidates that have completed our programme more than 50% have moved into work in 6 months and close to 70% into work or training.” – Imran Khalil (Founder, The Fighting Chance).
Signing on behalf of the Armed Forces was Lieutenant Colonel David Utting. “It’s a great pleasure for me to sign the covenant today with The Fighting Chance, an organisation that has done so much already to support those leaving the Armed Forces and their integration back in to civilian life.”
The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation that those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, are treated fairly. The Covenant is a national responsibility involving government, businesses, local authorities, charities and the public. It can be adopted by an organisation of any size, and from any field.
To find out more about the Armed Forces Covenant visit https://www.armedforcescovenant.gov.uk/