Fenland youngsters Spelbound by Britain’s Got Talent gymnastics success

A FENLAND gymnastics group has seen an unprecedented surge in children wanting to take up the sport following the success of Spelbound in Britain’s Got Talent.

The surge has coincided with Fenland Gymnastics Academy’s plans to expand both their elite and recreational programmes.

The club are holding two free taster sessions at its centre in Algores Way, Wisbech, tomorrow (Saturday) and on Saturday June 19 as part of their expansion plans.

Youngsters will be able to try out the equipment and the club’s senior gymnasts will be on hand to demonstrate their skills.

Club coaches have put the sudden surge in interest down to the daredevil routines, flips, twists and somersaults by Spelbound on their way to winning this year’s Britain’s Got Talent contest at the weekend.

Senior club coach Stewart Harrison, who is also the Cambridgeshire county boys head coach, said: “Gymnastics has traditionally been thought of as being dominated by girls, however, Spelbound have shown that the sport requires a phenomenal amount of strength, power and agility.

“The girls were pretty magical too, and who wouldn’t want to exhibit such grace, flexibility and balance. Gymnastics is a fantastic sport at whatever level.”

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The club, in partnership with Fenland Flames Sports Acro club, cater for boys and girls of all ages and abilities.

Sessions start with parent and child gym time, structured pre-school pirate classes, proficiency badge classes and adult sessions. Competitive Squad sessions are also available by invitation and trial.

The club also welcomes members who just want to keep fit but for those who want to, there are opportunities to compete across a wide spectrum from small friendly events to county, regional and national competitions.

Harrison also said: “Fenland Gymnastics Academy also offers a gifted and talented programme where gymnasts have the opportunity to train with first class specialist coaches in small groups of one or two per coach. These gymnasts train upwards of 16 hours.”

• Both taster sessions run from 9.30-10.30am. To book your place, or to arrange a time to visit and have a look at the facilities, contact Jody on 07716 480402 or Kirstie on 07792 543320. Alternatively, visit www.fenlandgym.co.uk for more information on session times and prices.