PROGRESS Wrestling has shared another update.
In a new update on some of the structural changes the promotion is undergoing, it revealed updates to some of the key aspects in those changes. One notable announcement from PROGRESS is that all UK talent, referees, crew and management will require a valid DBS check. According to Reed.co.uk, a DBS check is a record of a person’s criminal convictions and cautions – carried out by the Disclosure and Barring Service.
Update 3rd August 2020
Myself and James wanted to provide a further update in regards to the manifesto PROGRESS published last week.
The fans committee – this will be wholly independent of us, our only involvement has been to say we will make ourselves available for monthly (or more frequently if needed) conversations with them. Please contact Progressfancommittee @ gmail. com and they will advise on further details, they are in the process of putting together who will make up this group.
Merchandise and wrestlers – there will still be the ability for a talent to sell their own merchandise and interact with fans, if they decide to do this then there will be crew on hand to oversee the interactions. PROGRESS will sell the merch for the talent should that be a preferred option for them.
Club PROGRESS – further info will be sent out in the next few days to members as we are just finalising the London dates for 2021.
DBS Checks – For the avoidance of doubt UK talent, referees, crew and management will all require a valid DBS check.
Equity have today issued their industry advice – we would like to go on record and state we are happy to pledge our support for the criteria set out today which can be found here - https://www.equity.org.uk/speakingoutresponse
Fundamentally we are not taking anything for granted and know that putting our policies into practice is what we will ultimately be judged upon.
Back in June, PROGRESS announced that the company will shut down until they are happy with the changes they have made, saying they will pioneer the change that the industry needs.