New wrestling club to develop sport starting tonight in Kincorth

Cllr Ironside, seen here wrestling Johnny Saint at the Beach Ballroom in 1986

A new wrestling club for youngsters will start tonight at Kincorth Community Centre and is open to Primary one to secondary three.

The Aberdeen Wrestling Club is an Olympic freestyle wrestling club and will be overseen by top coaches.

It starts tonight at 6pm and is open to all youngsters keen on taking up wrestling.

Chairperson Len Ironside is a former European, Commonwealth and Scottish champion. Coach Mike Wallace is a British Wresting UKCC Level 2 coach.

Wallace is a former rugby league player who transferred to wrestling five years ago.

He fell in love with the sport training to gain a place in the Scottish Commonwealth Games squad.

An Aberdeen Wrestling Club statement said: “Our primary focus is getting more kids wrestling.

“We firmly believe that wrestling is a sport that develops life skills such as resilience, determination and respect and are keen to share that message through our sport.

“We will also be running adult classes, too, in due course.

“But for the time being we are looking to build our base from P1 to S3.

“We are open to both boys and girls who want to try something new, gain some new skills and learn a new sport.

“We have a fantastic committee in place who all agree on the club ethos and want to help develop the sport in Aberdeen.”

Wrestling is booming in the North-east with the success of Wrestlezone, which regularly packs out venues throughout the region.