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MPTC Schools Helping Out the Community at Hangar

Over the half term, Staff Miller (aka as our very own Coach James!) of MPTC Schools brought in several groups of recruits to do some volunteering at our centre, and to do some sports training in the gym.

MPTC Schools Group volunteering

James has been with us for years as a gym Coach and with his Military background from the Royal Marines, he started with MPTC working with Young People on alternative education and training.  James runs the Hangar early morning classes.

Six different groups attended throughout the rainy week we had!  They did some Boxing and Fitness classes upstairs and we discussed the content of our Impossible Is Nothing poster photographed here.

MPTC Schools Group volunteering

Creating Pathways MMA Summer School for Young People 2023Children

Creating Pathways MMA Summer School for Young People 2023

Creating Pathways MMA Summer School for Young People 2023

Welcome to our Scholarship Program!

For the summer of 2023, we have a total of 16 sessions of Mixed Martial Arts and Employability Training running from 1st August 2023 until 3th September 2023.

Young People between the ages of 15-21 are welcome to apply.

Successful students go FREE!

Apply to Join Summer School

Please note that spaces are limited, and not everyone will be successful – but we will let you know withing 48 hours of your application if you have secured a space.

  • Improve fitness and wellbeing
  • Improve strength
  • Get new skills
  • Learn about local training opportunities
  • Meet potential employers and training providers
  • Make new friends

The Summer School will comprise of at least 12 sessions of MMA Training, and 4 Employability Workshops.  Please only sign up if you are happy to attend all sessions as they combine together.  Eligible ages are 15-21 years old.

We’ll be working on:

Introduction to MMA
  • MMA Striking
  • Takedowns and wrestling
  • Submission wrestling (grappling)
  • MMA Kit (Protective equipment)
  • MMA History
  • Careers in MMA and Sports

Apply Here

Existing Youth Academy Members are also welcome to book this block of sessions as part of your Membership.


Freestyle Wrestling Classes Proving a Success for Children and Young People

We are currently the only Affiliated Wrestling Club in Wales.  Hangar Wrestling Club has been training adults in Freestyle Wrestling for 4 years, and our Coaches are from the highest calibre of backgrounds.  We currently have Arash Shojai and Amir Lak both who have wrestled since they were young, and it is their Cultural Sport.  We also have Ivaylo Sarov who has successfully introduced our Childrens Wrestling Program with 3 classes a week for children.

The children we train are from varied backgrounds and some where it is their Cultural Sport, with parents very keen to keep the practice going.  We have children from Russia, Ukraine, Dagestan and Sudan as well as from our locality too.  Community Sport is very important for them to make new friends, keep fit and get strong and we provide a family run environment and safe space for them to attend.  We also have free food on offer from our Community Pantry.

Coach Ivaylo at the United World Wrestling Veteran World Championships.


See some of the work we do with young people

Step Into Sport is just one project we’re involved with at Hangar Community Hub.  We Coach young people in MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) and help them find potential and new pathways in their lives.  We are a safe place, a community and a place to meet new friends.  This project has had fantastic results in prevention of crime in the local areas, and it is ongoing.


UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture Visits Us with Elite MMA Superstar Kenny Florian

It’s not every day we get visiting MMA Legends to our Cardiff Gym but that’s exactly what happened when PFL – Professional Fighters League – came to visit us.

In addition to an inspiring talk on their fighting careers, the UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture treated the Young People to some drills on the mats, and they got to partner up with MMA and BJJ Legend Kenny Florian for a session in the gym.