Development, Coaching

Wrestling Delivers Development Programs in Africa

By United World Wrestling Press

CORSIER-SUR-VEVEY (June 20) -- As part of United World Wrestling’s broader initiative to secure future wrestling opportunities in Africa, the international federation for the sport delivered coaching courses following the 2019 African Wrestling Championships this March.

The courses were held in Namibia and Guinée Bissau and conducted by UWW Development Officer Vincent AKA (CIV) and UWW Educator Juan Luis MAREN (CUB).

An assistance program for underdeveloped wrestling nations was also introduced. In addition, United World Wrestling's Development Department conducted workshops for national federations to inform the leaders of development programs. 

Namibia Wrestling Federation President Magdalena KATIMBA attended the workshop and applied for an Olympic Solidarity Technical Course for her federation. Katimba launched a wrestling social grassroot development program throughout the country and conducted a talent identification program among the youth.At the African Championships, Namibia won its first cadet gold medal and first junior and senior bronze medals. 


Guinée Bissau performed well at the continental championships showed potential despite the difficulties faced by the country, said Maren. The wrestlers are currently training at the UWW African Training Centre under the expertise of Alexis RODRIGUEZ (CUB).

Following the course, Maren visited various clubs in Guinée Bissau to see the sporting infrastructure and assess the development needs of the national federation. 

A grassroot development program will be launched next year in both countries to further contribute to these activities and plan for the 2022 Youth Olympic Games and 2024 Olympic Games. 

Programs on refereeing, coaching and administration education are planned for this year in Chad, Uganda, Cameroon, Morocco and Guinea. 

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Development

Federacion Española de Lucha Concludes Two-Year UWW Grassroot Programme - Sport for All

By United World Wrestling Press

MADRID, Spain (November 13) -- FELUCHA concluded its UWW Grassroot Programme with El Club de Luchas Olimpicas Power in Torredelcampo, Andalucia.

The club hosted over 150 children from 3 to over 14 years old on a weekly basis. Thanks to the UWW Grassroot programme funding, the club promoted wrestling throughout the entire region to recruit more children and members to the club.


A variety of promotional activities were held between 2018 and 2019 for the children and youth to familiarize and practice various activities, including wrestling. The programme was open to all youth and children, including those from disadvantaged financial incomes. Training sessions were held in a variety of sports and activities, including swimming, hiking and wrestling. 

FEL President Javier Iglesias SERNA said, "The aim of the joint initiative was to create a variety of transversal activities to engage the youth and children of this region. We want the future generation to feel considered and part of the wrestling family."

 Educational sessions were also given to the physical education teachers on techniques, nutrition, psychology while keeping the focus wrestling as a valuable educational tool.


"We are very happy and thrilled with the outcomes of such small initiatives," said UWW Development Director Deqa NIAMKEY. "Federacion Espagnola de Lucha has been collaborating with UWW in the last years and is paving the way for the future generations of Spain. Now more than ever, we realize the importance of sport for all human beings, not only for the physical training but most importantly, the mental well-being. We want such initiatives within all our NF’s around the world as it is the first milestone to sports development from grassroots to elite."

Federacion de Lucha Espagnola President Francisco Javier IGLESIAS SERNA commented, "We thank UWW for its support with the Grassroot Programme - Sport for All project which has helped the development of Olympic wrestling in Spain. Spain is working on future projects in support of the base of Olympic wrestling with the creation of degrees to encourage young people and the help of sports equipment to clubs, with the support of the base we guarantee better training and greater opportunities for young people can reach technification with better training. We hope to continue counting on UWW's support for future projects."