With the aim of prioritizing the safety and well-being of athletes, Welsh Wrestling welcomes recent updates to British Wrestling’s coach licensing policy.
The new policy underlines a commitment to safeguarding through additional requirements for Level 1 coaches and implements officials’ licensing for all officials involved in the sport. These changes implemented from 1st January 2024 are aimed at creating a secure and nurturing environment for all participants.
A copy of the policy is now available on the website policies page here.
Why Safeguarding Matters?
Safeguarding in sports is paramount, and Welsh Wrestling is committed to upholding the highest standards in this regard. The new coach licensing policy now requires all Level 1 coaches to undergo specific safeguarding training. This training will ensure that coaches are well-prepared to recognize, respond to, and prevent any form of abuse, be it physical, emotional, or psychological, within the wrestling community.
Coaches requiring training can find details of appropriate courses here.
We understand that safeguarding extends beyond coaching and to address this, the British Wrestling has introduced officials licensing that incorporates bespoke safeguarding training. This initiative aims to ensure that every individual involved in the sport, not just coaches, is equipped with the tools to promote safety and protect athletes.
Officials licensing includes tailored safeguarding training that focuses on the specific roles and responsibilities of officials in wrestling. This training designed with support from experienced officials and safeguarding experts will help officials recognise signs of abuse, respond appropriately, and ensure that events are conducted in a safe and secure manner.
We are aware that British Wrestling will be in touch with all officials to invite them to the training at an appropriate time.