Alfred Sports Centre announces link-up with British Gymnastics
coaching for children in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge has received
a boost after one of the area's biggest leisure providers 1610 announced
a partnership with British Gymnastics.
1610 which manages 19 leisure centres based on school sites across
Somerset, Devon and Dorset - including Highbridge's King Alfred
Sports Centre has - is to have all its gymnastics courses affiliated
to British Gymnastics.
1610 currently coaches 270 children of varying age groups across
its leisure sites every week and gymnastics represents the second
biggest sport after swimming that it provides coaching for.
The new partnership with British Gymnastics will mean the provision
of more gymnastics coaches and courses which are delivered inline
with national programmes designed by British Gymnastics.
is growing demand from children to take part in gymnastics, linking
with British Gymnastics will mean it will be easier for 1610 to
recruit coaches through talent spotting its existing staff to take
on new gymnastic coaching roles and to be trained to the high standards
required by British Gymnastics.
Hayes, the Swim and Sports Development Officer for 1610 says the
new partnership with British Gymnastics will hopefully encourage
more youngsters in to the sport and provide a pathway to greater
success for budding athletes.
is already one of most popular sports for children at our leisure
centres and this new partnership could help grow the sport further
with the provision of more high quality coaching," he says.
affiliation with British Gymnastics will also allow a pathway for
children to progress onto club gymnastics and as with other sports
its this sort of involvement at grass roots level that can lead
to national sporting success and to the creation of future British
will also be working with British Gymnastics to identify local gymnastics
clubs which 1610 can link with to create pathways for long-term
participation of gymnastics.