It's official: Alan is first qualified wrestling coach

CUMBERLAND and Westmorland Wrestling now has its first officially qualified coach.

Alan Jones, of Hallbankgate, was assessed as he took the hour-long weekly session at Carlisle Wrestling Club last week as the final part of the CWWA Coaching Certificate course. As usual, youngsters from Northumberland and West Cumbria joined those from the Carlisle area for a lively, active training session. As always, Alan Jones was super-critical of his own performance, seeing it as a stepping stone on the way to further improvements in his coaching style. He acknowledges that a glittering wrestling career does not automatically mean that you are an expert coach. En route to the qualification Jones has attended courses on Child Protection, Fitness Theory and Practice, and Principles of Education. He also demonstrated his ability to coach all the basic wrestling chips and then go into minute detail of the defences and combinations in any given situation. Finally, he had to have "the ability to plan, deliver and take full responsibility for an academy or school training session."

Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling has just taken its first step into the 21st Century. All that remains now is Criminal Records check, the First Aid Courses, the web-site, the Coaching Handbook, and so on! but at least a good start has been made.

The evening was rounded off by the presentation of trophies for the most successful wrestlers in the monthly Points Competitions which run throughout the indoor season. Newcomer Paul Murray, who travels from Arlecdon in West Cumbria to take part, did well in his first season to win the 6st trophy. Craig Ridley, a naturally gifted wrestler from Slaggyford near Alston, won both the 7st and the Under 12 Years. Watchai Noimai, from Anthorn and Richard Dixon from Lessonhall both also won a weight and an age-group. Sally Hird won the girls trophy after a close battle with Helen Housby.The men's lightweights was won by Andrew Carlile, the middleweights by Alan Walton and the Heavyweights by Russell Housby.

The organisers of the Folk Art Exhibition at the Barbican Centre in London are on the outlook for more wrestling costumes to display.

If any wrestler, or ex-wrestler has a striking wrestling strip that they could manage without for a month or two, all in the name of art and promoting our wrestling, please 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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