Professional boxer and SSS Network partner Jordan Gill is looking to make a difference in his local community by way of his up and coming foundation – Next Generation.
Known as ‘The Thrill’ inside the ring, Jordan has shown a desire to use the power of sport to impact young people, giving them opportunities and options he never had growing up. Utilising the support and guidance of the Network, Jordan is looking to begin Next Generation delivery in 2020.
The 25-year-old has stated his desire to use his foundation as a way to give back to society, especially in his home county of Cambridgeshire. Focussing on areas of high-deprivation and lack of provisions for young people, Jordan has a clear vision on what he wants to achieve.
He said: “With Next Generation, I want to make a difference.
“I’ll be looking to work with a variety of young people on areas such as improving their health, both physically and mentally, whilst also allowing them to pick up communication skills and make new friends”.
Working closely with his father, Paul, who has coached him for more than 20 years, the former WBA International Featherweight champion set up Next Generation in a bid to improve the opportunities available to those from his hometown.
The pro boxer has his heart set on working in Cromwell Community College, his former secondary school, a place where he feels he can make a genuine difference and engage with students who remind him of what he was like at that age.
He said: “Cromwell is very close to me, so to be able to go back and make a difference to the students that go there is important.
“I know what it is like growing up around that area, it has limited resources and it can be hard to reach through to the students. Hopefully I can do something to start changing its reputation”.
“I’m really excited to be working with Mark and SSS Network, they are already working with some many amazing people. I met with Jamie and Gavin McDonnell a few months ago and talked it over to see if joining the Network was for me.
“I’m glad to be on board. They are the best team to be with to help me achieve my goals.”
Turning pro in 2012, Jordan has gone on to have 25 fights at featherweight, winning 24 and losing just the one. The orthodox fighter is working towards a world title fight and, upon hanging up his gloves, devoting all his time to the Next Generation foundation.
The supporting mechanisms put into place by SSS Network will allow Jordan and his Foundation to deliver their goals.
Founder of SSS Network, Mark Turner, has welcomed Jordan and his team with open arms. He said: “”Upon meeting Jordan it was clear that he was very passionate about doing positive work in his local community. Jordan is a positive role model for lots of people across Fenland so using his stature in sport and drawing on past experiences will help Jordan and his team make a positive difference in society.”
The Network has already seen foundations it partners with flourish, most notably former world boxing champion Team Mac Fight for Good and professional rugby league player Luke Gale’s Kicking for Grassroots.