Boxing is in the blood for Stacey Copeland. She began training at an early age at her grandad Roy’s gym, Bredbury Stockport Boxing Club, and her father Eddie was ABA champion in 1979 and now volunteers as an England Boxing MC.
With no opportunities for female boxers when she was younger, Stacey took up football, where she played in the women’s premier league and FA cup final. She represented England at youth level, spent five years in America on a sports scholarship, and took part in the women’s semi-pro league in Sweden. During her football career she boxed for fitness, but in 2010 at the age of 29, she decided to hang up her boots and commit to competing in the ring.
Stacey made her boxing debut in 2011 and is now a three-time national champion with achievements including European silver, gold medals at the Nation’s Cup, Haringey Box Cup and Queen’s Cup, and representing England in a world championship.
Outside of boxing, Stacey works full time at Parrs Wood High School in Manchester, where she runs an alternative curriculum centre and boxing project for students on the verge of exclusion. She gives motivational talks at schools, colleges and other organisations and is an ambassador for Sporting Champions.
She says: ‘I believe it is important for athletes to give back in order to create opportunities for others, and that sharing my experiences, for others to learn from and be inspired by, is my greatest privilege as an athlete.’ ( http://www.abae.co.uk/)
Our head coach Kevin knew Stacey’s Dad Eddie when he was training with the England squad back in the late 70’s.
Here we see Eddie in his prime before an accident forced him to leave his Boxing career behind.
Eddie and Stacey are the only Father and Daughter pair to ever win ABA titles, below is a recent picture of Eddie and Stacey.
Both are passionate about sport and work tirelessly to encourage others to take part. Stacey who is only a day away from her professional debut will be visiting 5 Ways next Tuesday where she will meet and encourage our female members to “Keep at it.”
Follow the link below where you can see Eddie and Stacey talking about Boxing and the Video that has been made about the sport and Eddies boxing career. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qbclJN_ftw