Town urged to back club expansion
PUBLISHED: 10:00 14 November 2013
A THRIVING gymnastics club in Nailsea is looking to expand after being nominated for a £103,000 grant from Sport England.
Gemini Gymnastics Club in Blackfriars Road has seen its membership soar from 379 to 760 since moving into a unit on the industrial estate five years ago.
Now, it is looking to improve its facilities even more to ensure budding gymnasts have the equipment needed to aid their training and development.
To do this, a planning application has been submitted to North Somerset Council to change the use of the industrial unit adjacent to the club’s existing building, which would double the amount of space available to it.
If given the go-ahead, work to convert the additional unit would start immediately due to the fact the grant must be spent by March.
Director of coaching Carolyn Devereux said: “The money is fully dependent on the planning going through or we lose it.
“This is a one-chance opportunity to create a fully-equipped gymnastic club to enable more activities for all ages and levels.
“It is such a great opportunity for the area to have this facility in place.”
Gemini Gymnastics Club already caters for children aged from 20 weeks through Fun4Baby sessions and holds a host of different gymnastic coaching sessions for all ages as well as youngsters with additional needs. It has also launched new initiatives aimed at keeping teenagers in the sport and also offers free running classes.
If the club can extend its facilities it will be able to install foam-filled training pits and an additional floor area as well as being fully-equipped for men’s gymnastics. The expansion will also allow competition gymnasts to train alongside the club’s recreational members.
During a visit to the club on Saturday, North Somerset MP Dr Liam Fox gave his backing to the project.
He said: “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the town to capitalise on all the fantastic work the founders of Gemini have already done.
“It gives us an opportunity to have a facility of national standard for youngsters in Nailsea.
“It is so difficult to secure this level of funding and now we need everyone to get behind the idea and I hope local tradesmen might be able to help maximise the money by giving some of their time or expertise to the project.”
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