Olympic gymnast Jennifer Pinches has given the thumbs-up to High Peak Gymnastics Club’s brand-new gym facilities.
Pinches, from Whaley Bridge, who retired as a British artistic gymnast after competing for Team GB at the London 2012 Games last summer, cut the ribbon on Monday to officially open the upgraded facilities, purchased thanks to £50,000 of National Lottery funding.
The Olympic Legacy funding from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund has provided the club with a new sprung floor, new sets of A bars and a single bar, rings, vault and vault run, pommel horse, trampoline, extra matting and carpeting throughout the gym.
To celebrate the installation of the new equipment, the gymnasts put on a movie-themed display for parents, relatives and friends during an event recently, performing in groups to music.
High Peak Gymnastics Club has many volunteers that undertake a variety of roles within the club, and as recognition for their hard work Kia Baker and Charlotte Burton were presented with trophies for their outstanding commitment to the club.
Originally based in three venues across the High Peak, the club moved to new premises in Fairfield, situated behind World of Power, in October 2010 and has grown to accommodate over 250 children aged between four and 16. It also holds adult sessions.
The club is now able to offer trampolining lesson.
The club has a busy schedule planned for 2013, with gymnasts completing their grades at levels 14, 13 and 12, the competition squad competing at other clubs throughout the region, plus the club holding its own interclub competition in early May and August and participating at local carnivals throughout the summer.
A young leader’s programme has recently been introduced at the club and the coaches also visit local schools to teach gymnastics.
Taster sessions are available to those who feel that they may want to join the club.
For further information, contact Head Coach Jo Coverley on 07877 108 243.