Project information

New Fight for Peace Academy in London

Fight for Peace is currently running at full capacity. We desperately need to move into a larger building to accommodate the increasing demand for our services. We have been offered a building by The Mayor of Newham but we have to refurbish it before we can move in.

January 2012 - August 2012

Charity information

Fight for peace

Fight for peace
  • Need


    There is a big need for FFP to be able to work with more young people with the increase of youth crime.

    Newham’s Crime & Disorder Reduction Partnership Performance Report 2010/11 identified that in April – August 2010 compared with April – August 2009 serious knife crime in Newham increased by 13.1%, gun crime by 130% and serious youth violence by 9.9%. Nearly one third of ‘most serious violence’ crimes involved an offender aged 10-19 and nearly one in four a youth victim


    Fight for Peace has developed a prevention and rehabilitation model to confront the problem of child and youth participation in crime, gangs and violence within disadvantaged communities, this is done through our integrated approach known as the ‘five pillars’ model. This includes:

    1.Boxing & Martial Arts training and competition
    2.Personal Development & Education, such as numeracy and literacy
    3.Youth Support Services (mentoring & case work)
    4.Job training
    5. Youth Leadership

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Sports participation within Fight for Peace is increased and more young people are taking part.


    » We will increase our outreach to young people within schools by doing assemblies and building relationships with new schools.
    » We will continue to build relationships with Social Services, the Youth Offending team and other organisations.
    » We will increase the sports that we have on offer. Currently we have Boxing and Muay Thai, we will start to offer Judo and Mixed Martial Arts.

    Success will be 850 young people being involved within sports on a regular basis at the new London Fight for Peace academy throughout the year.

    Aim 2

    More young people will have the opportunity to gain nationally recognised qualifications.


    » All young people doing sports will have a quarterly 1-1, which will pick up those who could be referred to our Pathways education programme.
    » Working with Social Services and the Youth Offending team to identify young people who will benefit from Pathways and then for them to refer to us.
    » Increasing classroom space at new academy will mean we are able to take more young people on to the Pathways education programme.

    Success will be increasing our Pathways course from two module one courses a year to four courses a year. Also increasing module two from one course per year to two courses a year

    Aim 3

    More young people are less involved or are less likely to be involved in gang and youth violence.


    » All young people on the sports programme will be involved in personal development sessions where they will learn and discuss issues around youth crime
    » Work with young people through our support services to help them resolve issues which keep them in crime or tempt them into crime.

    Success will be through our annual survey of the young people that more than 70% (figure based on last year’s survey) are less likely to be involved in crime.

  • Impact


    By having a new larger academy will mean that we will be able to work with more young people. In a time when there are a lot of cut backs this project will bring life to a community where there is little provision for recreational activities, learning, and employment opportunities. Success will mean having a pass rate of over 70% in our education programme, over 70% of young people say they are less likely to be involved in crime and over 80% say they are less likely to carry a weapon


    There is a risk that the building is not ready by August 2012 in time for the Olympics this will not affect the work we do as we will continue to work from our current academy. We have also built good relationships with contractors and architects who are offering pro bono support to us for this project, they will advise us throughout the project and project manage it for us.
    Fundraising takes longer than anticipated, again we will continue from current location.


    We will keep donors updated on the progress through our website, updates will be sent directly to them via email or mail. All donors will be invited to the opening as well as events throughout the year. All donors will get a report 1 year after the opening.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £2,153,570

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      Amount Heading Description
      £116,000 Demolitions and alterations To make the building structurally sound and to rearrange some rooms to make the work for us.
      £1,113,431 Main refurbishment work Painting, flooring, alarms, bathrooms, windows, electrics
      £200,000 Renewables Fixtures, furnishing and equipment
      £226,380 Main contractors fees Preliminaries, profit and overheads
      £267,019 Project Contingency For unexpected costs
      £230,740 Professional costs Architects, surveyors, solicitors

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    ICAP £500,000 Conditional
  • Background


    The reason the London Borough of Newham was chosen to replicate the FFP model was because in 2007, gun and knife crime affected young people collectively in Newham more than anywhere else in London. Of the 27 young people killed in adolescent-on-adolescent violence, four were from Newham, more than any other borough. Also at the time, Newham had a high level of youth crime, resulting in a workload for the YOT (Youth Offending Team) that is 52% above the London average.


    Young people between the ages of 11-23 will benefit from the project. The local community will also benefit as there will be a boost for young people to gain employment as well as qualifications. It will also help young people to be involved in something positive rather than hanging around on the streets. Newham has a very low employment rate at just 56.2% - the lowest of any London borough, and significantly below the average rate for London of 62.7%.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    •Since FFP was founded, over five thousand children and young people have been directly supported by the project.
    •In 2005 FFP constructed a 700m2 purpose built Sports and Education Centre in Rio de Janeiro.
    •In 2006 FFP underwent a successful external evaluation by the UN. An Exert from the final report included: " shown during this study, the Fight for Peace project demonstrates efficiency, quality and effectiveness in primary prevention of violence and criminality." (pg139)

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Luke Dowdney MBE

    Luke founded FFP in Rio de Janeiro in 2000. He is the Director of Fight for Peace.

    Marigold Ride

    Marigold is the London Academy Manager; she oversees all aspects of the running of the academy.

    Emma McGuigan

    Emma will be looking after the funding and reporting of the project. She will also be looking after all media relating to the project.

    Nigel Hartley

    Construction Director, Big Yellow Company. Nigel will be offering pro bono advice on the projects management.