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The wait is almost over for budding gymnasts in Nottingham
23 April 2015

A brand new dynamic and vibrant gymnastic club in Nottingham 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, as part of the Landfill Communities Fund. 


Robin Hood Gymnastics Club (RHGC) was established to cater to the growing waiting list of youngsters eager to get involved in the sport in Nottingham.  Funded through Biffa Award’s Recreation theme, the project is supporting the full transformation of an industrial unit into a dedicated gymnastics facility for the local community.  Elements of the project include the installation of windows to the viewing area, new toilet facilities and a sprung floor.  


Once the project works have been completed, RHGC will be able to offer a range of activities seven days a week, including- recreational gymnastics classes for all ages, FreeG (free running tricks/skills for teenage boys and girls), disability gymnastics and fitness classes including Yoga and Pilates.  The new facility also includes a cafe, viewing gallery and classrooms.


The club is currently participating in the national 'This Girl Can' campaign, developed by Sport England, to celebrate active girls up and down the country.  As such, the club are offering a number of free membership places to girls aged 11+.


A taster session will take place from 2.45pm on Sunday 26 April for all children that would like to come and have a go.  Visit the website for more details


Rachael Griffiths, Vice Chair, Robin Hood Gymnastics Club, said:


“This funding has been the foundation of our project; we couldn’t have completed the building works to this level without the support of Biffa Award.”


Clare Starkey, Volunteer Consultant, said:


“It’s fantastic, from working on the application with Rachael months ago to actually seeing the new gym in reality is great.  Biffa Award has supported this community project and many children and parents will benefit from this.”


Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said:


“This project at Robin Hood Gymnastics Club is an excellent example of how the Landfill Communities Fund can help improve local recreational spaces for the sporting enthusiasts and the community.”