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PUBLISHED: 08:50 10 May 2008 | UPDATED: 08:57 13 July 2010

Sheringham Gymnastics Club members are jumping for joy after being presented with a £3,000 inflatable tumble track.



The bouncy castle-style, 12m runway, which will allow youngsters to practice floor routines safely, was bought with part of a £10,000 Awards for All lottery grant, with other new equipment including a trampette, mats, asymmetric bars and a competition vault.

Sheringham Gymnastics Club members are jumping for joy after being presented with a £3,000 inflatable tumble track.

The bouncy castle-style, 12-metre runway, which will allow youngsters to practise floor routines safely, was bought with part of a £10,000 Awards for All lottery grant, with other new equipment including a trampette, mats, asymmetric bars and a competition vault.

Since being set up at Sheringham High School 18 months ago, the club, which is open to girls aged eight-plus, has gone from strength to strength, winning team bronze awards in this year's Norfolk County Schools Gymnastics competition floor and vault section and Year 7 competition.

But because of a lack of suitable equipment, the club's 35 members were unable to take part in British Gymnastics four-piece competitions.

"We were limited in what we could do before, so, in terms of training, having the new equipment will take us into a different league," said coach Derek Welch.

"It will enable us to move from being a school club to a registered gymnastics club, which is a major step for us."

Mr Welch thanked Sheringham High School head teacher Tim Roderick and Active Norfolk for supporting the club's lottery application. "This is a great achievement for us, and it reflects our belief that we are providing a much-needed facility in this part of north Norfolk," he said.

Sheringham Gymnastics Club meets on Wednesdays from 3-5pm. For more information, phone 01263 822363 or e-mail: dwelch@sheringhamhigh.lpplus.net.

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