Winter Programme Ahead

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The season of mists and mellow fruitfulness is well nigh spent and outright Winter and dark nights are looming, but one group of people think it is a good idea to hold a sheep show, hound trails, fell races, and wrestling in a boggy field half way up a mountain, tomorrow. Buttermere Shepherds’ Meet and Show defies logic and common sense in its choice of place and date, and I must be mad to go there, as I do, so enjoyably every year.The Winter wrestling programme is in full swing. Five academies are in action, the Presentation Dinner is on bonfire night, and a week later, on Saturday, November 13th, Milnthorpe hosts the Academy Shield at Leasgill Atheneum, a village hall near Heversham.

In the far West of the Lake District, Waberthwaite Academy meets each Tuesday except next week when the hall is being painted. Governing Board member, Tom Porter is in charge, and Ashleigh Killip is the coach. They hope to have a full team for the Academy Shield although they are struggling at 14 and 15st.

The Kendal area is served by two academies: Milnthorpe and Kendal. David Parsons runs the Milnthorpe Academy each Thursday at 6.45pm. At first they had the same wrestlers as last year, but some newcomers have now arrived. The academy is dominated by the younger wrestlers and is without one of its coaches, Ian Parsons, who is recovering from illness.Kendal Academy meets on Fridays in the South Lakes Leisure Centre, from 8 to 10pm. Their main coach is John Wilson, but in his absence Chris Bland has been in charge. In the past a feature of the Kendal Academy was the weekly competitions, but that has been changed to a monthly session, when round robins provide a full session of wrestling action.

The Rothbury Academy is the only one to continue throughout the year. At present they meet at Rothbury Middle School on Wednesdays at 6.30pm for Under 11s and 7.30 for the older ones. At present they have about 15 in the younger age group and 20 in the second section. Expertise is provided by Jason Davidson and Darren Whitfield.

Carlisle Wrestling Academy in 1909

Meanwhile Carlisle Wrestling Club, celebrating forty years of action, is best endowed with coaches. How can a wrestler fail to improve if Tom Harrington, Alan Jones, Andrew Carlile and David Atkinson are mentoring him, and of course, her? The club is starting promptly at 7.30pm each Wednesday this year and has a wide range of wrestlers taking part. The first Points Nights are on the 3rd (Juniors) and the 10th November (Seniors), only just in time for the selection of the team for the Academy Shield which is so frequently retained by the club.

It goes without saying that anyone of any age, male or female who wants to train in our great Northern traditional sport will be welcomed at any of the academies. (Phone me on 016974 73559 for further details)

Saturday, 23rd October 2pm, Buttermere Show U12/U15/U18/Girls/12½/AW
Friday, 5th November CWWA Presentation Dinner. Tickets available from Alf Harrington and Board Members £20 (Juniors £10)
Saturday, 13th November, Academy Shield at Leasgill Atheneum, Near Heversham

Written by © Roger Robson. Photographs by © Roger Robson, Julian Richardson or Linda Scott (October 21st 2010)

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