Carlisle Gymnastics Club was formed in 1984 with the aim of promoting the development of all forms of gymnastics. The first training sessions were held in Trinity School, the Sands Leisure Centre and the former Sports Centre in Strand Road, Carlisle.
Following several years of expansion and consolidation it was found that being spread over more than one location was proving difficult for both coaches and gymnasts. We then moved into Newlaithes School, which we quickly outgrew in terms of size and training times available. A major search was made for new premises and after much negotiation, and agreement was signed for the use of the YMCA in Fisher Street. The club started sessions there in September 1989.
In August 1997, we moved to premises in Thomas Street, Denton Holme, Carlisle. Once again, due to expansion and the need for more equipment we outgrew our Thomas Street premises and looked to move to larger premises.
Finally in April 2012, we moved to larger premises at Richard Rose Morton Academy.
Over the years, the club has purchased and gradually replaced most of its original equipment that was life expired; the vaulting horse was replaced in 1994 and in 1995 the asymmetric bars – both with the help of a Royal Mail Sports Award and fundraising by club members.
To develop further, the club needs to move to larger premises. A new sprung floor and a set of competition asymmetric bars have now been acquired, also new balance beams. Members are in the process of sourcing funds and suitable locations although these will not be immediately forthcoming due to a severe lack of funding.
In 1995 the first club members were selected to represent the North of England Region at competitions. Since this time over 30 members have represented the Region and participated in National competitions, all proving to be very successful.
Club membership is open to girls and boys from walking age. Preschool sessions are held on Monday’s and Friday’s. Beginners’ sessions are held on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursday, and Fridays, Adults on Wednesday with advanced groups meeting on all days of the week. At the present time we have over 400 members.
All of our coaches are fully qualified, having sat the British Amateur Gymnastics Association examinations. Several of our coaches are also qualified judges. The Senior Club Coach is Julie Kidd.
Participation is a regular feature of the club and gymnasts can expect to be entered into both County and Regional competitions. In addition the club also holds its own Annual Club Competition.
If you would like to find out more about our club then please contact us and we will be happy to speak with you.