March 2012

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The Development of Women's Boxing in England

Updated: 17.6.2010

The Amateur Boxing Association lifted the ban on women boxing in 1996, and since then the sport for women and girls has flourished. In 2005 there were 50 registered female boxers in England; as of March 2008 this figure increased to 508. In addition many more women take part in boxing related exercise. Around a third of amateur boxing clubs cater for women and girls, and a competition structure has been established.

The developments in women's boxing are managed by the Female Commission, one of the sub groups of the Amateur Boxing Association of England. In February 2008 the inaugural National Women's Boxing Development Manager was appointed, demonstrating the Amateur Boxing Association’s commitment to equality. Research has been conducted into the barriers and solutions for women and girls participating and progressing in boxing and the National Women and Girls’ Boxing Development Strategy has been developed with three core outcomes to Grow, Sustain and Excel.

England has a national team and many more boxers with potential and promise. These will be supported by a robust Regional Squad structure and the development of Beacon clubs that provide high quality provision for women and girls. Further partnerships working with school sport partnerships, London Communities, Police Community Clubs and Positive Futures will enable the sport to grow. 

By Rebecca Black

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