ymca wildcats

The Manchester “Wildcats” Freestyle Wrestling Club formerly known as the Manchester YMCA Wrestling Club was formed in 1912 and became a founding affiliate of the then British Wrestling Association. Since that time they have trained many hundreds of individuals in the art of freestyle wrestling and produced and hosted champion wrestlers along the way. Freestyle Wrestling is an ideal sport for youngsters as it caters for their natural wish to “fight”, sometimes regardless of gender. Manchester “Wildcats” provides a safe, clean and disciplined environment to channel this natural energy into a sport that has clear goals and rewards at the level of both the amateur sportsman and woman. However, people, regardless of gender, age, size and physical ability are drawn to wrestling for the simple reason that it is fun. The sport provides the opportunity for learning and accepting discipline with the result of both strengthening of the body and the mind. Our Club has a tuition and practice programme designed to cater for the needs of the novice wrestler, those with intermediate skills, through to the more advanced wrestler. Wherever possible, junior members are encouraged to participate in regional, national and international events. The “Wildcats” also help with the take-up of the sport in schools through the British Wrestling Association’s “Grassroots” programme. Junior wrestling classes take place on Saturday mornings 11am-12.45pm.