Local youngsters will soon be able to take advantage of state of the art wrestling equipment and coaching thanks to a new National Lottery funded project.
Manchester YMCA Wrestling Club is launching the WildcatsAcademy this month, an initiative to attract more young people to the club throughout 2011. The Academy will offer brand new equipment and a quality coaching experience with a strong drive to uphold the national priority of sustaining participation in wrestling amongst school leavers aged 16-17. The WildcatsAcademy offers junior wrestling sessions twice a week at the Y Club in Castlefield.
The new sporting opportunities have been made possible by a £9,624 grant from Sport England which is working with local communities to get people playing more sport. The club has also had help from Greater Sport and the British Wrestling Association.
Bill Cooper, Manchester YMCA Wrestling Club’s Chairperson, said:
“Manchester YMCA Wrestling Club is a strong local club with a long and successful history but we’re always looking to improve and attract more young members. The WildcatsAcademy project is improving the whole Wildcats experience and giving people in Greater Manchester the opportunity to wrestle competitively. We’re delighted to have received Lottery funding to make it all happen.”
Sport England invests National Lottery and Exchequer funding in projects that will grow and sustain participation in grassroots sport and create opportunities for people to excel at their chosen sport.
Judith Rasmussen, Sport England’s Regional Lead for Manchester, said:
“Athletes of all abilities need the right equipment so that they can take up a sport, play and compete to their full potential. The new equipment at Manchester YMCA Wrestling Club will really help to get more local people taking up wrestling.”
The British Novice Championships competition will be held at the YMCA Club on Sunday 23rd January. The event will be a great opportunity to see the facilities and the wrestlers in action. Anyone interested in attending please contact Bill Cooper on 07794 368 008