Demand prompts search for new gym facility

CLEVEDON’S popular gymnastic club is on the search for new premises to provide better facilities for its expanding membership.

The club is currently based at East Clevedon Hall in Old Street but has outgrown the building, which has now been put up for sale.

Owned by Maxine Quantrill, Clevedon Gymnastic and Leisure Club has more than 200 members ranging in age from 18 months up to adults, taking part in sessions five days a week.

However, its current base means they can only practice on a floor which is smaller than the standard size used in competitions.

Maxine said: “Our new site is going to have to be an industrial unit as we are looking for about 10,000 square feet.

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“We don’t have a full floor at the moment so the gymnasts do brilliantly when they are on bigger floors at competitions.”

Maxine has owned the club since 2008 and has seen it expand to provide more classes for preschool-aged children as well as dedicated sessions for male gymnasts. This demand now means the club needs new premises.

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To help fund the move, applications for grants will be made and, once new premises are found, it is hoped a full-size sprung floor can be installed along with training pits.

A larger facility will also mean all equipment can be left out, compared with the current situation which sees coaches and gymnasts having to repeatedly set out and then put away what they need.

Maxine also hopes the club will be able to provide sessions for youngsters with additional needs and trampolining classes. She also hopes the club can work with schools in the future.

* For more details about Clevedon Gymnastic and Leisure Club call 01275 342068.

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