The Join In blog: Tagged "gymnastics"

Team GB athletes and volunteers inspire the next generation of gymnasts.

Springboard to success

For Kieran Bird, volunteering has led to paid job in the sport he loves. He tells us about his time at Milton Keynes Springers Gymnastics Club.

Why did you choose to help out in gymnastics?

I’ve been around sports all my life, either playing or watching them on TV, and gymnastics was always something I had an interest in. I mean, some of things gymnasts can do are incredible – truly a piece of art as I like to think in the back of my mind.

What made you decide to volunteer?

After finishing college, I was looking for work but it was hard to come by especially in sport. So I decided to go the old fashioned route and volunteer (via the Join In website). That way, I could get experience and improve my coaching.

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Our year in pictures.

Our favourite photos from 2015

Here at Join In, we’re lucky to receive photos of our volunteers on a regular basis. Over the course of this year, we’ve worked with a handful of professional photographers and also received loads of pics taken by just about everyone with a smartphone.

Here are our favourite photos of the year. Look closely to see if you can spot anyone you know!

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Fife star gymnastics

How volunteering solved an Enigma

Jennifer Mann knew there was the will for another gymnastics club in Fife. So she teamed up with her fellow volunteers to make it happen.

Four years ago Enigma Gymnastics Club, in Fife, was made up of just 13 teenage girls. Now the club boasts more than 200 members, both boys and girls, age 3-17. The growth and success of the club has been down to the hard work and dedication of volunteer Jennifer Mann. Jennifer hopes to inspire a new generation of young volunteers to continue this success and realise their sporting aspirations.

From ballet to gymnastics

Jennifer’s journey in gymnastics began aged just 6 years old when she swapped the ballet barre for the balance beam and joined her local gymnastics club, Kirkcaldy G.C. In her 30 years at the club, Jennifer took part as gymnast, assistant coach, class coach and, finally, as head coach. (more…)

How Pegasus Gymnastics grew wings

A change in facilities and a crew of determined helpers can boost membership, as Local Leader Helen Seamer found out at Pegasus Gymnastics Club.

“Gymnastics is enjoying a surge in popularity thanks to the success of Team GB at the London 2012 Olympic Games and subsequent international competitions.

Gymnastics clubs up and down the country are fully subscribed, many with long waiting lists of children keen to become the next Beth Tweddle or Louis Smith.

Working hard to capitalise on the growth in the sport is Ionut Trandaburu and the team at Pegasus Gymnastics Club in Maidstone. Ionut has a distinguished record as a gymnast and International Performance coach.

His superb technical knowledge has enabled him to build a coaching team that can cater for the full range of gymnastic ability, from babies in the Kindergym, to elite performance level.

New Olympic standard gymnasium

The benefits derived from Olympic-level apparatus can be immense. 

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Gallery: Gymnast Louis Smith lends a hand at his first club

Olympic gymnast Louis Smith started his medal-winning career at Huntingdon Gymnastics Club. He headed back there on the Join In Summer Relay 2014 – this time as one of the volunteers that success like his relies upon.

Just weeks after winning gold with the England men’s team at Glasgow 2014, Louis was back in the gym in his Cambridgeshire hometown to help out the potential champions of tomorrow.

“For me, that’s kind of where life started,” said the pommel horse specialist. “My Mum used to take me to the gymnastics club from the age of five. (more…)

Beth Tweddle – flying high for Britain

Watching gymnast Beth Tweddle soar above the bars in her outstanding qualifying performance, we bet you were as thrilled as we were that she’s been given a chance to go for gold.

Overcoming a serious knee operation just three months ago, the 27 year old from Cheshire is considered to be the best British gymnast of all time, and says gymnastics ‘runs deep in her blood’.

One person who no doubt agrees with her is volunteer coach June Deeley. For more than 23 years, June has been training young gymnasts at the Crewe & Nantwich Gymnastics Club, where 7 year old Beth first started out in a Saturday morning class. (more…)