Posted on 11/05/2021 in Acrobatic
While gyms were closed across mainland Scotland earlier this year, Kilmarnock Acrobatic Gymnastics Club was busy preparing to open the doors to a brand new facility. Connie Terris tells us about their long search for their new home and what it means to them.
Kilmarnock Acrobatic Gymnastics Club (KAGC) has almost 40 years’ experience of providing excellent gymnastics classes in East Ayrshire. We specialise in acro and recreational gymnastics, although we will be introducing new sections soon. In June 2020 we were recognised as Club of the Month by East Ayrshire Sports Council (EASC) and were Club of the Year runners-up in their annual awards in November.
We’ve been searching for our own premises for nearly 20 years and were delighted to finally find a suitable unit in May last year. Change of Use consent was granted in August, the lease signed at the beginning of November and we gained entry at the beginning of January. After three months of hard work, we were ready to welcome our gymnasts into their new home just in time for the relaxation of restrictions. We are hugely grateful to everyone who made this possible and humbled by their passion and dedication.
We currently have 93 gymnasts and are aiming to increase the number of participants to 200 by the end of this year through the introduction of additional classes and sections.
We work collaboratively with other organisations to offer our young people as many opportunities as possible. Through East Ayrshire Sports Council, three of our junior coaches have attended Leadership Workshops to improve their skills and we have plans for further training soon.
At KAGC we are a community who also support other local causes and initiatives too. Our families generously donated toys, food and clothes to the Kilmarnock Masonic Hall and North Ayrshire Social Work Department’s Christmas Appeal. During Child Mental Health Week recently, our gymnasts left motivational quotes and drawings in public open spaces.
The Grange Leisure Centre was a brilliant home for KAGC for all these years, but having our own premises is instrumental to the development of the club. We can now provide our gymnasts with increased opportunities through improved equipment and additional training hours.
Scottish Gymnastics has been an incredible support to KAGC throughout the relocation process. Their toolkits, expertise and guidance have been invaluable, and we can’t thank them enough. We hope they can come and visit us soon!
Chair of Trustees - Kilmarnock Acrobatic Gymnastics Club