Grays Gymnastics, under the management of mother and daughter duo, Helen and Hannah Rushton secured a new facility for their club in a small village called Llysfaen.
The club has classes in leisure centres across Denbighshire and Conwy County and all competitive gymnasts, recreational and pre-school classes have been training out of these centres. For the last 10 years since Helen’s daughter, Hannah (Head Coach), started working for the club full-time they have scouted over ten potential units. Following all the hard work and patience that’s gone into finding a suitable facility, Hannah expressed her gratitude and excitement for the future:
“This has been a dream of my mum and I’s for years; we are so excited and proud to see the future of the club develop and provide an exciting new sports facility for the local community.”
The club has also been working hard fundraising to help with costs and new equipment. From sponsored walks, bag packing, scratch cards, raffles, Tombola and cake/tuck shops, they could not have done this without the help of the parents and club members. Hannah continues:
“We are so excited to now be running out of this new facility as well as being able to run our recreational classes in our satellite classes in the leisure centres.”
Moving into this sensational new facility means that the women’s artistic competitive girls can start dedicating more hours to training. The club is also planning to start more pre-school and recreational classes.
Mia Bedford, a level 1 coach and gymnast at the club, expressed her appreciation for the many opportunities that the club has brought her:
“I’ve been doing gymnastics for as long as I can remember; it has given me so many opportunities as a gymnast and as a coach. Now that we have found the perfect facility for our club, I can’t wait for the new opportunities and the exciting future ahead. So many people from the club have helped make this happen, which I believe has brought us even closer as a ‘gym family.’ I know that I can say on behalf of myself and the gymnasts at this club, that this is the start of something amazing and I’m so honoured to be a part of it.”
So, what’s next for the club? Hannah explains:
“Over the next few months, we are looking to start an adults gymnastics class and we have been in contact with Home Education to start a home-schooling session during the week.”
Welsh Gymnastics is excited to see what Helen and Hannah have in-store for the club in bringing the community together.