Fledgling club enjoying a successful year

Youngsters at TyneMet Gymnastics Club.

Youngsters at TyneMet Gymnastics Club.

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A FLEDGLING Tyneside gymnastics club is making rapid progress just ten months after getting off the ground.

TyneMet Gymnastics Club was founded earlier this year to give local youngsters a chance to experience a new sport on their doorstep.

And the community club, based at Wallsend’s TyneMet College, made a big impression on its debut at a brace of local competitions.

Coach Lynsey White said: “We started out by taking part in a local around the world-themed Gym Fusion festival.

“This was the first event the club had ever taken part in and the gymnasts had a great time showing off what they had learned since the club started in November.

“After some excellent feedback and a lot of fun TyneMet hopes to take part in this festival every year.”

Buoyed by that initial breakthrough, the club travelled to an open competition in Spennymoor.

White and her squad returned to Tyneside with a team silver plus an individual gold and two individual silvers.

“I don’t think anyone imagined we’d do so well so soon but everyone’s worked really hard since we came together,” added a proud White.

“We didn’t know what to expect from the Spennymoor competition but it exceeded everyone’s expectations.”

TyneMet’s Chris Bunten, who runs the college’s Flex Fitness gym and co-ordinates community involvement, added: “This is exactly what we should be doing.

“TyneMet prides itself in being at the heart of the local community and it’s important that people realise that our facilities aren’t simply for students and staff.

“We’re working very hard to open ourselves up to a greater number of community groups and the gymnastics club is something we’re all very proud of.

“After their initial success I can only see them going from strength to strength.

“And I’m hoping that the gymnastics club will encourage other start-up clubs to consider basing themselves at TyneMet in the future.”

For more information on TyneMet Gymnastics Club or the range of opportunities available at the College contact Chris via email at chris.bunten@tynemet.ac.uk