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Major improvements at the gymnastics hall at Alive Lynnsport

three children have their heads poking out of a gymnastics landing pit full of foam bars

Published: Monday, 12th February 2018

A brand new tumble track has been installed and the landing pit foam replaced creating a better experience for visitors to the gymnastics facility at Alive Lynnsport.

This £28,400 investment has been made possible thanks to the fundraising efforts of the King’s Lynn Gymnastics Club fundraising committee who donated £10,400 and a contribution of £18,000 from the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk.

Zan Coppin of the KLGC fundraising committee said: “We work tirelessly to raise money to support gymnasts at competitions, assist with the coaches’ development, and to purchase new equipment. Funds are raised through hosting competitions, raffles, sponsored events and an annual display.  We are delighted that we have been able to make this contribution towards the tumble track which will give our gymnasts the perfect surface to train on.  To develop world class competitors we need world class facilities and this track is the same as the track used by current  British competitors in leading clubs including Andover, Wakefield, Birmingham and Milton Keynes. 

Jimmy Xu, Head Coach for Gymnastics at Alive Lynnsport, said “Our gymnasts can now train on the new track, which will help them to gain confidence and composure.  This will bring results as they go on to compete around the country.  The replacement foam has made a massive difference too as it is a great landing for our younger gymnasts as they train and develop.  We are extremely thankful to the Fundraising Committee for all their support over the years and to the borough council for their continued investment in this facility.”

Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, deputy leader and cabinet member for Culture, Heritage and Health, added: “Developing young people and encouraging them to follow a healthy active lifestyle is crucial. We have seen some of gymnasts go on to join the GB squads and we hope, with this continued investment, we will see the same happen in the future. We were pleased to be able to support the fundraising efforts of the club, and delighted that the investment is receiving a really positive response from gymnasts and coaches.

Find out how your child can start gymnastics at Alive Leisure. Classes are available for children aged 18 months up to Elite gymnasts.

a child in a gymnastic pose on a newly-installed tumble track

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