Over the past 12 months a number of clubs in the North West have moved or are moving into new dedicated facilities. Many of these developments have taken up the opportunity to convert industrial units into gymnastics centres.
These new centres are helping the sport in the region move forwards, increasing participation at all levels and improving the quality and diversity of activities being delivered to gymnasts.
Gym Mania, Wallasey Gymnastics Club and Preston Trampoline Club are examples of three clubs who have either recently moved into a new facility or are currently in the process of developing a new centre.
Gym Mania are mainly a recreational gymnastics club based in Fleetwood that deliver sessions aimed at fun and enjoyment. The club with over 400 members was operating from a small community centre where equipment had to be put up and down each session. Gym Mania have now moved in to their own dedicated facility that has allowed the club to improve the quality of activities being delivered. The bright, colourful centre has various pieces of dedicated equipment aimed at younger and recreational gymnasts.
Preston Trampoline Club moved into their facility 12 months ago. The facility has nine trampolines and is now able to offer sessions for a wider customer base and has increased its membership and work with disabled people. The club is now looking to expand further and will soon house a sensory room to further increase opportunities for disabled people.
Wallasey Gymnastics Club’s new facility is currently under construction. The club is converting a community centre that was badly fire damaged into a large facility that will include a full length tumble track. Work on the centre is continuing and will complete over the next few months.
These three new facilities along with others in the region are helping to grow and develop gymnastics. More people are now taking part in gymnastics and the range of disciplines and activities are growing.