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Scotland’s largest gymnastics club is reaching new heights this year as they unveil plans for a new custom-built training facility.
The Hamilton Gymnastics Club started in 2007 with just 10 members. Today it has 1100 and a waiting list that is growing by the day.
The club was founded by Ruth Gibson, and with the help of coach Wendy Lucas, it is now getting ready to launch a bid for a state-of-the-art facility three times the size of their current base in Eddlewood.
Head coach Ruth said: “ My inbox has around 80 requests a day to come to classes at Hamilton Gymnastics Club. We started the club because we wanted gymnastics to be available and affordable for everyone in the Hamilton area. We see some real potential in our gymnasts and we are finding it difficult to give them the extra training they need to progress. That’s before we even try to find places for those who want to try gymnastics for the first time.”
The club’s planning committee has drawn up plans for a new gym that will incorporate a foam pit training area and enough space to accommodate more children.
They are viewing potential sites in the Hamilton area and are working with Sport Scotland and Scottish Gymnastics in their bid to expand the club.
Hamilton gymnasts already use several satellite venues for training including Hamilton College, Blantyre Sports Centre, Uddingston Grammar and The Jock Stein Centre.
The aim is to continue to run recreational classes there while increasing the number of places available at the new centre.
Senior coach Wendy Lucas said: “Our gymnasts go from strength to strength with increasing numbers representing Scotland on a regular basis. We want our gymnasts to reach for the stars and maybe produce Scottish, British, World and Olympic champions one day. Scotland has shown a massive commitment to international gymnastics hosting Commonwealth Games and the World Gymnastics Championships. We want to be able to take children inspired by these events and turn them into the champions of the future with a gym that lets us be a leading force in the sport.”
Hamilton Gymnastics Club’s planning committee is looking for local people to help them in their quest to get the new gym up and running.
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Earlier this year, a record 370 children took part in Hamilton Gymnastics Club’s sixth annual event. School-age gymnasts aged between five and 15 took part and performed on the vault and did routines on the floor at Hamilton College. For the first time, members of the disability group also joined the event.