Funding For Girls Via Sweaty Betty Foundation & Fighting Chance Foundation

26/09/2022 in News & Updates

Fighting Chance Foundation has been approached by the Sweaty Betty Foundation to put forward and support candidates to apply for their Winter Active Grant. This is an incredible opportunity for girls ages 10-18 yrs to come up with ideas for girl-led projects to get girls active.

Please circulate the attached flyer to girls in your club and let us know if anyone is interested, we also attach the guidance form to show what will be required and how the process will work.

You will need to have your Club Colours approved in order to apply for this funding – There is a deadline of 12th October so we need to act fast.

The brief from Sweaty Betty…

Sweaty Betty Foundation’s mission is to support girls aged 10-18 to get active, and stay active, for life. We know that teenage girls are creative, determined and know their own minds, which is why we are keen to hear about girl-led projects that get more girls active.

We are inviting girls, supported by organisations, to pitch their ideas to our panel of investors. We are looking for girl-led ideas for physical activities that will run over the winter of 2022. The projects should support girls aged 10 to 18 who don’t do much activity right now, especially those who don’t do any physical activity outside PE lessons.

We will fund equipment, travel, food, venue and activity and insurance costs. We want girls to tell us what they need, and what they think needs to happen to get other girls, and themselves, more active regularly. The project must take place at least once a week for a minimum of ten weeks. The project can start any time from early November and must be complete by the end of April 2023.

We they want to know…

  • What the project is, who will benefit, how many would girls do you think will take part?
  • How will you encourage girls, especially those who aren’t very active, to join the programme?
  • How have you/will you decide what activities to run?
  • How will the sessions be planned, led and evaluated?
  • How will you make sure everyone is feeling involved and having fun and feeling safe? How could sessions be adapted?
  • What you will spend the money on?
  • Tell us if there is anything you think could get more girls involved (e.g. specialist instructors, having the activities linked to a qualification)
  • How will this activity, or another activity, be able to continue after grant has been spent (e.g. will you spend any on qualifications to enable it to continue or will you find other funding for it?)

There will be more applications than funding so really think about how you can show your project is distinctive and led by girls, well thought and planned and will really help less active girls get more active.

How much can clubs apply for?

Up to £2,000. It does not have to be matched with other funds, however it should make a significant difference to the project taking place and not simply be part of a larger project. The grant needs to be spent by 30 April 2023.

Who is eligible to apply?

Girls have to be supported by a constituted group with a previously agreed governing document, which must have their own bank account. Any funds awarded will be restricted to the girl-led project and they will require proof of spend for every item.

What will they not fund?

  • Projects that have already started
  • Day to day running costs of an organisation not linked to project
  • Political activities
  • Animal beneficiaries. Projects can certainly involve animals e.g. horse-riding, but the sole beneficiary needs to be teenage girls
  • Private businesses
  • Activities where individuals benefit financially

How will they choose who to fund?

Sweaty Betty really want girls to have the chance to present their ideas so will be choosing the projects to fund via a virtual ‘Dragons’ Den’ event with the support of the Foundation’s main partner, the activewear company Sweaty Betty. Most of the Dragons will actually be girls who won funding in our first event in May and will be really friendly!

The process will be;

4 October Session with partner organisations so Sweaty Betty can answer any questions about the process
12 October Deadline for submitting applications

Your application will then be looked at by a small advisory group. We may call you to make sure your application is eligible and meets Sweaty Betty Foundation criteria and is ready to go

17 October Sweaty Betty will let you know if you have been successful in getting through to the Dragons’ Den
21 October Presentation training session so you feel really confident to present on the day including:

–          How to plan and structure your presentation

–          Think about key presentation messages, what makes a good story and how to present it

–          Tips on controlling nerves

–          Discuss project ideas with others

–          Rehearse presentation

At least one girl from each group must attend the presentation session


27 October

(half term)

“Dragons’ Den” event held between 1pm and 3.30pm

–          At the meeting you will be invited to present for no more than 5 minutes about your project, and why it should be funded

–          The friendly Dragons will then ask questions (not hard ones) about the project to help the audience know more about your project.

–          The Dragons will include girls who were successful in the last event and Sweaty Betty and Foundation staff and trustees

–          The audience of Sweaty Betty staff will then be invited to vote. The projects with the most votes will get funded

Knife Crime & Youth Violence Awareness Course For Martial Arts In The Works

01/09/2022 in News & Updates

Today our senior management team had the privilege of sitting down with Lucinda Nicholls of Nicholls & Nicholls. Founded in 2016, Nicholls & Nicholls is a defence law firm in London that provides bespoke, expert advice and assistance to individuals and companies who are subject to police investigations, prosecutions and regulatory issues. We are a small firm with a big heart, and our passion for justice and the right result form the foundation of our work. We’ve been lucky enough to be partnered with Lucinda and her team since 2022 and her expert insight into use of force, knife crime and youth violence has been an incredible source of knowledge for both #DitchTheBlade and #PunchLikeAGirl. 

We’ve been in London filming extensively for a new course and webinar on Youth Violence, Knife Crime & Use of Force for martial arts, and we will now begin putting together content and editing up the shoot. This will be made available to instructors who wish to further their knowledge on this subject area as part of their CPD via our partner’s at the British Martial Arts & Boxing Association.

Please keep an eye on our Facebook for further updates as and when this resource becomes available.

Fighting Chance Foundation Lottery For Tickets To The 2022 European Taekwondo Championships

21/04/2022 in News & Updates

Taking place at the Manchester Regional Arena, home of the British Taekwondo, from 19-22 May 2022 the event is being hosted in partnership with UK Sport, Manchester City Council and British Taekwondo.

Around 400 athletes from over 40 European nations are expected to compete in the event which will see Para Taekwondo fully integrated into the schedule for the first time. The biggest stars of GB Taekwondo and Para-Taekwondo are all aiming to qualify including the likes of Jade Jones, Bianca Walkden, Bradly Sinden, Lutalo Muhammad, Lauren Williams and Beth Munro.

We have 4 tickets for 1 instructor and 3 students to go to the 2022 European Taekwondo Championships, kindly donated by British Taekwondo.  These Premium tickets are for the Thursday or Friday sessions only (Thursday all day ticket or Friday 1 session only) and will offer seats opposite the main show ring with a good view of the two outer show rings in action, the best in the house!

To win these fantastic tickets and to support the Fighting Chance Foundation we’re inviting entries to our lottery draw.





If you do not win and still want to go, British Taekwondo has also offered all BMABA members discounted Premium tickets.  Please contact the BMABA Office if you’re a member for more information and for your discount.


Entry is £4 for a chance to win 4 tickets (rrp with even with a BMABA discount is £30). You will need to be 16yrs and over to enter. Terms and conditions apply. For more information on the official event please here.

We’re Back, And We’re On A Mission

15/09/2021 in News & Updates


As the UK entered into its first national lockdown during March 2020 our fledgeling Foundation, then just over a year old, had to abruptly stop our public-facing operations. Overnight we switched from proactively working with clubs to deliver our programmes in pilot testing to shutting the doors on any new engagement and any further referrals. It was devastating. Continue reading »