We have joined forces with organisations across the sporting sector to call for a Sport Recovery Fund to help grass roots sports clubs survive and come through the pandemic.
The effects of further lockdowns across the UK over the last couple of months has resulted in closures of grassroots sport, fitness and leisure and has raised fears about the future of community sport.
The gymnastics community has worked extremely hard over the past few months to try and create Covid-secure environments to allow for gymnastics to be brought back. However, these latest government measures have halted the progress made by our registered clubs and partners and has created further uncertainty for the future of many.
Gymnastics is widely recognised as a sport that develops core skills at a very early age. The foundation skills and activity habits that children learn mean they can retain an active lifestyle as they get older. The sport also helps build resilience, grow determination and improve confidence as well as focusing on teamwork and leadership – all valuable life skills.
Whilst necessary measures have been brought in to curb the spread of the virus, the impact of lockdown has resulted in clubs having to close and children missing out on the physical and mental health benefits of being active with their friends at gymnastics.
Without emergency support, the future of many sports clubs and leisure centres, based at the heart of our communities, is at risk.
Dave Marshall, Participation Director said: "This year has been nothing like anything many of us have experienced in our lifetimes."
"The pandemic has put seismic pressure on all levels of our sport, but in particularly at grassroots, where many children have lost the opportunity to take part in sport with their friends.
"Gymnastics is a sport loved and shared by participants of all ages and offers many benefits to physical and mental health however, many places, where participants enjoy our sport, are at risk of being lost.
"Although measures have been brought in to support most businesses in this country, particularly community sport organisations thanks to the work of Sport England, we need further reassurance from the government that all clubs and partners part of the sports sector are able to access the levels of financial support they need to survive the pandemic."
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