10 December, 2019
One of Blaenavon’s newer, but most popular, sporting clubs has been awarded £250 from the Town Council for equipment and accessories.
Blaenavon Freestyle Grappling Club was formed by Lee and Carl Parker in 2000. They started off with about 20 members in the former Recreation Centre before moving into the old Scouts’ Hall on Llanover Road in 2004.
Today, the flourishing club has around 50 members, aged from nine (children’s classes) to 65 - adult classes are for age 13 years and over. It’s a ‘sportive’ organisation, offering opportunities for people to compete - or just lose weight and get fit.
Training sessions are held four times a week: Tuesday, 5-6pm children’s Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, 6.30-8pm adults’ Brazilian Jiu Jitsu; Wednesday, 6-7.30pm adults’ wrestling/grappling/MMA; Thursday, 5-6pm children’s Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, 6.30-8pm adults’ Brazilian Jiu Jitsu; Friday, 6-7pm open mat.
Cllr Alan Jones, presenting the cheque, said: “Blaenavon has a great tradition of sporting clubs, with the number of teams for all ages expanding by the day.
“The Grappling Club is now an established part of the wide range of sporting activities in the town catering for both children and adults. The Town Council is delighted to see how well it’s doing and pleased to support its future growth.”