Gymnastics club bids to attract more boys

Jamie Batay trying out freestyle gymnastics at a taster session held in the Swan Centre
Jamie Batay trying out freestyle gymnastics at a taster session held in the Swan Centre

GYMNASTICS has always been a sport which has attracted more girls than boys.

But now, Berwick Gymnastics Club is hoping to redress the balance slightly by trying to attract more young males through the doors.

One of the ways of doing this is through specialist funding which has been made available to the club from the sport’s governing body.

A four-week taster course in freestyle gymnastics was launched at the Swan Centre at the weekend. Organiser Debbie Couch is hoping that the raw brand of urban activities will help bring more boys to the club.

“Gymnastics is growing in popularity all the time, even more so with the success of the British team at the 2012 London Olympics,” she said.

“Freestyle gymnastics is a rapidly growing activity which incorporates aspects of other ‘street’ activities such as Parkhour, Free Running and Urban Gymnastics.

“These are all styles which we think might make the sport more attractive to young boys, which is why we are running the course.”

The course started on Sunday when a number of freestyle experts went through their paces, and will continue for the next three weeks (January 20, 27 and February 3).

It is open to anyone aged 12 and over and the funding from British Gymnastics means the cost has been kept down to only £1.50 for the one and a half hour sessions which are held between noon and 1.30pm.

A course for recreational gymnastics for beginners (aged from five plus years) is also being held in conjunction with this between 1.30 and 3pm.