Bedwas Gymnastics Club officially launches with 300 members
10 May 2016
With a club vision of providing accessible gymnastics for all, Bedwas Gymnastics Club are well on their way to achieving their goal.
In its 40th year and operating out of Bedwas High School, Bedwas Gymnastics Club has moved into its own dedicated facility. Located in Trecenydd Business Park Caerphilly, the new venue offers a dedicated space for the club and its growing membership to develop, both recreationally and to expand its provision for identified talented gymnasts to progress. Since moving into the new premises there are now over 300 children participating in gymnastics classes, an increase of over 100 which also includes new daytime baby and toddler sessions. With another 80 children on the waiting list, the club is proving to be as popular as ever.
It’s been a long journey for the passionate team of board members, coaches and volunteers who began their search for a new venue back in 2013. When a nearby unit became vacant in autumn of last year, the club jumped at the chance to explore the possibility of relocating.
Sport Wales awarded the club £25,000 in December 2015 which has been used to purchase new equipment including a coil-sprung floor, fast track and asymmetric bars. It has also allowed the team of coaches and sport leaders the opportunity to attain new qualifications.
On Monday 9th May an official launch of the new facility took place where invaluable supporters of the club were invited to have a tour of the club’s new facilities, see young gymnasts in session with young leaders and also, raise a glass to the success of the club.
Sally Corden, Director of Bedwas Gymnastics Club said “Bedwas Gymnastics Club is 40yrs old this year. It was founded on the basis of providing gymnastics to the local community and surrounding area. We are incredibly proud to be continuing this legacy and owe a big thank you to all of our hard working and dedicated volunteers who are helping us to build a greater community.”
(L-R) Siwan Davies - Head of Development Welsh Gymnastics, Rebeca James – BGC Head Coach, Carly Jones – Sports Development Caerphilly CBC, Helen Phillips – Chair of Welsh Gymnastics, Jared Lougher – Sports Development Caerphilly CBC, Sally Corden – BGC Director, Cllr Phil Bevan – Caerphilly Town Mayor
A welcome speech from Helen Phillips, Chair of Welsh Gymnastics highlighted the importance of facilities within the community like Bedwas Gymnastics Club and praised the work of board members, coaches, leaders, parents and many supporters of the club. Helen said “sport is a language that everyone is able to understand and Bedwas Gymnastics will be the hub of the community, playing its part to ensure we promote an active Wales. The passionate team behind the club are responsible for changing lives; bringing together children to play, learn, engage and develop personal and physical skills. Bedwas is enriched with history within Welsh Gymnastics and I am certain it will for another 40 years."
Front L-R: Jacqui Parsons (Coach), Leanne Ryall (Asst. Head Coach), Rebeca James (Head Coach), Nia Fishlock (Sports Leader), Rebecca Murphy (Sports Leader), Milly Jenkins (Sports Leader), Alice Corden (Sports Leader), Lisa Missen (Welfare Officer)Back L-R: Marietje Ward (Head of Recreational Gymnastics), Sally Corden (Sports Leader)