The Academy is appealing to any local businesses that can help provide dehumidifiers and has launched a fundraising campaign.
Notts Gymnastics Academy on the site of Rushcliffe School has 1,500 gymnasts ranging from children to elite Team GB athletes – both Nottingham universities also use the facility to train.
@westbridgfordwirenews The Academy is appealing to any local businesses that can help provide dehumidifiers and has launched a fundraising campaign. Notts Gymnastics Academy on the site of Rushcliffe School has 1,500 gymnasts ranging from children to elite Team GB athletes – both Nottingham universities also use the facility to train. The scene on Sunday evening when the flood was discovered . More at linkinbio . #stormbabet #flood #flooding #fyp #foryoupage #westbridgford #nottinghamshire #nottinghamnews #nottingham #notts #rivertrent #uknews #gymnastics #nottsgymnasticsacademy ♬ original sound – West Bridgford Wire News
Having successfully hosted the Notts Open at the weekend that success turned to heartbreak when the extent of the flood damage was discovered.
They need help and have asked for dehumidifiers and any other support from local businesses and residents – as a registered charity this sort of damage is a major problem – it is expected to take months to fix and to then reopen the site for use.
Men’s Artistic Head Coach Josh Champion told The Wire:
‘After Storm Babet we found that our main pit in the gym had flooded – this is devastating as it is our largest pit and sits under many pieces of apparatus.
‘We are extremely grateful to the staff, parents and carers who volunteered their time on Monday to help us empty the foam pit and assess the damage.
‘As you can imagine, the damage is extensive, we are now on a clear up challenge and working to make sure it doesn’t leak again.
‘However, the biggest cost will be in the replacement of the foam.
‘The foam pits are a vital part of gymnastics training.
‘They are needed to help the gymnasts develop their skills and confidence, especially as the skills get more difficult.
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Ruth Edwards MP said: “I’m extremely sad to hear about the flood damage to Notts Gymnastics Academy.
“I have always enjoyed visiting it and been impressed by the team spirit and amazing gymnastics on display.
“It’s a very special place for many gymnasts across Nottinghamshire, where Olympic stars mix with young children who are just starting in the sport.
I have been in touch with the academy to offer any help that I can and will work with both them and Nottinghamshire County Council to help get the gym fit for purpose again.”