Trainers in abundance as the wrestling mats get busy

CUMBERLAND and Westmorland Wrestling coaching can seem a solitary business at the smaller academies, such as Milnthorpe, where David Parsons is usually the only trainer on the mats.

Last week was considerably more crowded when lads from Carlisle Wrestling Club joined in his training session for the first part of the evening, and coaches from Carlisle and Kendal congregated for a discussion session prior to this week-end's CWWA Coaching Course at Carlisle.

There were no such things as coaching qualifications for the likes of Jack Thackeray who was the main coach at Kendal Academy over many years when it met at the Bryce Institute in Burneside.

Now, however, the trend is towards formal qualifications in all areas, and our local wrestling is no exception.

Already there is a cohort of wrestlers with the CWWA Basic Coaching Certificate, but Sunday's Course will move on a stage further, with lectures on the theory of fitness and on educational principles, before an afternoon of assessment of coaching skills in Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling.

At a later date each candidate will be assessed in a "real life" situation when they take responsibility for a coaching session at an academy, school or youth club, before gaining the CWWA Coaching Certificate.

Carlisle Wrestling Club has always been fortunate in the number of committed individuals who support the academy, so, even in thin times there is always mutual support for the coaches.

Carlisle Wrestling Club has always been fortunate in the number of committed individuals who support the academy, so, even in thin times there is always mutual support for the coaches.

This week was far from thin when Wigton Young Farmers Club joined the regulars on the mats for a hectic wrestling session.

With Tom Harrington, Alan Jones, Andrew Carlile, Joe Harrington and John Harrington and Richard Dixon all weighing in with coaching advice for the novices, they could scarcely avoid improvement.

And the three girls who took part looked particularly dangerous!

DATES

Sunday March 6: 9.30am to 4pm CWWA coaching course at Currock House, Carlisle.

Wednesday March 9: Carlisle Wrestling Club final points and presentation night

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

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