West Street Gymnastics Centre is a non-profit-making organisation, owned by the members and run by a management committee in line with Sports Council for Wales approved constitution, achieving GymMark accreditation in 2009. With the exception of one paid employee, the Centre is run by volunteers. All of our coaches have appropriate British Gymnastics qualifications, and we actively encourage older gymnasts and parents to participate in the sport by becoming qualified coaches. All the money raised by subscriptions, donations, grants etc is used to develop the sport through coach education and purchase of appropriate equipment or to refurbish/repair the fabric of the building.
We currently have about 270 members and provide coaching in the following disciplines:
- Pre-school classes [“Gym Jamz”] for 4-year-olds and under are held on Mondays.
- General Gymnastics – from the age of 4 years children join the general classes and usually attend 1 session a week where they are taught the basic skills of the sport. Children who show promise may then be selected for extra training in :
- Women’s Artistic Gymnastics – where their skills are further developed in Vault, Bars, Beam and Floor to enable them to compete at various levels of competition.
- Acrobatic Gymnastics – a branch of gymnastics which involves working as pairs or groups. The sport concentrates on the floor area and aims to demonstrate agility, balance and tempo.
In all disciplines the Club has produced Welsh and British champions as well as several Internationals.
Parents are encouraged to take an active part in the running of the club in whatever capacity they choose. There is always a need for individuals to work as trainee coaches, serve on the management committee, help in the Coffee Shop, organise fund-raising events and of course assist with the cleaning and general maintenance of the building.
The Club, initially known as Gowerton Gymnastics Club, was formed in 1976 and for some 10 years was based at Gowerton Comprehensive School. At first, membership was restricted to just 30 individuals, drawn in the main from Tregwyr Junior School. However, from these small beginnings the Club quickly grew and in 1977 could boast almost 200 members. The aims and objectives of the Club were the promotion and development of the sport of gymnastics at grass roots level and the provision of facilities capable of satisfying the demands of the sport, and these remain unchanged today. As the years passed it became increasingly obvious that if the Club were to develop and achieve its aims and objectives there was a need to move to more suitable premises. In 1987 suitable premises were found and with the aid of a Sports Council Grant, a £16,000 mortgage and £5000 raised from various fund-raising events and parents’ donations, the building now known as West Street Gymnastics Centre was purchased. The conversion of the building from that of industrial use to that of a gymnasium was only achieved by the commitment, dedication and hard work of members and parents.
West Street had been accredited as operating in accordance with the requirements for GymMark. The British Gymnastics GymMark scheme was developed to provide recognition for clubs that are committed to providing quality gymnastics experiences.
GymMark is the British Gymnastics’ stamp of quality assurance for gymnastics clubs. The GymMark scheme has been developed by British Gymnastics, in partnership with Welsh Gymnastics and the Home Country Sports Councils, to provide recognition for clubs that are committed to providing quality gymnastics experiences. Gaining GymMark accreditation means we are recognised by British Gymnastics, Welsh Gymnastics and the Home Country Sports Councils as a safe, effective and child friendly club, providing a service in the community, that children and young people, their parents / carers, and others with an interest in gymnastics, can trust.