Albanian Wrestling Federation working to grow and develop wrestling

By United World Wrestling Press

TIRANA, Albania (November 18) -– The Albanian Wrestling Federation, in partnership with the Albanian Olympic Committee, are working to grow and develop wrestling in their country.  After achieving the first gold medal in history of Albania, they decided to organize courses for their coaches and referees to help further their training.  The coaches participated in a Level 2 Course from 2-7 October.  The referees were originally scheduled to conduct the Introduction to Referee Course during the same week.  Due to unforeseen issues, the course was postponed until 3-5 November.

The Level 2 Coaching course was conducted by Mr. Mohamed Abdelfattah (USA/EGY) – UWW Coach Educator and former Olympian.  The course had 22 participants (20 men and 2 women).  “The participants were very disciplined, excited, and asked questions.  It was great to work with the Federation and coaches on their goal to win more medals in the upcoming Olympics.” said Mr. Abdelfattah.  The coach participants focused on many topics surrounding the idea of developing training sessions for wrestlers.  Some of the topics included coaching the basic skills or wrestling, introduction to performance analysis, theoretical framework to planning, practice plan essentials, strength and conditioning, and nutrition and weight management.  During the course, the coaches participated in practical assessments to demonstrate their knowledge.  “I want to say that it was a fantastic course something that all the coaches are thankful this opportunity.  In particular, I want to thank Mr. Mohamed for doing a wonderful job showing his passion.  His knowledge will definitely make us better.”  Mr. Sahit Prizreni – President of Albanian Wrestling Federation.

The Introduction to Refereeing course was conducted by Mr. Sherif Halawa – UWW Educator, IS and Olympic Referee.  This course had 14 participants (11 men and 3 women).  The referee participants focused on skills that would provide a solid foundation as a referee.  The areas they focused on were:  evaluation of holds, starting and ending matches, referee mechanics, positioning, safety of the athletes, and controlling the bout.  The participants learned these areas through theoretical and practical applications.  Then at the end of the course, the new candidates refereed their national championships.  This allowed them to use the skills that they learned during the course.  “I was so happy conducting this course in Albania with those new referees. They are really nice guys and they will be the future of refereeing in Albania and I am sure in the next few years many of them can be international referees.” said Mr. Halawa


Wrestling Academy Bern gets new training facility

By United World Wrestling Press

BERN, Switzerland (December 5) -- Wrestling Academy Bern officially opened a new training facility in Bern last month with much celebration. With an aim to bring wrestling out of the shadows in Bern and Switzerland, WAB has been making consistent efforts and celebrated a successful year with the opening of the new club.

The United World Wrestling has also donated equipment to WAB and has overviewed the constant progress of the club.

Around 130 guests attended the opening and among them were companions and supporters of the WAB, who contributed in various ways to the successful year of the young club.

The club was founded in 2018 and set itself a goal of constructing and expanding the training premises which was completed on November 25.

“Sport unites! The guest list is a mixed bag of people who are seeing a wrestling mat for the first time today and others who have been in the sport their whole lives," Robin Pietschmann, Team Manager, said emphasizing how representative the event is of an important cornerstone of the WAB.

The club was sourced via a crowdfunding project, which was carried out in the spring of 2022 on the “I believe in you” platform.

"The occasion is therefore also an opportunity for us today to say a big merci to those who have diligently supported and donated," Nadine Pietschmann added at the opening.

The WAB has successfully achieved promotion to the National League B [Swiss Wrestling Challenge League which the active team achieved a few weeks ago.

The Swiss Wrestling Federation also sent a representative to this special occasion. The head of the league, Gabriel Christen, congratulated the Wrestling Academy Bern on the new club and training facility and also emphasized the exemplary youth work of the young club.

"Nothing is as old as yesterday's success," emphasized Robin Pietschmann at the end, which in no way diminished the joy and pride of what was achieved. He also pointed that the next steps will be much more difficult than the previous ones.

The official part ended with a demonstration by some members of the WAB active team. The interested audience got a spectacular insight into the training operations and also into the basics of wrestling.