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Welsh Gymnastics would like to say a huge congratulations to YMCA Barry on being shortlisted to win a share of Persimmon Homes’ Building Futures £1million funding.

Building Futures is being delivered through the Persimmon Charitable Foundation, which last year donated £620,000 to support children’s sport, and this year Persimmon Homes East Wales has selected YMCA Barry among hundreds of applicants to be a cash prize winner at their gala dinner in October.

Persimmon is an official partner of Team GB and the Commission enlisted the help of medallists Kat Copeland and Callum Skinner to help determine the three regional finalists for each business division.

Anthea Clements, Chief Executive Officer, representing YMCA Barry said: “It is a huge achievement to have been selected as a regional finalist for this prize, thank you to everyone that has supported us so far. If we were to win, we would be able to buy much needed Federation of International Gymnastics apparatus and we could realise a dream of setting up a satellite club in rural Vale of Glamorgan.”

YMCA Barry Gymnastics has more than 850 current members and an additional 200 pre-schoolers attending sessions on a weekly basis. Gymnasts train up to eighteen hours per week and the club caters for all levels, from GymBabies to International Elite Gymnasts – five of which have represented Wales in the Commonwealth Games. 

They run a huge range of classes, and are always trying to improve the facilities to ensure that their gymnasts have the best experience possible.

Anthea added: “We’d love people to get behind us and get voting so that we are in the strongest possible position to earn one of the top three awards on the night. We really appreciate everyone’s help!”

Cash awards of £100,000, £50,000 or £20,000 will be made to those organisations winning the most online votes.

If you’d like to vote for YMCA Barry, visit the Persimmon website here and select Building Futures – Sport. Online voting opened on July 23 and will close at midnight on September 27.

We’d like to wish the team a big good luck from everyone here at Welsh Gymnastics. We’ve got our fingers crossed!


If you would like more information about gymnastics at YMCA Barry, please call 01446 724000, email sophie@ymcabarry.org.uk, visit the website www.ymcabarry.org.uk or follow on social media @ymcabarry.