Lottery funds Fight for Peace training programme

Fight for Peace will train other organisations on how to use sport to prevent youth violence after being awarded new National Lottery funding.

Over the next three years, the international NGO will provide training for up to 25 UK-based community organisations who will become members of the 'Fight for Peace Alliance' – a global community of practice working together across 25 countries for peace.

The funding will also allow the international organisation to increase the support it gives to existing Alliance members. By the end of the project, Fight for Peace will have trained over 50 Alliance members in the UK alone and over 170 worldwide.

The National Lottery funding will also see Fight for Peace work with Laureus Sport for Good Foundation to expand and replicate its alternative education ‘Pathways’ programme, which supports young people who have few or no qualifications to gain the skills they need to progress on to further education and training or to enter the job market.

Luke Dowdney, Founder and Director of Fight for Peace, said: "Our mission is to realise the potential of young people by working together with them to prevent violence in their communities.

"In order to reach as many young people as possible around the world, we created the Fight for Peace Alliance, which allows us to share our knowledge with other community based organisations working in violence prevention.

"So far we have trained over 150 organisations around the world and we are delighted that, thanks to the Big Lottery Fund grant, we are now able to expand our Alliance in the UK, supporting more organisations and young people in communities affected by crime and violence, while also furthering the support we offer to those already working with us."

Dawn Austwick, Chief Executive at the Big Lottery Fund, said: “I am delighted that National Lottery funding will support Fight for Peace to work directly with young people to help them to achieve their potential and create a positive future for themselves through the medium of boxing and martial arts.”

Find out more about Fight for Peace on their ConnectSport directory page. To add your organisation to the directory, contact