FreeG is raising the profile of gymnastics

Aiden Bradd in action during freeG classes in Duns
Aiden Bradd in action during freeG classes in Duns

Berwick Gymnastics Club held two events last weekend when a general gymnastics’s floor, vault and acro competition was followed by a FreeG Jam.

The general competition attracted 41 entries and concluded in a tumbling display on an AirTrack.

In the afternoon there was a ‘FreeG Jam’, perhaps the first of its type in the north east.

The FreeG Jam attracted over 30 athletes from an area stretching from Alnwick to Edinburgh.

A club spokesman said: “The FreeG afternoon was open to anyone, so, not only did we have experienced FreeGers, but those brand new to the activity also.

“Following a warm up and stretch - led by our more experienced male FreeGers - there was a display covering a wide range of FreeG skills - up to Level 3 in the FreeG world - and then various stations were covered by FreeG qualified coaches so that those new to the skills could ‘give it a go’ themselves in a supervised way, while the more experienced simply got on with their stuff.

“As its name suggests, FreeG consists of almost anything - vaults, wall flips, palm spins, wall spins, tic tac, tricks and kicks,

“In a one and a half hour session aspirations were raised, vast amounts of energy burnt up, fitness raised, new FreeGers added to our waiting lists (we run FreeG from three bases, have a fourth coming on line, and have waiting lists in two of them, all in a period of four months.

“Early support for our FreeG development - in the form of basic equipment grant - came from Northumberland Sport, plus lots of input from British Gymnastics and Borders Sport and Leisure Trust (on the Scottish side of the Border).

“Just recently we have also received fantastic news of major support from British Gymnastics via their FreeG Equipment Bursary. Our minds are buzzing with the potential this raises, our FreeGers cannot wait to get on the equipment that will provide opportunities to enhance their skill levels further and be staggeringly superb fun too.”

Berwick Gymnastics Club has been running now for 14 years, but head coach Debbie Couch says FreeG is opening up the sport to a wider base of participation then ever before.

“It is thrilling, dramatic, inspiring, often participant led and great fun,” she said.