Lancashire Wrestling Federation has had to shut its doors since the pandemic broke out in March.
Ste said the academy had “carried” his students through a tough second half of the year.
“They have been working on their characters.
“The better they get as wrestlers the more confident they start to feel.
“When you build a character, you put some of yourself into it.
“I think that’s helped carry them through this (pandemic).
“They have a sense of purpose which is huge, I think being a member of LWF has helped them through the lockdown.”
Carl has wrestled since 2006 and became a trainer for LWF in 2017.
Ste says Carl is a huge factor to the club’s sustainability.
Ste said: “Carl is constantly in touch with our students and puts in the hard work making sure they all stay focused.
“I would say he’s been a real constant to them. He has played a massive factor is the sustainability of our wrestling academy and helped create stars for us.”
Carl added: “The problem is for myself and a lot of trainees is that wrestling training is an escape for us.
“We see it as a great social thing and it’s been really hard missing that this year.”
Interest in the sport increases
Even though it is unable to open, the club has received a lot of interest from people wanting to join.
It received a government grant to help during the lockdown. This has meant they are in a stable position financially even if they aren’t able to reopen yet.
Ste said: “The frustrating part is we have new students wanting to sign up and aren’t able to. I don’t want them to lose interest. We must bring more people in and I’ve had a lot of interest,
"I’ll be annoyed if we lose that. I have been working my normal job at a warehouse during the lockdown, but I want to get back to what I love doing.”