Gymnastics club’s new facility declared open

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LAST Friday saw the official opening of Bury Spectrum Gymnastics Club’s brand new facility on Northern Way, Bury St Edmunds.

The evening was attended by a wide range of sponsors, local government officials, corporate delegates and friends of the club, past and present.

Dave Marshall from British Gymnastics presented the club with a cheque for £21,525 which has helped towards financing the development of the facility.

Marshall and the mayor’s representative Frank Warby then honoured the club by cutting the ribbon and declaring Spectrum Gymnastics and Activity Centre officially open. This was followed by a presentation display by the club’s gymnasts who show cased their skills and a range of activities on offer at the club.

The club, which was founded in 1995 has come a long way since its beginning.

Training in a school hall with 40 gymnasts, they moved into a building in Western Way but with growing success, rising membership, lack of parking, and deterioration of the roof there was a desperate need to find a better and more suitable facility.

In 1999 with over 300 members the club started looking for another building, and finally 13 years later, and now with over 500 members they have moved into their new venue.

Jean Mealham, club manager, spoke of the contribution which enabled them the move and thanked those responsible.

“Our move to this lovely new building would not have been possible without the help and support of many companies and individuals, in particular British Gymnastics and Havebury Partnership who have supported us all the way,” she said.

Despite the move, the club still has some way to go to finish their project but lack of funds has put a hold on these developments and they are actively searching for additional sponsors.

The club has also been short listed to the final four organisations to be granted ‘Lloyds Community Funding’ which will be used for specialised Freestyle Gymnastics equipment.

They now need to achieve the most votes which can be made by visiting the Lloyds bank website.

n Bury Spectrum offer a wide range of activities for all levels and ages taught by a team of qualified coaches who are all CRB checked.

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