NEWS – DECEMBER 2020
REFLECTING ON 2020
So, as we look back on the year that was 2020, it’s a good time to reflect on some of the highlights as well as the challenges that this year has undoubtedly brought.
Little did we know, at this time last year, that it would be a year like no other!
February saw our last competition – Tulips in Spalding and in March, we completed one of our largest ever attended badge testing days before sadly closing our doors a week later for the next 4 months.
We didn’t put our feet up though and used the time to put together activities and challenges for our Term Time members and our squads – who remembers the Toilet Roll challenge? Or our Young Leaders producing Proficiency Badge videos for skills to practice at home?
The Young Leaders did a great job completing their “Lockdown Project”, ticking off more modules in their programme and in June, our Coaches completed a Mental Health in Sport & Physical Activity online course – getting better never stops!
In July, we got our first TV coverage on Look East and whilst we wish it could have been under different circumstances, it was great to be able to highlight the plight of many Gymnastics clubs and other sporting organisations across the country, having to stay closed… even when the pubs reopened.
At the end of July, we were delighted that we could reopen with a phased return for squads before our Term Time members came back in September. It was great to see the gym buzzing again, albeit in a very different way with social distancing, frequent sanitizing and no supporting meaning a very different experience but one that coaches and gymnasts adapted to amazingly well.
The stop-start nature with us now in lockdown 3 has been incredibly frustrating for all of us but it’s also been great to see members regain skills or even achieve new skills – and even more special when it’s been achieved without the reassurance of “hand support”!
We were thrilled to win the – Central England Prestige Awards – Gymnastics Club of the Year!
People often talk about “the comeback being stronger than the setback” and if 2020 is anything to go by, we’ve certainly seen evidence of this. The squad girls have done an amazing job of keeping themselves fit and motivated physically as well as mentally and we’re sure will continue to do so until we are allowed to reopen once again.
LIVING SPORT FINALIST!!!
We were absolutely delighted to not only be nominated for Living Sport’s Community Club of the Year but also be named as one of the three finalists. Whilst we didn’t win the overall award, we are all winners in our eyes and to make it as a finalist in such a challenging year, makes it all the more special and testament to the family spirit of the Club.