How 1610 and FANS scheme supports Somerset’s promising young athletes

Posted: 10th Sep 2018

Category: Health & Fitness


A promising young gymnast from Highbridge in Somerset is being given free access to sports facilities by 1610 to help her progress further in her sport.

13 year old Aaliyah Chan is a leading member of the elite squad at the Monarchs Gymnastics club in Highbridge. She is a member of British Gymnastics and has represented her club at international gymnastics competitions in Germany.

Aaliyah performs in gymnastics competitions as part of a pair or a trio which sometimes requires her to lift or support team mates which  depends on strength training. Now1610 is giving Aaliyah free access to the gym facilities at King Alfred Sports Centre at Highbridge as part of the FANS scheme (Free Access to sports facilities for National Sports People). It will enable her to use gym equipment to strengthen and condition her muscles to improve her performance and ability.

Aaliyah’s mum Donna says that support for young athletes is vital if they are to improve and progress in a highly competitive sport: “Aaliyah loves gymnastics and is very competitive when it comes to sport.  She performs as part of a pair or trio and will sometimes take the role of the base which means lifting and supporting other team mates. This takes a lot of strength which requires specialist training so having free access to a gym will help her enormously. Taking Aaliyah to events can be expensive, but we as parents do it because we want to support our children so having any help in this way is very beneficial and greatly appreciated.”

Gymnastics sessions are available at King Alfred Sports Centre on Wednesdays 6.30pm-7.30pm.

For more information about the FANS scheme please contact Eleanor Smith at 1610 email:  Tel 03300 581610.