Celebratory event held to mark National Training Centre refurbishment - British Gymnastics

Celebratory event held to mark National Training Centre refurbishment

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The National Training Centre at Lilleshall has today opened its doors to key partners, Sport England, UK Sport, Serco and Gymnova, at a special celebratory event held at the home of British Gymnastics.

Thanks to a one million pound investment from Sport England and support from Serco and Gymnova, the facility was transformed across a three-month period at the end of 2019, before doors reopened in January.

Two months on and the new gym has provided a huge boost to the British squads as they prepare for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, as well as inspiring the many community clubs that train at Lilleshall on a daily basis.

Jane Allen, British Gymnastics CEO, speaking at the event, said: “We are delighted to introduce the fantastic new facilities here at Lilleshall. Thanks to our performance teams and the input of our creative staff, we have one of the best training facilities in the world which compliments the standard of our World Class Programme.

"British Gymnastics is extremely grateful for the invaluable support from Sport England, Serco and Gymnova for making this possible. I look forward to seeing more of our gymnasts making use of the new facility in the coming months as our preparations step up towards Tokyo 2020."

Gymnast from Idsall Gymnastics Club were training at the time of the event alongside the men’s and women’s artistic squads, which included world medallists Joe Fraser and Ellie Downie.

Speaking about the new facility, Ellie said: “To start the Olympic year training in this environment has been massively inspiring and given us all a huge motivational boost. When we walked through the gym doors for the first time everyone was blown away with how incredible the gym looks, and we just wanted to get started with training.”

Former gymnasts Beth Tweddle MBE, Dan Purvis and current men’s artistic gymnast Sam Oldham were also in attendance, with all having spent plenty of time at Lilleshall on squad training camps over the years.

Dan, a two-time Olympic gymnast, said: “The facility is fantastic! When I was younger the facility then was great, but for the kids that come to Lilleshall now and see the gym as it is, they’re training in a place filled with the best equipment in the world.

“I’m really happy for the guys that are training now, ready for the Olympics this year, that they get to train here, and I’m sure it’s going to help produce some brilliant results.”

Watch how the full refurbishment took shape.