Added on: 27th June, 2018 by Sarah_22646
A gymnastics club which has its sights on training the stars of the future has been given a helping hand from a regional builder.
The Friends of Stainsby School Gymnastics Club have been awarded £1,000 to help pay for coach training to develop the tumbling and acro disciplines and to fund more equipment for gymnasts.
The money has come from Persimmon Homes Teesside’s Community Champions fund.
One of the friends, Rebecca Walters, said: “We are a small club with big ambitions, producing a number of National Tumbling gold medal champions and a gold-winning pair in the national disability acro.
“We have 400 children aged from three to 18 on our books in the 17th most deprived ward in the country. We want to engage with more children in the locality and develop a scholarship fund for them.
“To develop this project, we need to have more coaches trained in tumbling and acro and upgrade some equipment to support these plans. We are so grateful for the generous donation from Persimmon Homes, it will make a huge difference to us.”
Joan Peart, head of sales for Persimmon Homes Teesside, said: “The Friends of Stainsby School Gymnastics Club are opening up opportunities to children who may not otherwise have access to these activities. Their dedication demonstrates all that is good in the neighbourhood and that is why we are delighted to be able to provide support.
“Community Champions recognises initiatives that celebrate community and wellbeing and we are delighted to be part of building foundations for that in the areas where we build.”
She added: “Our Community Champions fund has two pots of up to £1,000 each to award to worthy causes every month and it’s great to see so many charities and community groups benefiting.
“Persimmon Homes Teesside has had a fantastic response to its Community Champions scheme and it is always a tricky task to pick our winners each month.
“If applicants were unsuccessful last month, we urge them to visit the Persimmon Homes website and to try again and hopefully they will become our next Community Champion. There is no limit to the number of applications that can be made.”