British Wrestling has been working hard to support our community Wrestling Clubs. In partnership with Sport England, British Wrestling has supported 14 clubs around England through the Together Fund.
This has helped these wrestling clubs with the regrowing their clubs after the turbulent years. This fund is a continuation of the Tackling Inequality Fund, this fund existed to reduce the negative impact of coronavirus and help community groups to grow and help more people. The Together Fund money was invested in three key audiences:
Each week we will be showcasing a club and the projects they delivered using the funds.
Thanks to Sport England for their support with the fund.
Nottingham Outlaws Junior Wrestling Club
The project Nottingham Outlaw (the club) proposed was to allow delivery of more sessions to the local community. In particular they aimed to deliver an additional session for their Juniors as well as a new session targeted at females from BAME backgrounds. They are based in the lowest 5% most deprived areas in the country.
As a result of the cost of living crisis, the club saw an urgent need for low socio-economic and culturally diverse areas to experience positive experiences that increase activity levels, raise confidence and self-esteem. The areas of Arnold, St Anns and Sneinton are some of the most culturally diverse and yet deprived areas of the country and if successful, it is these areas we wish to target. Wrestling provides unique experiences in which to engage people who form positive relationships and during these difficult socio-economic times, we feel building these relationships will help tackle loneliness, anxiety, and negative mental health.
The club said: “This project allowed us to satisfy the demand for more sessions for young people allowing an extra 25 young people to join the club. For the female led sessions, we had a good turnout and there was also good attendance during these sessions”.
The club said: ‘the club delivered women’s Health and Fitness and Wrestling sessions within our local areas in order to engage our local communities to inculcate a positive mental approach to these difficult times. Targeting Women to engage in in these sessions will, we hope, ensure that many women will benefit from raised self confidence in body image through increased levels of fitness, self-esteem and positive mental health.
The first two sessions will be a getting to know each other and mental health awareness. Strategies to recognise and tackle mental health issues will be shared. The third and fourth sessions focused on mobility and movement with yoga and aerobic aspects included in the sessions. The final two weeks was Wrestle-Fit sessions which introduced the ladies to the movements involved in Wrestling.
The project added new sessions to the clubs timetable. The first is a additional session of wrestling to add to the two that the club currently run. This will be tailored to juniors and will be your standard wrestling session. The club said: “The reason for this is because we are absolutely maxed out on two of our sessions and there is the demand to deliver an additional session each week. Hopefully beyond this funding period this session will become sustainable in its own right”.
Our Development Manager, Andreas Michaelas says “we’re delighted to see how much the sport of wrestling has grown and developed from the support given by Sport England through the TIF and Together Fund. We’re excited to see how much more community wrestling can grow and support their local communities”.
Below in the download section, you have access to the complete case study of the TIF Fund completed in partnership with Sports Structures. Further
Any questions about the case study please contact British Wrestling Development Manager at: email@example.com.