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Funding helps springboard Sapphire School of Gymnastics into development
07 August 2014

The Sapphire School of Gymnastics in Hemel Hempstead has secured a £50,000 grant from Biffa Award, a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across the UK.


The new gymnastics facility project, which was awarded funding under Biffa Award’s Recreation theme, will include the refurbishment of an industrial unit to provide an additional space for gymnastics training.  The funding will enable to group to install a sprung floor area, asymmetric bars and matting, a beam and matting, vault landing area and run-up and ballet mirrors and barre.


Following the works, the club hopes to be able to offer an increased range of activities for all abilities, including FreeG, GymFusion, street dance and martial arts as well as additional space for gymnastics training, addressing the demands of the local community, where there is currently a waiting list of 600.


Annie Price, Manager, Sapphire School of Gymnastics, said:


“The Biffa Award grant will enable us to fulfil our long-term goal of having sufficient facilities to allow all those who wish to participate in gymnastics, that opportunity.”


Rebecca Hemmant, Trustee, Sapphire School of Gymnastics, said:


“This has been a very exciting and inspiring project, bringing additional physical activity opportunity to the area. Sapphire Gymnastics, working together with Biffa Award, will enable a new generation of gymnasts, who will benefit from the investment.”


Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said:


“Projects like this are incredibly important for local communities, which is why we look to invest in them. The project to develop a new, additional space for the Sapphire School of Gymnastics will open up this facility for even greater use by the local community.”