Newport Gymnastics Academy given new lease of life





Following an increased interest in membership following the success of London 2012, City of Newport Gymnastics Academy has transformed a disused industrial unit into a dedicated training centre equipped with Olympic apparatus including a competition sprung floor.

Once operating out of three old squash courts, the venue did not have the adequate space to cater for the high demand to provide quality artistic gymnastics provision within the academy.

With the support of Welsh Gymnastics and Sport Wales, the gymnastics academy now resides in a large purpose-built facility which has resulted in a safer training environment.

Sport Wales supported the project by granting £16,969 through development grant funding. This funding contributed to the purchase of a FIG approved sprung floor, as well as identified coach education.

Julie Rotchell, Sport Wales South East Area Manager said:

"The Community Sport Strategy encourages the creation of opportunities through providing inspirational environments, and this new facility is doing just that. The move has provided a more suitable and appropriate venue for both the sport and the club. It's a really inviting and exciting space for the gymnasts and coaches to work in which will be really enticing and encouraging for attracting new members and allowing the club to thrive and grow."

The academy's aim will now be to grow - the new facility, which opened in May 2013, will be able to offer members a more varied programme and serve as a pathway to performance gymnastics - becoming an engine for gymnastic development in Newport.

Since relocating, the club has already welcomed approximately 70 new members and increased its workforce by recruiting and deploying additional coaches and young leaders.

Aled Jones, South East Wales Club Development Officer for Welsh Gymnastics added:

"It's fantastic to see the City of Newport Gymnastics Academy operate from a dedicated gymnastics facility. Not only has this allowed the club to engage with more children and young people, but the new facility has allowed the club to create a great training and learning environment for both recreational and competitive gymnasts alike.

"The new facility has also helped create partnerships with other local community sports groups, helping identify the City of Newport Gymnastics Academy as a thriving community sports club."

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