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
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
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
"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
"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."
For more information, visit: http://www.cityofnewportgymnasticacademy.co.uk