Welfare & Safety

The BWA is committed to helping every young person in wrestling to achieve their potential.

The BWA is also committed to safeguarding young people whether inside or outside the wrestling club environment. Wrestling Clubs have Codes of Conduct for adults and young people that follow Safeguarding Guidelines to help protect them.

Each club has a Club Welfare Officer who will introduce him or herself to you on your first visit to a club. They will also have leaflets/information/advice that will help with your welfare and safety during your wrestling sessions so that you have an enjoyable experience.

Sometimes, however,  a young person may have concerns about how they are being treated whether within or outside of the club or school environment. They may be worried about their own welfare or the welfare of fellow athletes or club members, they may be subject to bullying.

If you have any concerns or you have a problem you can’t sort out yourself then you can contact your Club Welfare Officer who will be able to direct you to someone who can. If they are not available then the BWA’s Lead Child Protection Officer (Marc Scott) can be contacted on 07981 925606 or his Deputy (Barry Pollin) on 07977201505 or by email: safeguarding.officer@britishwrestling.org

If you find that you do not wish to speak to someone within the wrestling environment then the NSPCC’s Childline is there to help you and is open 24/7.

Childline (England, Scotland & Wales): 0800 1111  or www.childline.org.uk

Northern Ireland Childline: 0504 311555

For other useful information for under 18’s:


There is also an Asian NSPCC Helpline where Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu, as well as English is spoken: 0800 096 7719