Bangor Gymnastics Club have been shortlisted for ‘Club of the Year’ at the 2017 Welsh Gymnastics Awards, the club have also been short listed for the ‘Inclusive Club of the Year’ award which they also won last year, for its inclusive, quality sessions for disabled young people within the community.
This year’s award ceremony will be held at the Mercure Holland House Hotel in Cardiff on 11th November.
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 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.
The inclusive Gymnastics Award, which Bangor won in 2016, recognises the commitment and enthusiasm of a gymnastics club to develop and include work with disabled, low income backgrounds and use of the Welsh language.
Bangor Gymnastics club was founded in 1981 with just 20 members, but now has more than 900 gymnasts on its books. Based at Canolfan Brailsford for over 30 years the club moved to its new facility at Llandygai Industrial Estate in March this year, after two years of fundraising.
The new facility, which was officially opened by former Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle in June, has meant that the club has 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.
On the new facility, Business and Facilities Development Manager for Welsh Gymnastics, Victoria Jones, said: “The whole Bangor Gymnastics’ community has worked its socks off to achieve this, Welsh Gymnastics is so proud to see another one of our clubs move into a new facility and offer more membership. It is a testament to this club that it has achieved the top disability sport award and opened its new facility in the space of a few weeks – that is no mean feat. I wish Bangor Gymnastics’ Club continued success in this wonderful new facility.”