The first group of boxing coaches have officially qualified under IABA’s 50:24 programme, which aims to increase the number of women boxing coaches by 50% by 2024
2023 National U22 champions, Kaci Rock & Dearbhla Tinnelly, are among those taking the 1st steps on their coaching journeys.
At present, 1 in 10 boxing coaches in Ireland are women. 50:24 aims to increase the proportion of boxing coaches who are women, which will have an immediate impact in clubs throughout the IABA. It will also set these newly qualified coaches on the path to Level One: Club Coach and Level Two: Performance Coach education.
IABA has opened expressions of interest for Fundamentals courses to women who are registered club members in Ulster, Munster, Connacht and Leinster. Women can express their interest in coaching qualifications here
In tandem, the IABA is driving an increase the number of judge and referee qualification opportunities for women. Officiating is a pathway, and judges must be qualified for one year before they may begin their training as referees. The IABA is facilitating women in beginning that journey, and in progressing forward.