Women’s Coach Development Programme: Fourth cohort confirmed

April 11, 2024 | by Chris Boyd


The coaches for the final cohort of the England Boxing Women’s Coach Development Programme 2024-25 have now been selected.

A huge number of applications meant the selection panel for this final programme were left to make some difficult decisions.

“There were some very impressive applications and all coaches hit the criteria. The decision for who we included came down to the content and explanations of the video applications,” said England Boxing’s Women & Girls Officer Laura Sargeant.

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

“The applications were so good, we have decided to take 16 coaches on for this last year of the programme, and 1 coach who had to defer from last year’s cohort, so a total of 17 coaches in all.

“We hope the programme will follow on from the success of previous years and continue 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 17 successful coaches are:

Name Club Region
Heidi Ogden Leigh Park Southern Counties
Victoria Armstrong Salisbury Merseyside & Cheshire
Samera Ali Tamworth Midlands
Nichola Readman NPBA Tyne, Tees & Wear
Donna Torrance Hemmell Warriors Home Counties
Katie Guiller St Paul’s Yorkshire
Carly Attridge Dennis & Dyer London
Emma Middleton London Community London
Helena Richards Bolsover East Midlands
Rebecca Jackson Market Drayton Midlands
Lisa Little Washington Tyne, Tees & Wear
Rebecca Went Mamba Home Counties
Harriet Brennan The Barn Home Counties
Emily Aked Sanctus Yorkshire
Alys Ball Northumbria Fire Tyne, Tees & Wear
Lisa Houston Brighton & Hove Southern Counties
Claire Holloway Downend Western Counties

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

This is open to all female coaches of all levels and a link to join can be obtained by an email to laura.sargeant@englandboxing.org.

As always, we have our amazing team of mentors who themselves have been through the programme:

Name Club Region
Naadrah Hafeez Gladiators Yorkshire
Donna Harvey Arnell Ipswich Eastern Counties
Vicki Baker Peterborough Police Eastern Counties
Kerry Chalk Holmes Chapel North West
Kate Waters Rathbone London
Rachel Bower Rathbone London
Kara Mikolajczyk Mikey’s Midlands
Kerry Norfolk Thrive Eastern Counties
Lindsay Jarrett Telford North West
Jayne Wallace Billingham Tyne, Tees & Wear

“These ladies have played such an important part in the journey of the coaches they have supported and mentored through the cohorts.

“I can’t thank them all enough for the time they have put into the programme and their continued help and dedication. They continue to push themselves to become better coaches and mentors whilst helping others to grow. They are truly amazing”, added Sargeant.