It was an evening of celebration at St Tydfils Gymnastics last night as the club toasted 50 years in existence as well as the grand opening of their new facility.
Members, coaches and families – past and present – along with a host of other invited guests gathered to share memories of the past half a century as well as looking forward to an exciting future.
The special evening also gave the club the chance to honour Julie Phillips who, in 2020, was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to gymnastics in Merthyr Tydfil.
St Tydfils, one of the oldest community sports clubs in Merthyr Tydfil, moved into their new home the Cyfarthfa Industrial Estate earlier this year.
Classes started running as soon as the new facility opened its doors on 1st February.
“The club has got a long history; the demand is there in Merthyr for gymnastics," said managing director Melissa Anderson ahead of the opening.
“We’ve kids that come now and their parents have done gymnastics at St Tydfils, their grandparents have done gymnastics at St Tydfils, so gymnastics and St Tydfils is part of the Merthyr history of culture I would say.”
St Tydfils partnered with multi award-winning Valleys Gymnastics Academy in 2017 to help strengthen and modernise the club and have operated under the VGA umbrella since then.
For more information, visit www.valleysgymnasticsacademy.co.uk or call 01495 248070.