The sport of gymnastics has taken another elegant leap into the spotlight locally, with the title of Cheshire West and Chester Council’s “Club of the Year” being awarded to Cheshire Gymnastics.
Already famous as the county that gave us Britain’s most successful gymnast, Olympic idol Beth Tweddle, Cheshire is also the home of a gymnastics club which has been recognised as one of the best places for sporty youngsters to develop whilst progressing towards their own goals and aspirations.
The ethos at Cheshire Gymnastics is one that captures all of the inspiration and excitement that young gymnasts have and provides them with a safe and fun environment in which they are nurtured and given the opportunity to develop to their full potential.
The club works with local primary schools, sports partnerships and leisure centres and has an incredibly active Young Leader programme which retains interest in teenage gymnasts who are looking for a way to support their gymnastics club and expand their own skill set and knowledge in a coaching capacity.
This gives them confidence and new skills and helps them to continue their development within the sport of gymnastics – just one of the many pathways which youngsters can choose to take when they join the club.
Not only has it been an award-winning year for the club, but also one of incredible expansion. Numbers at the club have grown by ten fold since 2011 and September 2013 brought two additional venues into the club’s family, adding facilities in Holmes Chapel and Knutsford with plans to open another facility in Middlewich.
The club is GymMark accredited, meaning governing body British Gymnastics has approved Cheshire Gymnastics as being a role model of “best practice” for other clubs across the country and members are enjoying the benefits of a rapidly growing reputation for excellence at their club.
The coaching team at Cheshire Gymnastics won’t be resting on their laurels, however, as the group of highly-qualified and dedicated coaches have plans for substantial investment in the organisation and equipment on offer at their sessions.
Mark Hudson, Managing Director at the club commented:
“ This is down to a one team approach of all the coaches and especially Laura Hudson who works tirelessly within the community and is an inspiration to us all”
Cllr Stuart Parker (Executive Member for Culture and Economy) commented at the awards:
“I am really pleased to see such a new club recognised for their hard work and commitment to the local community and their development work within the schools, I hope that they achieve their dream of providing a local centre of excellence within the area and go on from strength to strength”