The popular wrestling club, based at Guru Nanak Satsang Gurdwara, has a proud tradition of offering many different activities and has launched a new football session for the over 35s which takes place on Sunday afternoons.
This is the latest in a wide range of initiatives the Wolves Foundation is supporting as part of Active Through Football, a Sport England project funded by the Football Foundation and focused on providing football-based activities. football in targeted communities in the city.
“Active Through Football is a five-year project to increase physical activity in the city through playing football,” says Liam Turner, Wolves Foundation’s Active Through Football Project Manager.
“We had been talking to Ranj (Wolverhampton Wrestling Club Head Coach and Project Manager Ranjit Singh) for a while and had seen the fantastic work that is being done at Gurdwara and were really keen to try and set up a partnership.
“It’s such an important venue that offers a range of sports for the whole community and we hope this football session, open to people of all abilities, will prove hugely popular.”
For Ranj, this is another great opportunity to attract more people to use the facilities at Gurdwara, a Sikh temple on Cannock Road, not far from Wolverhampton City.
Developed from a solid foundation as a wrestling club, they have laid down a path providing opportunities to progress from grassroots to elite level, producing three Commonwealth Games medalists and an Olympian in Amarjit Singh, who competed in the super heavyweight category. of freestyle wrestling at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996.
But, as its involvement in Active Through Football perfectly illustrates, the club goes far beyond the fight.
“It was the wrestling club that helped us establish ourselves in the community, but we offer multi-sport activities and lots of different activities,” confirms Ranj.
“And these activities are available for boys, girls, men and women, up to the elderly.
“The range of sports on offer includes soccer, tennis, boxing, family-friendly boxing classes, women’s yoga, MMA (mixed martial arts), and more.
“The great thing about all of this is that even though we are based in a Sikh gurdwara, we are open to everyone and a warm welcome is guaranteed for everyone.
“I would say that at least 60% of our participants at all levels are people of non-Sikh background, and we just want people in the community to come together and experience all the benefits exercise can bring.
“Sport is particularly important for physical health, but it’s also great for mental health and well-being, as well as socially, bringing people together, and we’ve always encouraged our club to be an open house.”
Ranj’s efforts in the local community have not gone unnoticed, and he has been named a ‘hometown hero’ for his contribution to this year’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
“We had actually discussed with the Wolves Foundation how maybe we could partner up and do something alongside their pre-pandemic football sessions,” says Ranj.
“Now we have been able to launch this new session, aimed at encouraging more people over the age of 35 to play more football.
“Again, everyone is welcome, as with all of our activities, whether you’re just starting out, haven’t played in a while or have already played a bit – it’s on an informal and fun-based.
“As well as football proper, we also have fitness programs and healthy eating programs produced for all of our sports that we can distribute to participants to help improve their physical and mental health.
“I would just encourage anyone interested to come over, meet new people, and have a go.”
Sessions are held from 1-2pm at Gurdwara on Sundays, located on Cannock Road, postcode WV10 0AL.
The courts are outdoors and participants are requested to dress in appropriate sportswear and bring football boots if possible.
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