Notts gymnast numbers set to grow

Date: Friday 30 September 2016

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We’re helping Notts Gymnastics Academy to develop wider participation in the sport by providing funds to support the creation of a new satellite club.

Our East Midlands team has made a generous £1,000 donation to the academy, which will be used to pay for hall hire at a nearby leisure centre, coaches and equipment.

Notts Gymnastics Academy, based in a purpose-built centre close to Rushcliffe Leisure Centre, West Bridgford, is a 1,000-member gymnastics club open seven days a week.

Adam Folwell, Academy Performance Director for the Academy, says: “We currently have a waiting list with around 850 children on it. The donation from Taylor Wimpey will help us run additional classes at the local leisure centre so that we can get more children involved in this wonderful sport.

“By adding classes at the leisure centre, we will be able to create another 120 spaces within our gymnastics for all discipline, with a view to rolling the concept out across Nottingham if it proves to be a success!”

This isn’t the first time we’ve supported Notts gymnasts – last year we donated £620 towards the cost of sending a squad to a competition in Malta, and earlier this year donated £250 towards a set of ‘Rio’ competition asymmetric bars.

“We would like to say a massive thank you to Taylor Wimpey for their ongoing support. It is very much appreciated,” Adam continues.

The Academy caters for a full range of gymnasts, with classes for pre-school children, adults and all ages in between. From the age of five, students can enter competitive squads which start with foundation classes and move up to elite level. Two students have been selected for the Great Britain Olympic squad and are currently competing in Rio.

“As a not-for-profit organisation, funding from companies like Taylor Wimpey makes a huge difference to us,” Adam adds. “You would think that with two Olympic athletes at our Academy we would have more national companies knocking on the door to sponsor us, but that’s not the case, so we rely on local businesses to help keep us going.”

Lucie Grundy, Sales Manager for Taylor Wimpey East Midlands, says: “As a housebuilder working in the Nottingham area, we feel it is very important to support the communities in which we are building.

“We are pleased we can continue to help such a wonderful sporting venture, and hope that our donation helps encourage more youngsters to take up this fantastic sport.”

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