UK Cypriot Dr Costakis Evangelou (Head Coach) is awarded with an MBE in the 2019 New Year Honours for services to young people in North London.
He has been the head coach at Edmonton Eagles Amateur Boxing Club for several years who were honoured with the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.
The Club which runs boxing and mentoring sessions at its club base in Edmonton and in schools and youth organisations was one of only 187 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive this award.
And prior to that, Head Coach Costakis Evangelou was honoured with the Jack Petchey Foundation Leader Award for his work in coaching and mentoring the young in North London.
Costakis Christos Evangelou was born in Cyprus in Patriki Famagusta in 1958 Father’s name in Christos Evangelou from Phlamouthi Mother’s name Photou Evangelou from Patriki and Came to England London in 1960 to live in North London. He attended Primary Schools: Grafton School. Tufnell Park School. Secondary School was Archway School. He has four Children 3 sons 1 Daughter – Phodis, Andreas, Christopher and Marisa.
He has run 4 London Marathons raising over £30,000 for charity Qualifications include; Batchelor Of Divinity; Post Graduate Certificate of Education; and a Doctorate in Divinity. He has for over 30 years has dedicated his life to the selfless service of others. As a minister, community leader and humanitarian he works tirelessly and gives sacrificially for the benefit of others.
He is the President of Community Heart (London), a registered charity set up to help and support the local community, especially the young and vulnerable. As President he oversees the running of several ground breaking projects including, Edmonton Eagles Amateur Boxing Club, Running with the Vision – Youth Football, Youth Zone Youth Club and Sign Post, a project that feeds and helps support the homeless and vulnerable.
As the Head Coach and Honorary Secretary of Edmonton Eagles Amateur Boxing Club he has worked tirelessly to help turn it into one of the leading sports and youth projects in North London as he oversees and runs all the different aspects of the Club’s work. Based in a part of Edmonton which is one of the most socially and financially impoverished areas in England the Club is turning around many young people’s lives with over 250 young people benefitting from the different sessions, many of which are free, it provides over 6 days a week. It runs boxing and mentoring programmes for schools, behavioural units and youth clubs and women who have suffered or witnessed domestic violence.
He has also set up a referral process with the youth offending team where their clients can attend as part of their positive activities.
As well as winning numerous awards, in 2015 the Club won the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service recognising it work in helping young people leave behind negative and destructive lifestyles. His ecclesiastical work and humanitarian work is extensive; he has carried out a number of humanitarian missions to Africa.
In 2004 he travelled to an isolated community in the Eastern Region of Ghana. Negotiations with the Chief of the area resulted in the granting of a piece of land for the building of a medical clinic. The clinic was desperately needed by this community of 4000 people who had no other access to medical care.
To help raise much of the funds required for the building of the clinic Archbishop ran the London Marathon twice. As many as 500 people receive medical treatment at the Centre each month.
He continues to visit the Clinic to receive a personal update on the progress and work of the Centre and its subsequent impact it has made on the community as a whole and to continue to provide equipment and medical supplies. His membership and involvement with Churches Together in England (CTE), gives him opportunity to work with the multi-cultural and denominationally diverse churches in England.
He has attended and lended his total support to the modern day slavery meeting in the House of Lords