More Than Just A Gym...



The Y Club is home to the Manchester YMCA Wildcats wrestling club. Formed in 1912 the club has had a long tradition of Olympic wrestling with several members having represented their country at Commonwealth, Olympic and British championship level along with professional MMA fighters.

Freestyle wrestling is an activity driven by goals. You may be a recreational wrestler practising for general fitness regardless of age, through to a hard driven, ambitious athlete aiming for honours at both national and international levels. Whatever the case it is necessary to train regularly and diligently and, in that way one’s aspirations may be realised.

The club has a tuition and practice programme designed to cater for the needs of the novice wrestler, those with intermediate skills through to the more advanced wrestler. Wherever possible our members are encouraged to participate in UK regional and national events. We also help with the take-up of the sport in schools through the British Wrestling Association’s “”Grassroots”” programme. There are over 70 active club members: 20 Seniors (ranging 20 to 70 years +) and 50 Junior/Schoolchild and Mini wrestlers (ranging 4 to 19 years).

The Y Club has fully qualified and experienced coaches who are able to put you through your paces improving your fitness, strength, stamina, speed, flexibility and skills. Whether you are a wrestler at competition level, intermediate or beginner, an MMA fighter looking to work on wrestling techniques or a complete novice our classes are suitable for all!

Wrestling takes place Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons.

So, if you are interested in learning more about Freestyle Wrestling, either as an individual or organisation, please contact the wrestling club by calling Dale on 07870 642273 or email You can also visit the website

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Opening Hours

  • Mon - Fri 06:00 - 22:00
  • Saturday 08:00 - 19:00
  • Sunday 08:00 - 18:00

Last entrance 1 hour before closing. Use of facilities ends 30 minutes prior to closing.

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