JUMP FOR JOY!

The Gym Mania club has just opened its new premises on Henderson Road in Fleetwood, with loads of new facilities and apparatus,'The girls try out the beam for size.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'2-5-2012
The Gym Mania club has just opened its new premises on Henderson Road in Fleetwood, with loads of new facilities and apparatus,'The girls try out the beam for size. PIC BY ROB LOCK'2-5-2012
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A GYMNASTICS club is jumping for joy after finally getting new premises.

Gym Mania has been operating from Poulton Youth and Community Centre since it started in 2005, but has now officially moved into its new home, on Copse View Business Park, in Fleetwood.

The new venue means the club has more space, and it has the best equipment – including an Olympic-sprung floor, bars and beams and bright and fun equipment.

It is four times the size of the previous venue.

There is also now a special viewing gallery, so parents can watch their children during sessions.

And parents can also take advantage of brand new desks and Wi-fi in the viewing room should they have work to do, as well as a kitchen and library.

Children and their parents were certainly impressed when it opened its doors for the first time last week, with comments like “it looks amazing”, “I wish I was four again” and “I love it.”

Head coach Sarah Oxley, from Thornton, said the new gym was a great boost. The extra space will mean the club can open up the membership to more children, including youngsters with special needs.

And there will be chance to recruit more volunteers, giving more development opportunities to young people.

Sarah, who was awarded Coach of the Year in the Wyre Sports Awards last year, said: “The new facility will make greater opportunity for all people in Wyre, for Gym Mania is about gymnastics for all.

“The new gym will provide us with a lot more space to be able to widen the opportunities and capacity for the club.

“It is four times our previous venue, and although we will not be multiplying the class sizes four-fold, we will be able to recruit more volunteer coaches and thus enable more children and now adults to participate in gymnastics.

“To see the children’s faces when they saw the new gym was overwhelming. They are so excited to start gymnastics at the new gym.

“To see that makes all the hard work worthwhile.

“If Gym Mania has taught me one thing, it’s that if you truly believe in something, it doesn’t matter what others think about whether it will succeed or not, if it can be done, all that is needed is faith and commitment.

“Over the years, the club has gone from strength to strength, in membership, and to the fantastic facility and equipment we have today.

“Despite being a recreational club, the focus on fun makes is just as rewarding for the children as any elite or competitive environment, if not more so.”

For more details, or to become a volunteer, call Sarah on 0773 133 8122, email headcoach@gymmania.co.uk or log on to www.gymmania.co.uk.