Meet the Coaches
The club boasts an experienced and dedicated coaching staff with British Gymnastics Qualifications. All Coaches and gymnasts are insured through the British Gymnastics club scheme.
Why Choose Park Wrekin Gymnastics Club?
Park Wrekin Gymnastics club is, simply, an outstanding organisation, boasting some of the UK’s best coaches and a reputation for quality training, caring and fun. Our new gym facilities are second to none. And we provide a range of classes that suit gymnasts of all ages, skills and experience – whether you are a novice or aspiring world champion.
We are also the most successful gymnastics club in the West Midlands. Since its inception in the 1960’s, many of our gymnasts have been selected for international honours, competing in the Olympic Games, World and European Championships – winning many medals for the countries that they have represented.
The club is a registered charity and is run by a Board of Trustees comprising Christine Still, Brett Ince, Jemma Parry, Josie Vaughan , Nick Pemberton (Coaches), Debbie Nicholls, Hazel Arrowsmith, Karen Leighton (Volunteers) and Brett Racher (Volunteer Treasurer).
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We enjoy an enviable reputation, borne from the quality and experience of our coaching staff; our gymnasium facilities; the range and structure of the classes that we offer; and the opportunities that we provide for our gymnasts to realise their potential and/or compete at the very highest levels. We aim to be both friendly and caring, recognising the responsibilities that we have for providing not only the very highest standards of coaching and training, but for also making it fun and enjoyable!
Our Coaching Team
We have an unrivalled coaching team with hundreds of years of combined experience. We provide a full range of fully-qualified British Gymnastics coaches for all ages and abilities – from pre-school toddlers to potential World Champions. We have even been part of the BBC gymnastics commentary team for the last six Olympic Games – in Atlanta, Sydney, Athens, Beijing, London and Rio de Janeiro.
Our Range of Classes
Park Wrekin Gymnastics Club offers a full range of gymnastics sessions, structured by age and/or ability.
We have three different Pre-school classes, from toddlers to school age.
At school age, all our gymnasts automatically progress into the Beginners.
Once Beginners have learned basic skills in a fun and friendly environment, they move on to Recreational, Advanced and Elite classes depending on their ability and inclination to achieve awards and compete.
We even have Adult sessions, for those aged 16+, providing fitness-based training, followed by a chance to have a go on all the equipment!
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Park Wrekin Gymnastics Club’s brand new gymnasium was fully renovated and newly equipped at a cost of over £200,000.
Comprising 6,500 square feet, it has the capacity to simultaneously train over 100 gymnasts, seven days per week, for 48 weeks of the year. It even has a coffee shop, with complimentary Wi-fi access – for parents or that post-training (healthy!) snack.
The club also uses the leading gymnastic facility in Europe, Lilleshall National Sports Centre, several times per week.
Our Gymnastics Equipment
Our gymnasium has only the very best training aids and equipment. All our equipment is supplied by Gymnova, an international company with a worldwide reputation for quality, durability and safety. Click here to see the full specification of our gym and its facilities.
Our Parental Facilities
We recognise and value the support and encouragement that parents provide for all our gymnasts, so we aim to keep them comfortable and well-refreshed. We have a Gym viewing facility, with TV Viewing available! Our facility is also home to the fantastic, DINK’s Cafe to stay refreshed complete with complimentary Wi-Fi.
We also have a number of private rooms available for hire. Contact us to discuss availability.
We recognise that not every gymnast enjoys the pressure of competition. For this reason, we are committed to providing everyone with the opportunity to reach their potential in whatever way they wish. Whilst we currently have more than 70 competitive gymnasts, at all levels, we have many hundreds more taking part for their own enjoyment.
We are conveniently located at Park Gymnastic Centre, formally known as the Old Charlton School Sports Hall on the outskirts of Telford, Shropshire. Just off the M54, we enjoy easy access from Shrewsbury and the West Midlands towns of Wolverhampton, Cannock and Stafford. We are also in close proximity to the Lilleshall National Sports Centre, the finest gymnastic training venue in Europe, which we use several times per week.
Our Gym Facilities
Park Wrekin Gymnastic Club’s new gym is, arguably, one of the best equipped club facilities in the UK. The old Charlton School Sports Hall has been completely gutted and re-built to create a custom-designed and purpose-built gymnasium specifically for Artistic Gymnastics. The gym itself has a huge floor area of nearly 6,500 square feet – and not an inch has been wasted! The apparatus, flooring, mats and pits include:
- An Olympic-sized, 12 square metres sprung floor for the Floor Exercise. It’s the same floor as will be used for the 2020 Olympics and the first in the UK
- A fully-sprung Tumbling Track
- A state-of-the-art Vaulting table and springboard, with a full competition run up and foam pitted landing area
- Five competition Balance Beams with non-slip padded top surfaces as well as many low, soft training beams
- A Pommel Horse, Parallel Bars and Rings
- Three sets of competition quality Asymmetric Bars, one with its own, sunken pit landing area
- Two sets of adjustable height High Bars
- A large size, built-in Trampoline, with 4cm protection pads – specifically designed for learning gymnastics skills in a safe environment
- Two huge, sunken pitted landing areas filled with foam logs to provide effective shock absorption when working on the equipment
All the gym equipment and fittings have been supplied by Gymnova, an internationally acclaimed manufacturer and a key supplier to the London 2012 Olympic Games.
And, there is (of course) our Dink’s Cafe, with complimentary Wi-fi, where you can meet friends or simply enjoy a skinny latte!