Thanks to advice and support from our Facilities team and funding from Sport England, a club in East Devon is on its way to relocating to a larger dedicated site after being removed from their previous home over a year ago.
Honiton Gymnastics Club is a medium-sized acrobatic gymnastics club in the south west of England that caters for recreational gymnasts and competitive acrobatic gymnasts.
In November 2018, the club had to leave Ottery Moor Lane and pack its equipment into storage due to redevelopment. This meant that a number of the club’s classes had to be relocated whilst it looked for a new venue.
During this period, Director at Honiton Gymnastics Club, James Reddy, got in touch with our Facilities team who helped with advice and guidance on subjects including accessing finance for a new facility and developing a business plan.
After some initial challenges, the club was able to relocate to a temporary venue and relaunch their recreational programme. The club have also been given funding from Sport England’s Community Asset Fund, a grant offered to sports clubs who wish to enhance local community spaces by encouraging people to play sport and get active. With this, they are now closer to obtaining a long-term venue.
James Reddy said: “Rob Hardy (Facilities Development Partner at British Gymnastics) has been very proactive in helping Honiton Gymnastics Club set out on our journey to securing our own venue.
“Although we still have a long way to go, Rob has helped us with working with key people at Sport England, supported us in meetings with them and with our district council, and has been our key contact throughout.
“He has provided insight, case studies from other clubs who are in similar situations to us, and advice that can help strengthen our business plan."
Available to all registered clubs and partners, the Facilities team are committed to helping members develop more sustainable, dedicated facilities to help increase the provision of gymnastics. The team can help identify accessible finance and support members with enquiries to local councils including planners and funders.
On our website you can find a number of case studies from clubs that have been helped by our team as well as our dedicated gymnastics facility development guide which goes through key points to consider when developing or looking for a new facility.
If you are a member club and would like to speak to our team about a facility project, please contact [email protected]