NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - The Little Hammers Wrestling Club is the only wrestling club in North Platte to wrestle all year, and they now have a new home.
The Little Hammers Wrestling Club has moved into a new building, with more space for the wrestlers (Credit: Patrick Johnstone/KNOP-TV)
Little Hammers owner and coach Craig Kelley is very excited about the move, and said a lot of work went into getting the new building ready.
"There's a lot of rooms, a lot of walls we tore down, a lot of painting. We were in here every weekend for about two months straight, and a lot of parents helped. It took a group effort. Without a lot of parents in this group, it wouldn't have happened," Kelley said.
The old building was cramped for the club, and limited the number of kids who could attend practices and camps, but the new building provides way more space to get things done.
"Obviously we love the space, but, if I could ever envision a space to have a club, this would be it," Kelley said.
Right inside the front door, there is an area for parents to sit during practices, and there is event a window for parents to watch. In the old building, parents had to sit on the mats, limiting space even further. There is also a playroom, for parents to leave younger kids in during practices. Previously, younger children would also be on the mats.
The space also allows Kelley to take up more room during practices, and they have added other amenities for the wrestlers to use.
"The biggest change is in our warm-ups, the way we warm up. There was such a tight room, that we couldn't do a lot of the stuff that we did. We have rope climbs, we have pull-up bars, we have medicine balls, box jumps. Basically everything a wrestler's dreaming. They don't even know they're working out," Kelley said.
Overall, Kelley is very happy with the decision to move, and how the new building turned out.
"Honestly, long term goal, this is it. This is everything I could've dreamed for. This is what me and my wife envisioned when we started this club," Kelley said.