Updated: Apr 5, 2021
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – April 5, 2021 – For the first time in Central Coast history, an official Olympic Regional Training Center will come to San Luis Obispo to offer Freestyle, Greco and Collegiate style wrestling training to beginner, intermediate, and advanced wrestlers. This RTC and Sports Club will allow the community to integrate all levels of wrestling, including Division I, community college, high school, middle school, and youth level student-athletes. The organization today announced the need to fundraise $15,000 in reoccurring monthly donations for the 3-year lease of the new facility. These funds will go directly toward improving the facility and allowing local wrestlers to utilize it.
“The Central Coast RTC and Sports Club is being created for our community – giving wrestlers of all ages and experience levels the opportunity to train together year-round,” said Jon Sioredas, Head Wrestling Coach at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. “The cost to train at the facility is roughly $100 per wrestler. A $500 sponsorship will ensure 5 wrestlers get the opportunity to train at the Central Coast RTC. Through those sponsorships, donors and/or the coaches can select the wrestlers who the sponsorship will go toward. We’re hoping it’ll help people see the real impact this RTC is going to have on local wrestling programs.”
The space is 6,000 square feet, which includes male and female locker rooms and 5,000 square feet for wrestling mats. The building has 40-foot ceilings and retractable curtains that allow for indoor/outdoor training. With the sponsorship funding, the RTC will be adding new UWW wrestling mats, wall padding, and branding throughout the facility. Additionally, there will be an elite level coach that will be hired and designated to the training and development of this facility, RTC practices, club practices, and competition.
The Central Coast RTC plans to officially open to the public on Aug. 1, 2021. To learn more about the Central Coast RTC or to donate, visit: http://centralcoastrtc.org/
RTCs unify the American wrestling community under one goal to advance the sport at all levels. The purpose of the USA Wrestling RTCs are to allow individuals to achieve their full human and athletic potential. The RTCs provide qualified youth athletes and Olympic Hopefuls access to elite level coaches, high level training partners and world class facilities in a safe local environment. RTCs should mirror USA Wrestling’s mission, vision and values.A key focus is to raise the relevancy of wrestling on college campuses. Within NCAA rules, RTCs provide additional opportunities for college coaches to further develop and enhance their individual program. This cooperative effort strengthens the connection between the Olympic Movement and college athletics. RTCs will enhance the development of America’s youth athletes, college student-athletes and elite Olympic hopefuls in the international disciplines. For additional information, visit: https://www.teamusa.org/usa-wrestling/team-usa/regional-training-centers