The Boxing Academy started life as a small community project in a boxing gym in Tottenham. It was registered as a charity in 2007 and, with the support of Gladesmore Community School, opened its doors to 12 students in the first year. They studied a reduced curriculum of English and Maths GCSE, and a BTEC in Sport. 

    Anna Cain was appointed Chief Executive in 2009 and in 2010 she opened a new provision in our current site on Hackney Grove. Unfortunately we were forced to close the Tottenham site in 2012 after a search for suitable premises in Haringey was unsuccessful. As the Academy grew to the current 48 students the curriculum expanded to 5 GCSEs and results improved year on year. The Academy was registered as an Independent School in 2014 and became an AP Free School in May 2017. 

    Since 2010 the Boxing Academy has been the grateful beneficiary of support from many funders, including Comic Relief, the Stone Family Foundation and Garfield Weston Foundation. It has received a number of national awards:

    2011:  Education Award: Centre for Social Justice 

    2014:  Community Sport Project of the Year: Pride of Sport Awards

    2015:  Best Newcomer Award (2-49 employees): Investors in People

    2016:  Education and Training: The Charity Awards

    2017:  Alternative Provision School of the Year: Tes Awards

    2020:  Youth Development Award: Sport and Recreation Alliance


    It is one of my biggest fears as a mother — that my children will go off on the wrong track or something will happen and my relationship with them will break down. So it is good to know that there is a support system via organisations like the Boxing Academy where young people can go and get help.”

    Emma Willis, visiting the Boxing Academy for Comic Relief