From ‘just a gymnastics club’ to community sports enterprise

This is the title of the presentation given by Dave Marshall, Head of Participation, British Gymnastics at Sport for Social Good – the new strategy for sport in England on 5th July 2016 at Britannia Stadium, Stoke City FC.

An aspiration of British Gymnastics 2013-17 strategic plan is for ‘a gymnastics club to become a hub of the community’. To meet this aspiration gymnastics clubs have been supported to broaden their offer and provide opportunities for new groups including non-traditional gymnastic participants.Infrastructure support has helped clubs to develop robust businesses that provide many benefits to the local community.

Many clubs have started to engage with new types of gymnastics to appeal to wider audiences and delivering non-gymnastics activities that add further value. Clubs have been encouraged to develop links with other community partners that add value to their programme and provide benefits to the community. Clubs often support the delivery of gymnastics in schools and deliver sessions in multiple venues including community and leisure centres that widen access. The number of dedicated gymnastics facilities has nearly doubled in the past 4 years and initiatives such as apprenticeships and leadership programmes are encouraging and supporting young adults to set up new clubs and become business managers.
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David leads on the participation growth strategy for BG that has had significant success supporting a year on year growth in participation in gymnastics clubs and other providers and his remit at BG covers facilities, club and partner development, disabilities and activities.

This conference will bring everybody together

Real stories and successes to be told, lessons to be learnt,
ideas and experiences to be shared

Delegates will come from community sports clubs, governing bodies of sport, local authorities, community sports trusts at our professional and semi-pro clubs, informal sports providers, community sports enterprises, community groups and other community sports providers and community organisations.

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