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Carl Field

Carl Field

This morning (24th July) we at Welsh Gymnastics once again had the pleasure of hosting our annual gymnastics activity day with the fabulous children of 21 Plus.

21 Plus is a support group based primarily in South East Wales for family members, carers, friends and professionals, supporting children and young people with Down’s syndrome.

With the help of some fantastic volunteers and helpers, including Commonwealth Games women’s artistic gymnasts Mali Morgan and Poppy-Grace Stickler, our young people enjoyed a busy couple of hours learning new gymnastics skills, gaining lots of confidence and most importantly having plenty of fun.

This year the sessions have been designed around the Fundamental Movement Patterns within Physical Literacy.

And, given how popular these sessions are, we are hosting an additional one this year – taking place on Thursday (27th July) this week.

Victoria Hughes, who leads the summer camps for 21 Plus, said: “Our summer camp is very popular, we’ve been doing it every summer for about 10 years now, with a little break for Covid obviously.

“We done gymnastics every year since we started and it’s one of our favourite sessions.

“We’ve actually got two sessions here this year because everyone loves it so much.

“All of the helpers are always so good, the kids always get stuck into everything and there’s something for everyone in here.”

Welsh Gymnastics CEO Victoria Ward said: “We were delighted to welcome the fantastic 21 Plus group into our gym this morning.

“It was really good from my perspective to be able to talk to the volunteers and the coordinators to understand more what the children’s needs are and how we can best facilitate those.

“Because the gym environment is the perfect environment the children; it’s a safe environment, they’re not impaired by weather and it can accommodate all abilities.”

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