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Friday 19 September 2014

Gymnastics club to splash out on 'Tumble Track'

Mary Fogarty

Published 09/07/2014 | 05:22

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SUGARLOAF Gymnastics in Greystones is to be the recipient of a €10,000 grant under the Sports Capital Programme.

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Director of the club Sharon Finney has been doing gymnastics for 25 years and just found out the good news last week.

Sharon said that the money will be used to provide a 'tumble track' for the gym.

'We're obviously delighted to get it, gymnastics equipment is so expensive,' said Sharon, who explained that a tumble track is a sprung, rebounding floor.

'Tumbling is in itself a sport,' she said, adding that you would have more males than females in that discipline.

The track will cost €16,000 so the club will still have to put the remaining money to the investment. 'There's no way we could have bought it without this funding,' said Sharon.

The club is currently mainly composed of girls and while there is a recreational boys' section, only the girls compete.

Now located at Shoreline Leisure Centre in Greystones, they are hoping to relocate to a new premises in Kilcoole and are awaiting permission for change of use.

If the move goes ahead they will be able to accommodate more boys at Sugarloaf Gymnastics. Currently they also need an hour before training begins to set up, whereas it would be preferable to have everything permanently ready. Storage is also becoming a little tight at Shoreline.

The full time gymnastics club caters for children and adults starting as young as three. They offer a broad range of classes from competitive to fun with equipment including floor, balance beam, uneven bars, vault, air track and trampette.

For more information please email Sharon info@sugarloafgymclub.com or call (086) 1023724.

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