With demand so strong, Crewe-based LS Gymnastics is moving into new premises to inspire the next generations of top athletes.
Already the largest TeamGym gymnastics club in the North, LS Gymnastics offers youngsters more than 30,000 training sessions per year.
Now, just three years after the club first opened its doors, it is moving to a new, bigger gymnastics facility which will open this week.
Crewe and Nantwich MP Laura Smith will be on-hand for the official launch, and will watch a training session with both elite athletes and mixed ability gymnastics.
More than 600 gymnasts now train at the club, including GB team members.
LS Gymnastics performance manager Candy Lakin and head coach Ellie Lakin grew the club from humble beginnings.
In 2016 they had just ten gymnasts on the books, with sessions based at Sir William Stanier School.
The pair, with over three decades of combined coaching experience, had the dream of creating a club that met the needs of the local community.
Candy said: “We have worked hard to find a centre that is suitable for the local need and to support our national gymnasts.
“This is an amazing opportunity to grow into something we previously only dreamt about and we are all very excited about the future.”
LS Gymnastics has moved into its new home at the Apollo Buckingham Health Sciences Campus (formerly the MMU Crewe campus) on Crewe Green Road.
The gym space now covers the area of two full-size basketball courts, and the facility has car parking capacity for 200 vehicles.
What is TeamGym?
TeamGym is a team competition for men and women, which includes spectacular routines being performed on three pieces of apparatus: floor, trampette and a tumbling track.
Gymnastics training at the Apollo Buckingham Campus is available for all abilities, including disabilities and pre-school gymnastics, and is open to gymnasts from across the North West.
LS Gymnastics has a particular focus on community and family involvement with a dedicated spectator viewing area, gymnast support and social area next to the main training space.
Sessions aim to offer fun, fitness and mental wellbeing as well as technical excellence.
Although the club was only formed three years ago, athletes training with LS Gymnastics have already gone on to win medals at national events – including the 2019 British championships, as well as securing places in the GB squad.
LS Gymnastics at the Apollo Buckingham Campus, will soon host zonal clinics for the European selection process, and this will also be the training venue for the GB squad in preparation for the European championships.
The venue will also provide training facilities for the GB Disabilities Display Team.