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Gymnastic club secures funding boost
8:00am Wednesday 14th August 2013 in News
WARRINGTON Gymnastics Club has secured £50,000 of Olympic legacy funding to build a new studio.
The club, which has taught thousands of young people in gymnastics since the 1980s, will be using the funding to relocate and upgrade their facilities.
Mandi Mellor, who has played a big role in securing the funding, is excited about the future of the club and what it can now offer to aspiring gymnasts.
Mandi said: “The kids will now get the facilities that they deserve and, when we move, there will be no other club like this in the town.
“It was such a relief to get the funding and now we are just looking forward to getting in there.”
The club, which has been based at Evans House on Norman Street for 10 years, will move to the Wharf industrial area after outgrowing its current facilities.
The improvements include refurbishing three units on the Wharf, to house a 13,000 square foot gymnastics centre, dance studio, cafe and viewing gallery which will benefit the 300 gymnasts who already attend the club.
The new facility will also enable the club to offer classes to not just the 600 children currently on the waiting list, but to every child in Warrington whom would like to participate in the sport.
The club will also offer other community groups the opportunity to come together under one roof.
The Mayor of Warrington, Clr Peter Carey, said: “When Mandi explained the problems the club had and that they were losing the more experienced gymnasts because they didn’t have the facilities then I knew we had to help to keep those talented gymnasts in the town.
“Hopefully, with the new facilities, the club will help nurture future Olympians.”
Gymnast Jazzi Thompson, aged 14, who has been a member of the club for past four years, said: “The best bit about it all is the extra space we will have to practise.
“It will give us a better chance at competitions as we will be able to practise our routines in full.”
The work is scheduled to start in September with the club planning to relocate towards the end of January.
Warrington Gymnastics Club is one of well over 300 projects across England receiving lottery investment from the fourth round of the Inspired Facilities fund from Sport England.
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