A new mixed martial arts gym will be opening in Bolton.

Team Sweeney Wrestling/Kaimans Academy/Bolton Top Team of Bolton are planning to open a new gym in the town.

The wrestling organisation consists of Mark Holmes, aged 51, and Dave Sweeney, aged 33, who between them teach a variety martial arts and fitness activities.

Mark said: “At the moment everybody knows me in Bolton anyway, when it opens up it’ll be like a ‘boom’, a big surprise kind of thing.

“We’re trying to sort keys out and funding. We’ve got the place but for the funding I have a meeting about getting it, we’re doing it for the community so we’re trying to get funding from Bolton CVS.”

The Bolton News: Dave Sweeney has 'travelled around the world' doing pro wrestlingDave Sweeney has 'travelled around the world' doing pro wrestling

Mark also said how Team Sweeney Wrestling are making sure to get the correct accreditation for the gym as well to make sure it’s all certified.

He added: “I’ve been teaching for over 25 years now.

“We’re trying to get the funds to do the gym up, equipment and get set up and started.

"We haven’t got funds at the moment so it’s about getting the funds to do it.

“Every walk of life people want to fight, want to train and enjoy themselves, learn something new, for kids, for women, basically for the community.

The Bolton News: Mark Holmes has been teaching for over 25 yearsMark Holmes has been teaching for over 25 years

“I’ll be doing Thai boxing and my partner will be wrestling, he’s travelled all around the world pro wrestling, professional mixed martial arts.

“Other instructors will come in to teach wrestling, MMA, submission, grappling, and more, we’re catering for everybody.”

If you’d like to contribute to funding the gym, here is the link to their GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/f/new-community-combats-sports-gym-coming-soon.

If you’d like to get in contact with Teem Sweeney Wrestling, contact Mark on 07770 741 229.