Afewee was co-founded by Steadman Scott and Tony Goldring in 1997.
The project began life as a grassroots football project based at Crystal Palace Sports, before moving to Streatham Common Park two years later, holding regular Saturday morning training sessions that continue to this day.
Steadman and Tony eventually rented a space at the Brixton Recreation Centre, paying for it with their own money, and began working with the disadvantaged youth of the locality, determined to use competitive sport as a means to change lives for the better. In 2004 they also set up an academy division designed to develop the skills of those boys and girls who had the talent to become professional players.
Since its establishment 11 years ago, Afewee Football Academy has become something of a football phenomenon and it is increasingly recognised as such within the profession. Dozens of Afewee old-boys and girls have made their way into academies and every Premier league club in London hosts an Afewee boy or girl. 30 Afewee alumni have gone on to become professional players, 5 of them in Premier League sides, most notably Nathaniel Clyne, who now plays for the England National team.
Afewee Boxing Club
In 2011, following the London-wide riots, Steadman was struck by the remarkable fact that central Brixton had no community-focused boxing club catering to the area’s young people. Organising a petition in support of the establishment of such a club operating out of Brixton Recreation Centre, he gathered 977 signatures in a few weeks. On the back of such community support, and working in partnership with the Council and GLL, the centre’s operators, Afewee initiated non-contact boxing sessions in the Rec in May 2014. By early 2015 Afewee had satisfied all the necessary criteria to operate as a full-contact, competitive boxing club and Afewee Boxing Club was affiliated with the London Amateur Boxing Association in February 2015.
The club is run by Head Coach Bobby Miltiadous (England Boxing Qualified Coach) with a range of volunteers who help to keep the club running each and every week. Within the short time that Afewee BC has existed, the club has received recognition as a progressive and professionally run operation, and has been asked to pilot a Sport England funded club development project ahead of its roll-out in 2017.
As a club we are committed to offering the residents of Brixton and Lambeth boxing coaching of the highest standards, accessible to all. As an organisation reflecting the realities of Brixton society, we are a highly diverse and inclusive club, and we put a heavy emphasis on encouraging female participation in the sport. Our aim is to allow all people who pass through our doors to realise their dreams and potential, encouraging hard work, dedication, respect and discipline.
It is our ambition one day to produce a home grown champion who will be an inspiration to the area’s young people.