Talent coaches attend development seminar

September 15, 2019 | by Matt Halfpenny


A group of 23 England Boxing talent coaches have taken part in a one-day development seminar at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield.

The day included workshops on nutrition and weight making, the menstrual cycle and effects on training and coaching in competitions.

Development Coach Amanda Coulson introduced the session and Performance Coach Mick Driscoll spoke about expectations of England coaches, while there was also a presentation on social media.

“Today has been about continuing to challenge and develop our England coaches as part of the Talent Pathway, which is in keeping with our coach development strategy,” said David Thorley, Head of Talent and Competitions.

“It’s important that our England boxers get access to the best coaching in the country and we feel that days like today really take them forward.

“We want to build on the success we have had, winning 93 medals at major events in the last three years.  It’s important to reflect on that success, but it’s also exciting where we can go as a coaching unit in the future.”

The seminar was the only the second of its type that has been held, the other taking place in January of this year.

England Boxing are keen to make the sessions regular fixtures in the calendar moving forwards.

Coach Ian Tennant, from Western Counties region said: “I think it’s very important to have days like this and continue to learn because if you don’t progress then you are extinct as a coach. It’s great to get together as a group and have time to have a chat away from competitions.”

“It’s been very worthwhile attending and good to learn something different,” added Lorna Moser, a coach in the Merseyside and Cheshire region. “I found the workshop on the menstrual cycle particularly useful and that is information we can pass on to the boxers themselves at Talent Development Camps (TDCs).”

Coaches in attendance were Adam Haniver, Rhuari Kane, Ahmet Canbakis, Laura Sargeant, Andy Abrol, Jason Gledhill, Chris Lodge, Ivan Cobb, Phil Wilson, Vicky Connor, Russ Turnbull, Adrian Fleming, Shah Rahman, Ian Tennant, Ross Wilkinson, David Johnston, Gurpreet Sandhu, Nigel Wright, John Hodkinson, Daniel Bailey, Paul Stahl, Lorna Moser and Mick Maguire.