About British Wrestling

World Class Programme FAQs

See also, links to Wrestling Performance Plan 2009

Why does British Wrestling have foreign wrestlers in its World Class Programme?

International standards of wrestling are very high.  It is necessary to have foreign wrestlers as part of the British Wrestling World Class programme to improve the standard of wrestling in this country by giving home wrestlers the chance to train everyday with more experienced and potential medal winners.  Also, it is important that Great Britain achieves medal places in world-class competitions because funding follows performance and high-profile achievement lifts the reputation of wrestling.

Why does BWA have foreign coaching in its programme?

With more experienced foreign coaches, the British Wrestling World Class Performance Programme gains access to better coaching techniques and methods from Eastern European programme.  This includes significant connections with their teams and programmes such as training with their wrestlers, the ability to attend their training camps, logistic support for competitions and etc.  Also, it is important that Great Britain achieves medal places in world-class competitions because funding follows performance and high-profile achievement lifts the reputation of wrestling.

What are the links between the World Class Programme and grass roots British Wrestling?

The British Wrestling Academy is the location for the training partners and centralised facilities for the World Class Performance Programme.  However, members of the National Performance Squad will visit their own and other clubs whenever possible.  A structured approach to enable more contact between the National Performance Squad and grass roots wrestling is being looked at.

What are the criteria to gain acceptance onto the National Performance Squad

The criteria are laid out in the Wrestling Performance Plan 2009, linked above, agreed with UK Sport.  The criteria are repeated on the website, (follow this link)