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British Gymnastics Foundation helps lift spirits of club devastated by flooding

Back in December 2015, Kendal Gymnastics Club based in Cumbria, was hit by the severe floods which devastated the county. The club has had to do a major clean-up operation to decontaminate the gym and clean equipment. However, much of the equipment has also needed to be completely replaced; and just over two months on and the club is still recovering from the damage, trying desperately to get back up and running. The gymnasts at Kendal Gym Club were devastated at the news of their flooded club. For all of them, it had been an incredibly sad run up to Christmas and they have really missed having gymnastics at their own club as a regular part of their lives.

It was very clear that the crisis at Kendal Gym Club had more than dampened the spirits of the gymnasts and coaches, so the British Gymnastics Foundation got in touch with Kendal GC Head Coach, Chris Wrigley, to organise a fantastic inspirational experience to lift the spirits of everyone at the club. All of the girls at Kendal are avid supporters of the British women’s artistic team gymnasts, so the British Gymnastics Foundation was able to use its Inspirational Experience Funding to organise a trip for the whole club to come and visit the British women’s artistic national squad training at Lilleshall National Sports Centre on the 13th of February.

Head National Coach Amanda Reddin and all the British squad girls were extremely pleased to be able to meet all the gymnasts and coaches from Kendal Gym Club and to be able to make some dreams come true – it’s not every day that you get to meet and talk to your gymnastics heroes! All of the gymnasts and coaches got to meet the squad, watch training and spend some time with the gymnasts and have photos taken and get their club banner signed.


Head Coach, Chris Wrigley said, “It was an absolutely brilliant day.  We can't thank everyone enough!” Naturally on a real high, the club reflected back on the day and later posted “We've had a fantastic day at Lilleshall watching the British girls train, meeting them, getting autographs and even a quick play on the equipment and in the pits. Thank you to all the girls and coaches and Sam from British Gymnastics Foundation for organising it.”

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