England and Ireland women boxers come together at the Peace Centre to prepare for the European Boxing Championships
August 19, 2016 | Nick Taylor
As the Olympics concludes the next generation of England and Ireland women boxers come together at the Peace Centre to prepare for the European Boxing Championships
The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Centre is playing host to the England Boxing and the Irish Athletic Boxing Association (IABA) youth and junior women’s team and squad as they prepare for the Women’s Youth and Junior European Boxing Championships taking place in Ordu, Turkey in September 2016
The young women, their coaches and officials are using the Peace Centre as a base as they complete their training, aim for selection and undertake a number of competitive matches across north west England. The Peace Centre is base camp for the teams and is providing residential accommodation, catering and facilities for the young women to train and relax.
The Foundation was set up following the deaths of Tim and Johnathan as a result of ‘the Troubles’ on our islands and, twenty-three years on, the charity is still at the forefront of promoting reconciliation on our islands. This weekend sees young women from across England and Ireland sharing the same accommodation as well as participating in training and competition to prepare and secure their places in the European Championships.
Nick Taylor, Chief Executive of the Foundation welcomed the teams: “boxing is a sport of discipline, strength and skill. The young women here are aiming to reach the top of their sport and the European Championships is a big platform for all of them.
“The Peace Centre was recently recognised as Warrington’s hospitality provider of the year and we are honoured to be looking after our guests as they prepare.
“It is also great that girls from the competing countries of Ireland and England are staying together and I hope they will enjoy their experience and wish them well for the Championships.”
Amanda Coulson of England Boxing said: “this weekend is important preparation for the championships and it was important to find the right accommodation that could support the training, catering and relaxation needs of our athletes.
“We are delighted with the welcome and the service the Peace Centre has provided and this has helped make the training camp a great success.”