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****** Over £1,000 of training seminars for FREE!! ******

Snake Pit Wigan is the home of Catch wrestling. Roy Wood is the Head coach and has dedicated his life to coaching wrestling. More recent years he has committed to reviving the original style of Catch.

Members are usually required to do online applications followed by interviews for selection for training. Why? Because coach Wood cares more for quality than quantity and wants dedicated athletes committed to preserving this incredible sport.

Every year we offer FREE places for Scholarship as we understand that there may be committed, focused and dedicated people who fit this criteria, who would love the opportunity but genuinely cannot afford to train. 

There is no catch to this offer... excuse the pun! 

The scholarship allows access to all sessions this year both GB seminars, international week and competition and is therefore giving over £1,000 of free training!

Roy Wood has coached for over 50 years.Some achievements include...Olympic Games - 2012 - Coach - Guam
Commonwealth Juniors coach - India
Coach of the Year - Wigan Coach of the Year - Manchester
"Be Inspired" and "Leaving a Legacy" award at the greater Manchester Awards ceremony.
He has coached athletes from around the world including America, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Brazil, Japan, Guam and many more And worked out in Japan for many years (this picture is him at 50 years of age fighting in Yokohama arena)

Anyone serious, committed and genuinely interested please email and we would love to help the right person!



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