10 successful applicants for Female Coach Development Programme confirmed

March 29, 2021 | by Matt Halfpenny


The 10 coaches who will take part in the England Boxing Female Coach Development Programme for 2021-22 have now been selected.

There were 35 applications for the places, meaning there were some difficult decisions to be made by the selection panel for the first of what is expected to become a yearly cohort.

“There were some very impressive applications and all coaches hit the criteria, so the decision for who we included came down to the content and explanations of the video application,” said England Boxing Development coach Amanda Coulson.

“We specifically looked at areas for development and the purpose behind these, as well as the reason why the coaches wanted to be included on the programme.

“We hope this programme is going to significantly help those coaches who are taking part, which will, in turn, help to strengthen the female coaching boxing structure in England.

“We offer our congratulations to all those who have been successful and look forward to getting to know them better over the coming 12 months.”

The 10 successful coaches are:

Kate Newton – Rathbone (London)

Igne Vaitkunaite – High Wycombe (Home Counties)

Naadrah Hafeez – Gladiators (Yorkshire)

Kara Mikolajczyk – Mikey’s (Midlands)

Claire Salisbury – Jewellery Quarter (Midlands)

Donna Harvey-Arnell – Ipswich (Eastern Counties)

Louise Vidor – Bright Star (Midlands)

Sally Webb – Priory Park (Midlands)

Kerry Norfolk – Norwich City (Eastern Counties)

Samantha Fawcett – Warrington (Merseyside and Cheshire).

The 25 remaining coaches have been invited to join England Boxing’s monthly online Community Of Practice sessions where they will be able to aid development and build a support network with like-minded coaches.

The next Community Of Practice session – open to all female coaches of all levels and hosted by Coulson and England Boxing Talent Pathway coach Laura Sargeant – is on Tuesday 13th April at 7pm. You can join via this link.

You can email laura.sargeant@englandboxing.org to find out more about the Female Development Programme.