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Gym club gets green light for new premises

Kevin Woolcott in the gym ANL-140815-124635001
Kevin Woolcott in the gym ANL-140815-124635001

The wait is nearly over for the hundreds waiting for a place at Haverhill Gymnastics Club as they get the go ahead for their new premises.

Permission has been given for the group to transform an industrial unit in Hollands Road into a purpose-designed gymnastics centre that will provide a fitness facility for all the community.

The new centre, which the group hopes will be up and running by early October, will house gym equipment like a sprung-floor area, asymmetric bars, high bars and rings, as well as an Olympic-style vault area and trampettes.

Kevin Woolcott, chairman of Haverhill Gymnastics, said: “We’re hoping for a fully loaded gym centre. We have waited so long for this and, now it’s finalised, we can start to realise our goals and targets and help all those youngsters, who want to be part of this, realise their dreams.”

There is currently a waiting list of 430 people who want to join the club. It is hoped that, with the new facility, all those waiting will be able to have a place.

Regular gym user, Shane Griffin, said: “Getting the new gym would benefit the community in new ways and open up so many opportunities for young and old to better themselves physically in a fun way.

“They will also be starting freestyle and free running sessions, so people know how to do it properly.”

When the centre opens, the club is hoping to put on sessions from 4pm onwards for young people interested in taking up gymnastics. After that, there will be Gym Fit and Gym Challenge sessions for adults to use the equipment and facilities.

They are also hoping to encourage younger gymnasts to the centre and will be running preschool sessions during the day on weekdays.

For more information on this, contact headcoach@haverhillgymnastics.org or look for Haverhill Gymnastics on Facebook.

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