YOUNGSTERS can learn to grapple, sleeper hold and choke slam under expert supervision as part of a Christian charity’s outreach bid.

Asher Ministries has set up a full-sized wrestling ring in its Clacton base to provide a new physical activity for teens in the area.

And a pair of local professional wrestlers - Richard Varty and Ryan Harris - have been brought in to lead the sessions every week, teaching youngsters the tricks of the trade.

Pastor Eamonn Black from Asher Ministries said: “It is not a usual sight to see a full-sized wrestling ring set up in a Christian charity building but it is one way we can reach the young people and get them involved here."

"It is one of the many facets of our vision to reach out to the community in a practical way."

The wrestling sessions run at the Station Road Asher Ministries base every Sunday, 6pm-10pm. It costs £15 per four-hour session or £40 for four weeks.

Read the full story in the current edition of the Clacton Gazette.