EDMONTON EAGLES HISTORY
Edmonton Eagles Amateur Boxing Club was formed in June 2004 as an initiative of the Club's President Penny Efstathiou, who saw the potential to really impact the area, especially the young people in a positive and dynamic way. Penny, along with Head Coach Dr. Evangelou and a team of dedicated volunteers opened for classes at Claverings Community Centre, holding two evening sessions a week. The Borough Commander for Enfield at that time, Simon O'Brien, shared the vision for the club and the police helped pay for a boxing ring and equipment.
Dr. Costakis Evangelou MBE Head Coach
In July 2005 the club moved to the Edmonton Leisure Centre, the police again providing the funding to fully convert an area of the Leisure Centre into a self-contained boxing club, following this the club membership quickly grew at this central location. Sadly after around 18 months a new base had to be quickly identified, as the closure of the Edmonton Leisure Centre was imminent. The pavilion, now known as the Heart of Edmonton Community Centre, on Montagu Road, was identified and transformed to house the boxing club and in the middle of January 2007 the club opened for its first classes. The club’s standing in the community and the tremendous affect it was having amongst young people was the determining factor in getting the building. Council leaders, Borough Commanders, Andy Love MP all helped to champion the club’s cause for use of the building.
This new location housed 2 large rooms dedicated to allow the club to train greater numbers and provide improved training facilities than was possible at the smaller area in the Edmonton Leisure Centre. The club is now well known at its new base and holds classes 5 nights a week plus numerous day time session’s. This previously under used and often vandalised building has now become a place of community and positive change. The positive work of the club in tackling anti-social behaviour and knife crime amongst young people was commended in the House of Commons.
These are some of the groups we work with in the community:
Youth Offending Service
The Youth Offending Service has a referral process in place where clients can attend the boxing club sessions as part of their intervention programme. The YOS recognise that the club’s services, the dedication and commitment of its coaches, offer them a valuable resource to help reduce offending and re-offending.
Secondary Support Schools/PRU
There are also a number of weekly sessions provided to Secondary Support Schools/PRU’s where their students benefit from the boxing sessions, which also include a focus on discipline, anger management and healthy lifestyles.
There also programmes that are being run at a number of the local schools as part of their pupils sports activities, whereby the club’s coaches run boxing sessions at the school’s site or at the boxing club.
Our club runs a number of successful boxing programmes across different youth clubs situated across the Enfield borough.
Community Based Events
Our club continues to make itself available for different community sports events, working with the local council and met police.
In 2015 Edmonton Eagles Boxing Club received the prestigious Queens Award for Voluntary Services, which is the equivalent of an MBE.
In 2019, in the New Year’s honours list, Head Coach Dr. Costakis Evangelou was awarded an MBE for his services to young people in North London.