Thirty nine women and girls attended a regional training squad at Hook and Jab Boxing Gym in Warrington on Sunday. Amongst them were Larches and Savick Boxing Academy boxers Bria Fielding and Billie-Jean Franks.
The boxers, aged between nine and 33, ranged from experienced international athletes to complete novices. Joining local athletes were boxers from as far afield as Stoke, North Wales, Stafford and Northampton.
The session began with themed shadow boxing, followed by a technical session and sparring.
England coach Amanda Groarke said: ‘I can’t stress the impact these squads have on the development of the boxers. With each session we can see them developing; they are going away and working with their clubs to progress and improve.
‘The sparring at these sessions boosts boxers’ confidence, which impacts on the numbers of women competing and provides more opportunity for matching. With club coaches assisting the sessions, we can identify matches and set up future bouts.’
There are benefits for the coaches too. After each squad, the team meets to reflect on the day’s events and share feedback.
Amanda added: ‘I personally find the squads to be a fantastic opportunity to meet coaches and parents, answer any concerns or questions they may have and provide a positive experience for all.
‘All female boxers are welcome at our regional squads. The aim is to boost inclusion and present opportunities for all women within our sport, regardless of age and ability.
The next squad will take place from 2-4pm on 2 November 2014 at Hook and Jab Boxing Gym, 11A Palatine Ind Est, Causway Ave, Warrington WA4 6QQ.