Bangor Gymnastics Club have won the Welsh Gymnastics Club of the Year award at the 2017 Welsh Gymnastics Awards. The club were also awarded the Welsh Gymnastics Insport Award, a special recognition for offering opportunities to children with disabilities and providing gymnastics sessions for disabled young people within the local community.
This award ceremony was held at the Mercure Holland House Hotel in Cardiff last night and was attended by several coaches from the club.
Club of the Year
The Welsh Gymnastics awards is an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the achievement of gymnasts, clubs and members and their contribution to the wider gymnastics community.
The Club of the Year award, which is the top award any club can receive, is given to a club which shows commitment and passion for gymnastics, focusing on the opportunities that the club provides, the activities offered, coach and volunteer opportunities, club management, vision and structure, networking and partnerships with other clubs and local authorities and how the club contributes to the community.
Bangor Gymnastics Club
Bangor Gymnastics club was founded in 1981 with just 20 members, but now has more than 900 gymnasts. The club was based at Canolfan Brailsford for over 30 years but moved to its new facility at Llandygai Industrial Estate in March 2017, after two years of intensive fundraising.
The new facility, which was officially opened by former Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle in June. The new facility has meant that the club has now been able to extend its membership and offer more classes, such as Free Running/Parkour, Parent & Toddler and Pre-School gymnastics and additional disability sessions.
In March this year the club was also awarded a Gold insport award, a top disability award given to the club for its inclusive, quality sessions for disabled people within its community and is the only sporting club in Gwynedd to have achieved this standard.
The club converted to a social enterprise two years ago to ensure that it’s run effectively as a business and to ensure a sustainable future for the club. It has a workforce of more than 60 volunteers, coaches, young leaders, administrators and directors.
Announcing the award on their Facebook page last night, the club said: “We’re so proud of our achievements tonight. We couldn’t do it without all of you!! A big THANK YOU”