Academy quartet flourish

CUMBRIA'S four Wrestling Academies are flourishing in 2005 after a sticky beginning to the indoor season last Autumn.

The New Year has brought a lot of young lads and a few girls onto the mats at Carlisle, Kendal, Milnthorpe and Waberthwaite.

Kendal Academy is booming after some time in the doldrums. Senior Coach, John Wilson, supported by 14st Champion, Joseph Robson, has been inundated with youngsters this season, nearly too many to cope with, he says.

There are so many wrestlers that the weekly internal competitions which were aimed at adding a bit of spice to the training sessions take up most of the time available.

The Academy still lacks active senior wrestlers, but they have an excellent base for future years if the present enthusiasm continues.

Kendal Academy meets each Friday at 7.30pm, with their Final Night and Trophy Presentation taking place on March 4.

Nearby Milnthorpe Academy was short of wrestlers initially this year, but is now working at full capacity.The coach, David Parsons, prefers to work with about a dozen wrestlers.

Milnthorpe Academy focuses on youngsters in the ten to 15 years age-group at present, and recently had their first girl taking part in training sessions.

It is planned for Carlisle youngsters to share a session of training at Dallam Sports Pavilion this week, so she may have some female reinforcements.

A session of coaching the coaches will take place at Milnthorpe as part of the Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling Association Certificate course. Milnthorpe meets each Thursday at 6.45pm.

Waberthwaite Academy, seems a long way from the other wrestling academies, but the CWWA Coaching initiative is keeping them in touch with other centres.

Their academy, too, has a good basis of young wrestlers this year after their coach, Tom Porter, visited local village schools to give taster sessions to the youngsters. Last week, Senior Coaches from Carlisle went down to participate in training at Waberthwaite Village Hall, and saw some lively young wrestlers in action, as well as furthering the Coaching Scheme.

Wabertwaite's training night is Wednesdays at 7.30pm

Carlisle Wrestling Club had a surge of youngsters through the doors in the New Year so that the Gym at Currock House is circled by young wrestlers, parents and onlookers each Wednesday evening.

The main coaches this year are Tom Harrington, Alan Jones and Andrew Carlile and they can be well pleased with the quality of wrestling they have inspired.

The main focus is on training rather than competition, but once a month the whole session is given over to the Points Competition which runs throughout the indoor months.

There is no Academy in Northumberland at present, but two Northumbrians, Darren Whitfield and Keith Younger are planning to attend a coaching session at Carlisle prior to the Coaching Day on 6th March.

Wrestlers who have already gained their Basic Coaching Certificate will meet at Currock House, Carlisle to try to gain the main CWWA qualification for coaches. The Course will involve lectures on fitness and exercise, and principles of education.

Also on the same day is the Scottish Open Under 21 Championships with 19 boys categories and 18 for girls. The event takes place at Barmulloch Community Centre.

For details contact me on 016974 73559

Written by © Roger Robson. Photographs by © Roger Robson, Julian Richardson or Linda Scott (May 4th 2011)

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