‘Built on Steel – Not Destroyed By It’ – Steel Warriors

An amazing project in Poplar started by Ben Winter and Pia Fontes in 2017 is turning something positive out of London’s prolific knife crime.



After returning to the UK from Shanghai where he was a writer for TimeOut, Ben wanted to do something about our unenviable knife culture.  Working with the Met Police, and Trident he and Pia secured multiple tonnes of seized knives which Steel Warriors get melted down to make outdoor Calisthenic gyms – the first in Poplar.  Now a registered Charity, Steel Warriors is hoping to replicate in other boroughs.


Calisthenics is the system used by a lot of serving prisoners – using the body weight rather than fitness equipment.


A fabulous achievement of what started as a simple idea…..

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