James Cook is a former European and British super middleweight boxing champion who in 2007 was awarded an MBE for “his outstanding work with the young people of Hackney’s notorious Murder Mile”. He also previously featured on the reality TV show The Secret Millionaire.

The former boxer operates from a once-dilapidated youth club in the 2012 Olympic heartland of Hackney known as “Murder Mile”, where there is a problem with youth-gang culture.

At the Pedro there is a gymnasium with a boxing ring and organised football, basketball and table tennis programmes.

There are also arts and drama classes and a computer room to encourage young people to learn new life skills. People from all ages and backgrounds are very welcome at the Pedro Club.

Management Committee


Derek Williams






Vice Chairman

Laura Everitt


Susan Samuel

Vice Secretary

Marvin Stone


James Cook MBE

Vice Treasurer

Bruce Baker

Admin Support

Roy Thomas


Michael Watson MBE

Pauline Badger

Julius Francis

Sylvester Williams

Ben Way