15 year old Londoner Eniola features in a new BT Sport Film which tells the story of an innovative youth initiative in London that is being backed by the broadcaster.
Eniola is a member of the Fight for Peace London Academy and the current London Junior Development Boxing Champion. He initially came to Fight for Peace in 2016, when he joined Targeted Twilights, a programme delivered to school groups which supports the personal development of young people through a combination of boxing, education and mentoring.
After completing a 12-week programme, he returned to Fight for Peace to take part in boxing sessions. He was hugely competitive and energetic and immediately expressed his aspiration to get in the ring and compete.
As a result of the help of his coaches at Fight for Peace, he began to refine his technique and learn to box, becoming the joint youngest boxer to ever represent the organisation in competition.
Along with boxing at Fight for Peace, Eniola receives support with his schoolwork three times a week before he trains, mentoring from Fight for Peace staff, and he is also a member of the organisation’s Youth Council – a group of young people who are involved in decision making at all levels of Fight for Peace, and who are supported to become leaders in their community.
Fight for Peace is an international NGO which is active in Brazil, South Africa, Jamaica and the UK, and in a total of 25 countries around the world through an Alliance of partners trained in its violence prevention methodology. It is supported by a number of organisations including the International Olympic Committee.
Fight for Peace’s mission is to support young people to realise their potential, working with them to prevent violence in their communities. The organisation’s Five Pillars methodology uses non-traditional methods to engage young people where conventional methods aren’t working, offering boxing & martial arts, formal education programmes, employability support, youth support services and youth leadership programmes to young people aged 7-25.
The BT Supporters Club grant will be used to support Fight for Peace to build a cluster of youth organisations across Newham, working in partnership to build capacity in violence prevention.
The Supporters Club (TSC) is BT’s charitable initiative, allowing BT customers to donate as part of the monthly billing process. The money raised is added to The Supporters Club fund which is managed by Comic Relief and helps to fund projects that use sport to change people’s lives. Since it was launched five years ago, The Supporters Club has raised over £8m and helped fund over 70 projects.
The Supporters Club – Fight for Peace, premieres on BT Sport 2 this Sunday 16 Dec at 6.30pm.