The Nick Maughan Foundation is dedicated to helping plug the gaps left by more than £500m worth of cuts to Britain’s national youth work budgets since 2011, which have left vulnerable young people without safe havens through which to develop their skills and talents outside the classroom. NMF targets its funding towards organisations and initiatives that promote opportunity among disadvantaged young people.
Seeking to combat the rise in mental health issues, as well as anti-social behaviour, NMF launched its flagship initiative BoxWise in 2021. Offering a 10-week boxing programme delivered entirely by England Boxing coaches, BoxWise helps young people with their personal fitness and mental wellbeing, while also offering progression routes to help its graduates enter further education or step into gainful employment.
BoxWise began with five venues across London and the non-profit has since gone national, with 41 venues in locations such as Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, East Middlesbrough, and Telford, as well as disability boxing centres in Manchester, Pembrokeshire, and Sheffield. BoxWise is proud to have recently expanded internationally, with centres open in South Africa and Ireland. Venues in Uganda, Brazil and Tanzania are coming soon.
NMF’s other community philanthropy initiatives include supporting the Glasgow based Charlie Miller Football Academy, founded by the former Premier League footballer. NMF is also a major donor to the youth support charity Berkshire Youth Trust, through which the Foundation has contributed to the Trust’s reconstruction of the Waterside Centre in Newbury. The centre offers a range of activities from sport to music, as well as counselling services and vocational training to help young people make successful transitions to adulthood.