Getting to a much better place – Laura’s story
Laura (not her actual name) struggled with her attendance at school and had problems at home. She experienced low mood, low self-confidence and feelings of anger. Laura’s clinical psychologist at Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) referred her to Empire Fighting Chance with the support of her school.
Laura’s first Training with the Champions session was spent in the car, which she refused to leave. Over the next few weeks Laura progressed to sessions in the gym and began to build a positive relationship with her coach.
Laura explained that the sessions were making her feel happy as she felt sad a lot of the time. Laura continued to make significant progress. She completed the Amateur Boxing Association of England’s Junior Boxing Organisers Award and even represented Empire Fighting Chance on a visit to the Mayor of Bristol at City Hall.
Her school reported that Laura had improved her attendance and attitude and her mental health was improving. Laura’s dad had this to say about her experience with us: “Laura’s time at Empire Fighting Chance has really played a big part in getting Laura out of her deep depression, to the much better place she’s in today. Her time spent with you all there has been such a great experience for her.”
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