Boys of Grenfell

  • Juan Trujillo Andrades
  • Sonya Xena

Soon after the Grenfell disaster, writer Laura Potter and I discovered Dale Youth boxing club, and we felt compelled to tell their story. The club had recently moved into a brand new, state of the art gym in the Grenfell tower. A couple of months after their highly anticipated opening, the tragedy of the fire struck. The kids of Dale Youth not only lost their gym, but also one of their trainers, friends and family. Some of them lived on the estate, others went to the school next door. We spent several days with the club, getting to know the kids, coaches and parents. Despite coming through such a horrific event, we uncovered a story of hope, optimism and dedication. This story was published as a cover story by Shortlist Magazine.