Leon Edwards He has spoken out in the fight against knife crime in Britain, and it has paid off.
In a program led by Edwards, middleweight candidate Darentil and Jimi Manuwa, the UFC will partner with the Onside Legacy Youth Zone to launch a youth mentoring program for children ages 12-16 in London, Birmingham and Liverpool.
There was recently Rapid increase in knife crime In England, a horrific incident happened last year in Edwards’ hometown of Birmingham. Edwards, who succeeded in avoiding this environment by turning to martial arts at an early age, hopes that the program will keep young people off the street and teach self-defense.
He explained how the conversation between Manuwa and Till leads to the initiative.
“I talked to Jimi and we had a similar background,” Edwards told MMA Junkie before UFC Fight Night 187 on Saturday. And I came from the same background, and he came to me and said we should do something. I said, yeah perfect. I was thinking of doing it anyway. So I, Jimi and Darren called. We said where we can take it, is the UFC willing to do it? We talked to the UFC, they said – 100 percent, they want to get involved.
“We have partnered with Team Legacy. In the UK, we are a large organization of charities already doing that with children on probation, children involved in knife crime, and this is to me. Very close. I lost my friend on Father’s Day last year. He was stabbed in the neck on Father’s Day and you died. So I want to get more involved and help change. You probably won’t be able to change the whole of Britain, but it would be perfect if you could help change the life of one child at a time. So this partnership with Legacy will hopefully be part of it. Helps save children’s lives. “
The UFC has donated more than $ 50,000 to buy equipment, pay coaches, and raise awareness. Edwards, Till and Manuwa personally interact with and coach the children.
“I’m there to teach martial arts. Jimi and Darren will all be there,” Edwards said. “My coach is going there to teach martial arts, so it’s close to my heart. It’s important to me and I’m looking forward to it.
“Basically, I’m a mentor. I teach classes on my feet and on the ground and talk to my kids. The UFC helps provide kids’ kits, such as gloves and shin guards. We are also trying to do something like a scholarship. It’s the kids who listen best in class. We have something to tackle, so we we You can sponsor a gym membership for the year at one of the gyms and pay for their membership. Most kids can’t afford to pay £ 60 a month for membership. I’m a kid’s I know I couldn’t do it when I could do it, pay their membership fees and help them, it’s my involvement. If I can save one of them, I’m I’m happy with that and that’s my main goal at the moment. “
– MMA Sports
Leon Edwards details his involvement in youth mentoring programs
https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/2021/03/leon-edwards-youth-mentoring-program-fight-knife-crime-england-ufc Leon Edwards details his involvement in youth mentoring programs