The former cruiserweight and heavyweight champion of the world is committed to empower young people to unleash their full potential, no matter what their background, and is working with The Trust on a new project that will launch next year.
David Haye says:“One of the most important things my career has taught me is that you can achieve anything if you believe in yourself and have the right attitude, no matter what challenges you face. But while I’ve had such fantastic opportunities and support from others throughout my career, there are thousands of disadvantaged young people out there who are not so lucky and need our help to realise their greatness and get to where they want to be in life.
That’s why I’m proud to announce my Ambassadorship of The Prince’s Trust. It’s an incredible organisation that helps young people facing all sorts of difficulties in their daily lives to gain the confidence and skills they need to achieve their goals. Together, I hope we can empower even more young people and I’m working closely with The Trust on an exciting new project that’s going to make that possible.”
Prince’s Trust Ambassadors are high profile supporters of The Trust who give their time to help raise awareness of The Trust. Other Prince’s Trust Ambassadors include Gemma Arterton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Idris Elba, Sharon Osbourne and Kevin Spacey.
The announcement of David’s Ambassadorship comes less than a month before his comeback fight against Australian boxer Mark De Mori at The O2 in London, which will take place on 16th January 2016 (#HayeDay).
Richard Chadwick, Director at The Prince’s Trust, says: “David is a fantastic role model for all the young people we support through our range of programmes and we’re extremely proud that he has chosen to become an Ambassador for The Prince’s Trust. We look forward to working with him and wish him all the best for his comeback fight.”
David took some time out of his training schedule yesterday to meet young people from The Prince’s Trust Team programme at his gym in Vauxhall.
Boxing enthusiast Sashi Port, who was part of the group that visited the gym, said:“It was amazing to meet David and get some boxing tips from a former world champion! He is a really inspiring guy and living proof that if you work hard and believe in yourself, anything is possible. That’s something I’d lost sight of when I came to The Prince’s Trust; my confidence hit a real low when I dropped out of college and I felt like I didn’t have what it takes to get what I want in life. The Trust gave me back my self belief and helped me to take practical steps towards achieving my goals. I’ve got high hopes for the future again.”
The Prince’s Trust Team programme that Sashi is taking part in is delivered by the Metropolitan Police2 at their police station in Tottenham. Chief Inspector Chris Conrad, Police National Liaison Officer at The Prince’s Trust, works with Sashi’s team and accompanied the group on the visit to David’s gym.
Chris says:“It’s great to have David’s support as he is someone the young people we work with can look up to. He’s all about inspiring young people to be brave in their aspirations and work hard to get to where they want to be in life, so his Ambassadorship for The Trust makes perfect sense.”
Chris has boxed as a heavyweight within police force and has seen first hand how the sport can enable both The Trust and the police to engage with young people who may not otherwise want to interact with them, exposing them to discipline, rules and respect in a very positive way. The police run a number of popular boxing clubs for communities across the UK and use the sport as a way to build positive relationships with local young people.