Our Story

A safe space for anyone who wants to use boxing to train for fitness or competition.

We’re the first female-led boxing club in the UK, set up as a Community Interest Company in March 2018.

Primarily, we exist to offer girls and women a welcoming environment to train in, whether that’s for amateur competition or for fitness and well being. The gym is an inclusive, safe space for anyone who wants to take part, boys and men are welcome too, we have both separate (female/male) and mixed sessions, led by male and female coaches.

We offer Olympic-style boxing coaching, Boxercise and strength and conditioning classes. By offering tailored training for over 50’s, under 11’s and competing boxers as well as working with schools, community groups, social services and individuals - our aim is to bring boxing to the wider community.


NPBA COACHING TEAM

Fie Hopper - Head Coach
Fie joined the gym in 2017 as she wanted to learn a new skill. Having done the first 3 levels of the Boxing Awards Fie decided to get involved in coaching and is now qualified as a Level 1 Coach with England Boxing. Alongside her boxing qualification, Fie has a PT qualification and her aim is for everyone to realise the confidence a strong and healthy body can give you. 


Chris McCord - Performance Coach
After being introduced to the sport in the Army, Chris joined Northern Powerhouse in February 2018. Now qualified as a Level 1 Coach with England Boxing, Chris wants to help others enjoy the physical and mental benefits that come from both boxing and being a part of the Northern Powerhouse community. Chris also has a PT qualification and takes Bootcamp, KO circuits and coaches boxing for all age groups.

 

Ness Wood: Boxing fitness instructor
Ness has been training or working in the fitness industry for over 20 years and has been part of the boxing club for nearly 4 years. With a Diploma in Personal Fitness Training, and having completed the first 4 levels of the Boxing Awards, Ness decided to train as a Boxercise Instructor. Ness loves to pass on the knowledge she's learned over the years and wants to spread the word that fitness is for everyone, whatever age or ability.

Having taken time out to look after her young daughter and disabled husband, Ness welcomed the opportunity to get back into teaching at the gym and pass on her passion - her motto is: "People don’t care how much you know, but like to know how much you care. I care."


Josie McNamara - Boxing Tutor
Josie looks after our girls-only classes on a Wednesday afternoon. Following 20 years working in sports marketing for lifestyle brands and governing bodies, Josie brings her passion for helping young girls get involved and stay involved in sport to NPBA. Josie is qualified as a Boxing Tutor through GB Boxing Awards to deliver non-contact boxing classes.

 

Emma Quittenton - Boxercise and Fitness Instructor
Emma is our most recent recruit having recently relocated from down south to buy a farm up Crag Vale. When she isn't looking after her goats, pigs, chickens and dogs, you can find her taking our Boxercise and Fitness classes!   Emma is a very experience Boxercise coach and also offer personal training! 


All our coaches are fully qualified, DBS cleared, insured and First Aid trained. Our Level 1 and Level 2 Boxing Coaches have also been through safeguarding training with England Boxing. Our fitness instructors have all the relevant qualifications and requirements to teach their sessions.

The Club Welfare Officer is Janette Logan and our Deputy Welfare Officer is Jack Lopez. Any safeguarding issues or concerns relating to any of the coaching team, should be addressed to Janette or Jack.
You can find more details here.


NPBA Support Staff

General Manager:  Josie McNamara
Chair:  Fie Hopper
Treasurer: 
Katherine Wackerbarth
Secretary: Liz Green
Funding Officer: Jo Ruane
Fundraising Officer: Rachel Tighe
Child Welfare Lead: 
Janette Logan
Child Welfare Deputy: 
Jack Lopez



NPBA Board Members

Kate Dakers

Kate coached at an amateur level from 2012-2019 and before moving to Spain in 2019 was one of our Level 2 Coaches and a Talent Support Coach with England Boxing. She grew up in Zimbabwe - competing in sports most of her life and fell in love with boxing after leaving ten years of Karate behind. Arriving in England at age 33, it was too late to start an amateur career when the upper limit was then 35, so she took to coaching. Committed to removing the barriers for participation in boxing for girls in the local area, she set up NPBA in a bid to provide a safe, supportive, female coaching environment at the club.

Kirsten Fussing 
Kirsten took up boxing in 2009 to get fit and has never looked back. Having fought in New York in 2011 and enjoyed the support of the women’s boxing community both in the US and the UK, she has seen the incredibly positive affect that boxing training can have in women’s lives. She is a dedicated public servant and works for Calderdale Council to reduce inequality and improve life for people through economic and community development and, of course, kindness. 

Katherine Wackerbarth
Katherine started boxing late in life; she came to the club to support her daughter who was a newly-qualified coach and discovered that she loved hitting things (and gaining new skills). In her professional life she has always worked with numbers and business processes, whether for large corporations or small community groups, and is very happy to be able to use this experience in her role as Treasurer.

Fie Hopper
Fie joined the gym in 2017 as she wanted to learn a new skill. Having done the first 3 levels of the Boxing Awards Fie decided to get involved in coaching and is now qualified as a Level 1 Coach with England Boxing. Alongside her boxing qualification, Fie has a PT qualification and her aim is for everyone to realise the confidence a strong and healthy body can give you. Outside of boxing, Fie is a Watch Commander for the Fire Service. 


Josie McNamara
Following 20 years working in sports marketing for lifestyle brands and governing bodies, Josie brings her passion for helping young girls get involved and stay involved in sport and leads on our marketing activities at the club.

Rachel Tighe
In 2015, Rachel tentatively took a Boxersize hoping to improve her physical and mental health as she entered her 40’s.  It did more than that...it changed her life and she regretted coming to the sport of Boxing at an age where she was now too old to compete. 

Rachel has been training with the club ever since and is dedicated to promoting Northern Powerhouse Boxing Academy and the positive transformation sports can have. With a background in manufacturing and project management she is committed to breaking barriers around gender in all aspects of life and enjoys organising fundraising events and challenges that all club members can participate in and benefit from. ‘It’s more than a club, it’s family’.


 

 

 

 

Subscribe