sportscotland has invested £350,000 to significantly extend the gymnastics facilities at the renamed Gordon Forster National Gymnastics Centre at Inverclyde.
The funding has been provided to help the men’s and women’s Artistic national teams prepare and train in a performance environment ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
The extension and provision of new equipment will help to maximise Team Scotland’s medal potential at Glasgow 2014, and deliver a lasting legacy to the people of Largs and the surrounding areas by providing the opportunity for people of all abilities to use the centre’s state-of-the-art facilities.
This extension and investment in new equipment ensures that Scotland’s national teams and all those participating in the gymnastics community programme have world-class training facilities.
The Gymnastics Initiative at Inverclyde provides classes to 400 participants per week to pre-school and school-age children. At the performance end of the Initiative, Largs Gymnastics Club have children competing at all levels of competition, and the Initiative has supported many gymnasts to National squad level, including two current members of the British Squad – David Weir and Louise McColgan - one of whom, David Weir, is on track to represent Scotland at the games in Glasgow in 2014.
The gymnastics programme now has additional pre-school classes operating at the Centre.
John Kent, Principal of sportscotland’s Inverclyde National Sports Training Centre, said:
“This state-of-the-art gymnastics extension provides a boost for Scotland’s high performance athletes vying for a place in Scotland’s teams and contending for medals at Glasgow 2014.
“The on-going success of the Gymnastics Initiative ensures that hundreds of children and young people of all abilities from the local communities are also able to benefit from regularly using these world-class facilities.”
Allan McKinnon, the National Sports Training Centre’s Gymnastics Development Manager, said:
“The extension to the facility gives Largs one of, if not the premier gymnastics facilities in the country.
“It’s fantastic that, not only will our national teams have a world-class training facility, but the children of Largs and the surrounding communities continue to have the opportunity to participate and train at the home of our national gymnastics teams.”
Men’s Head Coach at Scottish Gymnastics, Jim Holt, said:
“The Inverclyde extension is a huge step forward for the infrastructure of gymnastics in Scotland and will pay massive dividends in our preparations for the 2014 Commonwealth Games and beyond.
“The Men’s Gymnastics program is very excited about the facility’s expanded capacity and in the potential for us to train both more intensively and safely.
“Our deepest thanks are extended to the management team at Inverclyde and to sportscotland. I am confident that the resulting “dividends” in terms of Scottish competitive placings will repay this investment many times over in the years to come.
“It is Scottish Gymnastics hope to have this standard of performance environment within all of their key regions within Scotland, and the Inverclyde extension is a step forward to achieving this vision.”
Gordon Forster was Scottish Gymnastics’ National Coach from 1975-1992 whose developments revolutionised the sport in Scotland. Gordon sadly passed away last year, leaving behind the legacy of a thriving sport.
If you would like to enquire about a residential visit for your club please contact the centre on 01475674666 or go to www.nationalcentreinverclyde.org.uk
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