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Olympic medallist Beth Tweddle opens new gymnastics centre in Nottinghamshire

Olympic medallist Beth Tweddle MBE is encouraging children in Mansfield to get active and try something new with the opening of her new state-of-the-art gymnastics centre.

The new centre will welcome all abilities and have classes available from ages 0+, meaning babies making their first tumbles will be as welcome as teenagers perfecting their skills.

With a wealth of benefits, from keeping their heart fit and healthy, to strengthening the mind and improving mental health, gymnastics is a great sport to help children grow – no matter their age or ability.

What’s more, three in ten young people reported being less physically active than usual over lockdown, making it the perfect time to introduce little ones to a new sport.

Tweddle, Britain’s most successful female gymnast, with three world titles and an Olympic bronze medal from London 2012, is passionate about giving all children the opportunity to get involved in gymnastics and develop talent in the local area.

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Speaking about the opening of the new centre, Beth said: “I’m really excited to be able to open this new gymnastics centre in Mansfield. The town has such a great history of sport and I wanted to make sure gymnastics had its place in the roster.

“Children across the country have spent the last two years in lockdown, or with reduced opportunities to practice sports. At times they were unable to see their friends and get moving, so it’s more important than ever for us to get them involved.”

She continued: “I truly believe there is a sport for every child – they just need the right opportunity to find it. Gymnastics is an excellent activity to be involved in, but one of the main barriers is often the lack of available, suitable facilities. That’s why we’ve designed this bespoke facility, completely dedicated to gymnastics development for all, at grassroots level.

As well as the physical benefits of the sport, gymnastics also helps children with their cognitive skills, social skills and dedication, which can help them in later life. It provides opportunities for children to be creative, stimulate their imaginations through sport and recognise their unique role within a team, most importantly it’s fun and can help children feel happier and more confident.”

Different Classes Available at Beth Tweddle Gymnastics Mansfield:

  • Gymnastics is a brilliant option for all ages, with parent and baby classes starting from 0–24 months.

  • As they grow, children will develop key physical movement and social skills, plus the classes allow parents to spend fun, quality time with their little ones and other mums and dads.
  • Children will then progress to the Beth Tweddle Gym Stars programme for 2-7 year olds,  where they will learn fundamental movements, have fun, make new friends and achieve badges and certificates for every milestone.
  • Finally, budding gymnasts from 8+ years can join the Beth Tweddle Academy, where they will work through the Beth Tweddle Academy Awards, learning skills such as determination, teamwork and perseverance.
  • The fun and structured two hour long sessions are run by passionate qualified coaches where gymnasts can achieve badges, certificates and stickers on the way.

The new gymnastics centre will be opening on Saturday 9th April at Portland Retail Park next to the new swim! Mansfield. Free taster sessions will be available for aspiring gymnasts to come along and give it a go.

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