Valleys Gymnastics Academy has won the Consumer Facing Award at the prestigious Wales Co-operative Centre’s Social Business Wales Awards in Llangollen.
VGA is the first gymnastics club to win this award, which recognises social enterprises which deliver a product or service to the general public and VGA beat off tough competition from around Wales to walk away with the award.
A social enterprise reinvests the money it makes back into their business or the local community, so when a social enterprise profits, society profits.
VGA is now Wales’ biggest gymnastics club with more than 2200 members and it offers coaching in some of Wales’ most deprived areas.
VGA has also seen a 25% increase in its membership in the last year and has created nine jobs.
Managing Director of VGA, Melissa Anderson, said: “We are over the moon to win such a prestigious award.
“VGA is a thriving, vibrant social enterprise with a proven track record which is fully sustainable which has created 33 paid jobs since its inception in 2011. Winning this award has been a great way to tell people outside the gymnastics community how successful a sport social enterprise can be.”
VGA will now join the other winners and will go forward to compete with its counterparts from Scotland, England and Northern Ireland at a UK Awards ceremony in central London in November.
A business from Wales has won the UK Social Enterprise of the Year for the last two years so VGA is in good company.
For more information about social enterprises, visit the Wales Co-operative Centre’s website [opens in new window].
Welsh Gymnastics wishes VGA well at the next awards ceremony. Keep an eye out for updates on how the club fares at the UK awards.