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Our Ethos
Our ethos is to provide an affordable and accessible boxing facility where young people can come and enjoy the benefits of boxing and improve their health and fitness, as well as learn discipline, respect and confidence. Every level of ability is welcomed and catered for, from the beginner just wanting to get fit, to those who want to pursue a career in boxing. The dedicated coaches are committed to their members and recognise that the need of providing first class training sessions but also the importance of mentoring and being role models to those that attend, to counter the many negative influences around their lives. The club promotes a ‘Spirit of Excellence’ in a positive and disciplined atmosphere in which members are encouraged to develop their full potential not just in boxing but also in important life skills that bring benefit to the individual and also have far reaching positive effects in their families and communities.

History of the Club
The 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, Head Coach Dr. Costakis C. 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.

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 and the club membership quickly grew at this central location. 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. The club is now a place of community and positive change.

Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service
The Club has won numerous awards for its work with young people in tackling anti-social behaviour and knife crime. The highlight being that in June 2015 Edmonton Eagles Amateur Boxing Club was awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. This is the highest Award a club can receive and is the equivalent of an MBE for an individual. The Club’s President and Founder Penny Efstahiou attended the Queen’s Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in recognition, with the presentation of the Award being made by Ann Cable MBE DL in October 2015.

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