New GB Elite Training Centre Opens
As the largest TeamGym gymnastics club in the North, LS Gymnastics delivers more than 30,000 training sessions each year – and with demand so strong since opening just three years ago, it is moving to a new, bigger gym facility to be opened today (2 October 2019) by Crewe and Nantwich MP Laura Smith.
With more than 600 gymnasts now taking training every week, including elite GB team athletes, LS Gymnastics has moved to a new home at the Apollo Buckingham Health Sciences Campus (formerly MMU campus) on Crewe Green Road in the centre of Crewe. The gym space at the campus is more than 38m2, or two full-size basketball courts, and the facility has car parking capacity for 200 vehicles.
TeamGym is a team competition for men and women, which includes spectacular routines being performed on three pieces of apparatus: floor, trampette and a tumbling track. Gymnastics training at the Apollo Buckingham Campus is available for all abilities, including disabilities and pre-school gymnastics, and is open to gymnasts from across the north-west. LS Gymnastics has a particular focus on community and family involvement with a dedicated spectator viewing, gymnast support and social area next to the training space. Sessions aim for fun, fitness and mental well-being as well as technical excellence.
The dedicated, 30-strong coaching team includes elite *national coaches for both the British men’s and women’s teams and despite the fact it was only formed three years ago, athletes training with LS Gymnastics have already gone on to win medals at national events including the 2019 British Championships, as well as securing places in the GB squad.
LS Gymnastics will host Zonal Clinics for the European selection process at the Apollo Buckingham Campus, which will also be the training venue for the GB squad in preparation for the European Championships; and will provide training facilities for the GB Disabilities Display Team.
Formed in humble beginnings in 2016 by the Lakin family, LS Gymnastics had just ten gymnasts and the dream of creating a club that met the needs of the community. Having a total combined 32 years coaching experience, *Candy and Ellie Lakin ran the club from Sir William Stanier Sports Hall with the support of volunteers and family members. For the last three years, they have set up and dismantled the gym equipment, staffed events and supported the gymnasts in their development.
Candy Lakin, said “We have worked hard to find a centre that is suitable for the local need and to support our National gymnasts. This is an amazing opportunity to grow into something we previously only dreamt about and we are all very excited about the future.”
Amanda Weston, Director of Wellbeing for Apollo Buckingham said: “We have a lot of demand from the community for our facilities and we believe LS Gymnastics can offer a centre of excellence that all of Crewe should be proud of. It fits our ethos of encouraging activity and health and we will be delighted to support British team Gymnasts as they train for the European Championships.”