Whilst we’ve not been able to get on the mat or support and deliver the competitions and courses we had planned due to the coronavirus pandemic, that hasn’t stopped wrestling coming together to keep getting stronger.
British Wrestling is continuing to support all our clubs in this pressing time either through aspects of improving a clubs governance, its structure, affiliating to BWA and putting together development plans to help clubs to prepare for when they eventually reopen. We have also been supporting a number of clubs applying for the emergency fund from all over England, these include Legion Wrestling (working towards affiliation), Bolton Olympic, Aspull Warriors, Sheffield Wrestling and 5 point wrestling club. The fund is temporarily closed however if you think your club needs support, please get in touch with ourselves at British Wrestling and we’ll be able to support you in a bid once the grant is reopened.
Club Development Manager, Andreas Michealas, and Membership Secretary, Trevor Hoskins, have been working with a number of new clubs who want to join our wrestling family. These include Voodoo Wrestling, Bury Defence Academy, Hammersmith Wrestling and a few other completely new clubs based around the midlands and south regions areas of England.
If you’re interested in starting a new club or affiliating to British Wrestling please contact Andreas for more information and support via firstname.lastname@example.org
British Wrestling has launched their new YouTube Channel where you can find the latest videos on wrestling, bouts, techniques, interviews, competitions and more. We have recently put together playlists of technique videos covering all the Yellow and Orange Award techniques, breaking them down into their key positions and how to safely perform them. There is a range of techniques that you can start practising with people in your household, making sure you have appropriate safety measures in place.
The YouTube channel also features interviews with some of our top athletes covering their journey’s through wrestling and highlights from camps and competitions!
Lockdown doesn’t mean anti-doping stops – in fact, it means quite the opposite. Now is the perfect time for athletes and coaches to keep their knowledge on clean sport up-to-date and support each other. British Wrestling is working closely with UK Anti-Doping to gather resources that can be useful to our clubs.
#CleanSport week is coming next week, 18 – 24 May! Despite the current adversity and uncertainty around when wrestling will return to normal, athletes, coaches, support staff and NGBs all remain committed to clean sport. Head over to your app store and download the UKAD app ‘Clean Sport’ and select wrestling as your sport.
British Wrestling has partnered with Active Herefordshire to deliver a series of online workout sessions for female participants called ‘This Girl Can Wrestle Online’. Sharples Wrestling Club’s very own Georgina Nelthorpe has run some incredible sessions as a two-week pilot. We’ve seen wrestling become the most popular of the sports during these online sessions and we are delighted to announce that we will be continuing to deliver this for 6 weeks commencing from the 27th May 2020. If you would like to join please register your interest via the BWA membership portal.
Sport England’s Club Matters has collated information that can be helpful to your club during the lockdown ranging from free resources, information and free interactive online workshops to take part in and discuss plans with like-minded clubs from around the country. Club Matters: “Clubs and organisations all over the country are experiencing lots of challenges due to the coronavirus pandemic. Club Matters is here to help by giving you some tips, tools and ideas to help keep your club functioning and working with your members and customers!”
If you’re interested in seeing what Club Matters can do to help your club via these resources please click the logo below
After our successful launch of the online learner portal, British Wrestling is working on upskilling our Tutor, Assessor and Internal Quality Assurers (IQA) to offer the best learning experience for our wrestling community. All our Tutors and Assessors are being trained up on the 1st4Sport Level 3 Tutor and Assessor Qualification and our IQAs will be trained up to a Level 4 standards to meet the OfQual Delivery standards required for our coaching courses. We’re doing all we can to prepare our workforce to keep their teaching skills at the highest standards to train the next generation of wrestling coaches when the lockdown is lifted.
British Wrestling would like to thank our club community for coming together to support their wrestlers with the creative methods their implementing. Aspull Warriors Charlie Bowling has been running incredibly successful online wrestling workout sessions with over 50 participants per session. Impact Fitness Academy has been promoting an online social media campaign getting wrestlers sprawling. Middleton and Wirksworth’s Head Coach Dean has been running online sessions to support the local community. Thanks to all our clubs who have been keeping in touch with their members and helping people #StayInWorkOut.
British Wrestling has had great support from our volunteer base to produce some great online resources for our clubs to tap into. Thanks to Aspull Warriors and West London Wrestling Clubs for their support in putting the core exercises online campaign for our members and British Wrestling have put together a mobility exercises resource which can be both found on Facebook and Instagram.
Our volunteers are hard at work keeping content coming through for our members on social media, thanks to Adam Heiss for his continued contributions to our Facebook feed with past competition videos.