When you can count an Olympic medallist as one of your own (Dan Purvis), are home to the British cheerleading champions, and boast the only ‘pitted’ (foam blocks in large holes to cushion landings) facility in the area, you’d wonder why Southport Gymnastics Club would ever have to worry about continuing.
But, according to Emma Richardson, Gymnastic Club Manager, they’re just coming out of some dark days when she was managing over 1,000 children, doing the accounts and virtually running the place on her own.
“There were moments where I didn’t think we’d be able to carry on. We were funded by YMCA up until Sept 2016 but that stopped. Since it’s been a real struggle but we’re finally coming out the other side. Co-op has supported us all the way.”
Film by Ben Brosnan
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Emma was thrilled when in April they started benefiting from our Local Community Fund.
Once they receive the money from our members’ 1% in November, new trampolines are at the top of their shopping list. They also need to raise £50,000 to buy the building they’ve been renting for years.