IABA President and National Registrar Dom O’Rourke and Stephen Connolly with boxers, coaches and staff at Edenderry campt


Some of the world’s top young boxers have completed the Edenderry All-Female Sparring Camp which concludes tonight at the St Brigid’s BC in Offaly.

Boxers from ten nations took part.

photo 2 of sparring camp

photo 1 of sparring camp


Five nations  – France, England, Germany, Hungary and Italy – will be sending teams, and hosting, to this month’s Men’s and Women’s World Youth Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

German prospect Sophie Alisch believes that Edenderry is ideal preparation for the Hungarian capital.


Team England with Liam Brereton


“Last day in the camp, we are prepared and ready to go. Thanks to Liam Morley Brereton for this amazing event, we will be back next year,” she said.

Camp organiser Liam Brereton pointed out that four European gold medallists and a quarter of the qualified athletes for the World Youths – and 150 boxers in total – sparred in seven rings each day.

“Brilliant sparring over the course of the last week. Thank you Liam Morley Brereton for having us up! Absolute quality camp with lots of valuable rounds.Best of luck to these girls out in the worlds! Go get the gold,” said Ireland’s European U/22 and Youth champion Amy Broadhurst.