‘Brilliant’ first Women’s Aspire session of 2023

March 13, 2023 | by Matt Halfpenny


Youth World Champion Amber Moss-Birch helped inspire the next generation boxers at the first England Boxing Women’s Aspire session of 2023.

The Under 81kg gold medal winner took part in technical sparring with some of the participants and talked to others about their future boxing ambitions.

In all, 105 boxers were in attendance at the Lions’ Den in Sheffield, despite Junior Championships commitments, the snowy weather and illness.

The great turnout was boosted by an excellent turnout of club and regional coaches, Performance Pathway coaches, those taking part on the Women’s Coach Development Programme (WCDP) and a contingent from Royal Navy Boxing.

The day was themed around before and after (a punch) as part of the five key pillars that also includes space, distance and tempo.

Boxers were each given a red programme t-shirt and then divided into four groups for sparring, bags, shadow boxing, a reactions circuit, tech work and pads, as well as a chat with coaches and fellow boxers.

Women’s Coach Development Programme Coach Naadrah Hafeez, of Gladiators in Huddersfield, also spoke about what could be expected across the Aspire sessions, with two more for each of the Schools and Junior and Youth and Elite to follow this weekend.

Organiser Laura Sargeant described it as a ‘brilliant day’, being impressed by the application and ability of those who took part.

“This was one of the best Aspire sessions I have ever been part of and there was a real buzz with so much activity going on,” she said.

“Every single girl that I saw walked out with a smile on their face, and you can ask for no more than that.

“I would just like to thank all the coaches who came along and really threw themselves into the day, making it as memorable for the boxers as it was.”

The next Aspire sessions to take place din Sheffield will be on Sunday 21st May (Youth and Elite) and 4th June (Schools and Junior).

For more information on Women’s Aspire, please email laura.sargeant@englandboxing.org