An academy that gives young people and adults in Northumberland the chance to get to grips with professional wrestling moves has gone from strength to strength in its first six months.
Brian Bell has been in the industry for 18 years as Assassin and, as well as working in the ring, he has helped to train many of the current North East scene.
Contract Wrestling Academy (CWA) was established with his partner, Lindsey Jordan, last year and sessions started in Bedlington in July.
There are about 50 people registered from across the county and an average of 30 to 35 a week come along to learn the ropes at its new venue, Blyth Comrades Club.
CWA purchased a wrestling ring in early September and 2018 promises to be an exciting year, especially as it will include some shows.
Lindsey said: “We have settled in incredibly well at Blyth Comrades Club since moving in December thanks to the committee staff.
“We’re delighted with how things are going so far and we’ve never seen so many excited young people as when we put up the ring for the first time.
“We recently set-up Contract Professional Wrestling (CPW), which will see us hosting professional wrestling shows. They will promote the outstanding talent in the North East and showcase our trainees when they are ready.”
CWA promotes a family atmosphere and get-togethers with the trainees and their families so far have included a Christmas meal, quiz and games night.
As well as activities to bring in funds for the academy, trainee Kevin Christer had his head shaved by Lindsey and other trainees for Macmillan Cancer Support, raising more than £150.
Another trainee Lewis Kelly, who does the British Wrestling’s Finest magazine, organised an event in Stobswood that achieved a total of £1,043 for George’s Journey – a fund set up by Lilian and George Pegg to support their son, George, by raising money for Muscular Dystrophy UK’s research. Lewis is George’s cousin.
The Wednesday sessions are as follows: ages five to nine (6.30pm to 7.15pm), 10 to 15 (6.30pm to 7.30pm) and 16-plus (7.30pm to 9pm).
The first CPW show will be held on April 6, at Blyth Comrades Club. For more details, email firstname.lastname@example.org