A pro wrestling promoter from St Helens has started searching for the next generation of grapplers by opening a new gym in his hometown.
Infinite Promotions owner Ciaran McConnell, 23, is passing on the vital skills in the ring to budding hopefuls at the Infinite Promotions Wrestling Gym.
It’s nice to bring something to the town which wouldn’t necessarily make it there otherwiseMedia manager Lauren Soar
Located in a former squash court at Duke Street gym Central Fitness, the gym trains grapplers of all standards ranging from those already on the books of the region’s promotions to people stepping through the ropes for the very first time.
Learners are in good hands as among those providing tuition are Gypsy John Kenny, a veteran from the World of Sport golden era, and two fighters of the current crop, CJ Banks and Delicious Danny Hope.
Media manager Lauren Soar, 30, said: “It’s nice to bring something to the town which wouldn’t necessarily make it there otherwise.
“The majority of people who have come so far are beginners, although we also have a couple of lads who are more established and take part in shows coming down to expand their knowledge and keep up their training.
“It’s nice to have a mix of abilities and it’s good to give people the opportunity to find out about pro wrestling and what goes on behind the scenes.
“Obviously it’s going to be quite a while but hopefully we will eventually be able to pick out a few people with a talent for it.”
The new wrestling facilities have also attracted some interest from people training in the MMA and boxing sections at Central Fitness.
As well as potentially finding St Helens grapplers to fill the ranks of local wrestling companies Lauren is keen to stress getting into the ring can be an excellent way of keeping fit for those who do not necessarily want to compete.
She said: “There’s a lot of benefits for health and wellbeing. While it would be nice to delve out the next star of WWE in St Helens it’s equally important to give people something they will enjoy rather than forcing them to go down to the gym if they hate it.”
Training sessions take place three nights a week with a beginners class on Saturdays, and the gym has also expanded to offer special private teaching with the pros on Sundays.
Tuition is on Tuesday and Wednesday evening from 7.30pm until 9.30pm and Thursday from 6pm until 8pm, with beginners’ tuition running Saturdays from 12pm until 3pm.
Classes are £10 and Sunday private tuition is £25 per hour for one person and £40 an hour for two.
To find out more, search for Infinite Promotions Wrestling Gym on Facebook.