A former industrial unit in Preston could become a training ground for the wrestling superstars of tomorrow.Advertisement
What was Amini Spices on St Marys Street in St Matthews has been rented by Preston City Wrestling (PCW).
PCW has been growing rapidly in popularity with sell out shows at Evoque Preston and a warmly received show on the Flag Market for Armed Forces Day.
An application from Steve Fludder, owner of PCW, states: “A professional wrestling training facility is planned.
“Professional wrestling is not a sport and is a form of entertainment and young people will learn to perform and be characters on wrestling shows.”
A wrestling ring is to be set up with crash mats around it. PCW is also planning to create a mock TV studio within the industrial unit.
Four part-time staff will be involved in running the training facility. Two parking spaces are to be provided.
Fludder wrote recently in his weekly column for the Lancashire Evening Post of his frustrations at the speed of the planning process.
He wrote: “Finally the academy cogs are still moving forward. Slowly and steady, but I am frustrated now with how long this has taken. Going via the council for the unit and the planning permission has been painfully slow.
“All I am awaiting now is some references to be returned to the council and I can sign the lease. So potentially next week I could have the keys with a view to opening right away. I just want to get this open now.”
The full plans are available to view on the city council website.
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