West Somerset gymnasts showcase their skills at Get Set Go Gymnastics launch

Posted: 13th Sep 2018

Category: Health & Fitness

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Some of West Somerset’s most talented and up and coming young gymnasts have been showcasing their skills at the official launch of the innovative Get Set Go Gymnastics Programme at its new permanent base at Minehead First School.

The gymnastics programme has been spearheaded by 1610 and the West Somerset Academy Trust to support young gymnasts and to help children become more active at an early age.

The gymnastics scheme had previously been delivered to pupils across a number of sites involving schools which form part of the West Somerset Academy Trust. The scheme has proved to be very popular with pupils who want to take up and progress in the sport. Now it looks set to expand further as the gymnastics programme relocates to one permanent base at Minehead First School.

The CEO of 1610 Tim Nightingale and the CEO of the West Somerset Academy Trust Paul Rushforth officially opened the scheme with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday September 10th which was followed by a gymnastics display.

The CEO of 1610 Tim Nightingale says that the new permanent home for the gymnastics scheme will have great benefits for the children: ‘We are delighted to be working in partnership with the West Somerset Schools Academy to provide a central base for the scheme. It will allow greater consistency as well as the opportunity to expand the programme and offer more classes. It is very important to provide grass roots support for youngsters especially in a sport such as gymnastics which helps to develop, agility, self- confidence and team spirit.’

The CEO of West Somerset Academy Trust Paul Rushforth; “Gymnastics is so important in developing balance, strength and self-esteem. It is fantastic to see so many of our children taking part and developing life- long attitudes to fitness. I am delighted that we can work so closely with 1610 as together, in all our schools, this partnership really does enhance the PE experience of our children. As a result they are able to have expert coaching in a range of disciplines from gymnastics to fencing.’

The West Somerset Get Set Go Gymnastics programme will launch from Minehead First School on Monday 10 September 5pm. The classes will run from 9.00am to 5.00pm on a Saturday 50 weeks of the year with two weeks off at Christmas.

For more information please contact Suzanne Richards at West Somerset Sports & Leisure Tel 01643 708815.