Performance-based gymnastics club secures huge new venue with room to double attendance before reopening

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A Northampton gymnastics club has secured a huge new site to come back from the lockdown ‘stronger than ever’.

Gymnastricks, which is a performance-based club for children as young as walking age, has been running its sessions at Quinton House School for 12 years.

However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the temporary school closure and construction work, the club lost its home faster than expected.

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Gymnastricks has a brand new home.

During the lockdown, when the club could only host online sessions, the owners worked hard to secure new premises.

Now, members who perform regularly in pantomimes, local destinies and even London’s West End can’t wait to see Saddleback Road’s massive new home, Westgate Industrial Estate, where the club’s capacity can double.

Jessica Botterill, one of the owners of Gymnastricks, said: “We were looking for a property anyway because we had 600 kids enrolled so it was getting pretty big.

“We ended up finding a nice industrial unit that is so big and because it’s not part of a school, our hours aren’t limited.

“We couldn’t start until 5:30 pm at school, but now we can start at 4:30 pm, so we can have more time slots to allow everyone to enter.

“There is also so much room that we can have different types of clubs at the same time and once that is all built we can double the number of kids we have in total.”

As the club only focuses on performance-based gymnastics, which incorporates cheerleading, acrobatics, and dancing, it doesn’t have a lot of bulky equipment like beams.

However, the club still has equipment that can be left out in the new premises rather than having to be stowed away, including a giant inflatable track that weighs 24 stones.

Jessica added, “As we can leave the equipment out, it will be used more, which will provide more opportunities.

“In addition, because we have more room and in accordance with the directives of our governing body, we can operate at full capacity as long as we follow the directives of the government.

“We can work in bubbles of 15 and we can distance ourselves socially very well.

“We have been hit very hard by the pandemic and we must try to come back when our rent will be five times more expensive.

“But in a year, we hope to be back where we were before the lockdown.

“I hope we come back stronger.”

Gymnastricks opens its doors on Saturday August 29 for a test day open to all.

On Wednesday September 2, the club will then reopen to resume its class schedule.

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