Box Careers

Box Careers combines non-contact boxing training with careers and education activities to support young people aged 16 to 25 on their journey into learning, training and work.

the programme

We understand that disadvantaged young people can face barriers when it comes to accessing mainstream employability support. That's why we have combined non-contact boxing training with careers and education activities to help them unlock their full potential.

Box Careers provides psychologically informed mentoring and employability support alongside non-contact boxing training to help young people think differently about themselves and their future.

By improving physical and mental health through sport, young people develop a positive attitude towards their career, improve their career planning skills, gain skills for work, and achieve qualifications through Empire Fighting Chance to support their career progression.

The programme opens doors to a range of progression opportunities, such as jobs, apprenticeships, work experience, training, further education and additional employability support.

Our practical careers support is tailored to support individuals to identify their career interests, navigate the job market, and apply for jobs. We also bring things to life by running visits to employers and we use our employer partnerships in Bristol to signpost young people onto relevant progression opportunities.


We are an accredited AQA Awards Centre, delivering training for young people to achieve AQA Awards such as Coaching Boxing Technique, Fitness Coaching, Enterprise Awareness, Fitness Testing, Mental Toughness, Streetwise with Money, and Understanding Careers.

You can browse our AQA Awards catalogue for 2022/23 here

We also offer a Level One Assistant Gym Instructor course in partnership with Systems in Sport, which gives young people a qualification to work in a gym.


Organisations we are currently partnered with, who have provided jobs, work experience, mentoring or workplace visits include:

  • Boston Tea Party
  • Bristol Waste
  • Gloucestershire County Cricket Club
  • Bristol Rovers FC
  • Avon Fire and Rescue

make a referral

To refer a young person to Box Careers, email [email protected]

When you make your referral enquiry, our helpful team will send you a referral form, information about our waiting list and other useful information to inform your decision. 


Box Careers impact

In 2022, 110 young people participated in our Box Careers programme. Of those we worked with...

  • 80%

    are more positive about their future career

  • 86%

    are clearer on what career path to take

  • 90

    individuals earned one or more qualifications through us

  • 58

    individuals progressed into employment, training or further education

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