Acklam Gym is a not for profit amateur gymnastics club that has been established for over 35 years,.
It is affiliated to British Gymnastics and are Gym Mark Registered. The gym promotes the amateur sport of gymnastics in Middlesbrough and the surrounding areas. It provides opportunities to young people and children.
The club competes in local, regional and national competitions in acrobatics, general gymnastics, tumbling and Team Gym disciplines. It has had great success over the years.
Located in a disadvantaged area where children may suffer from low self-confidence and physical fitness the Club aims to raise their self-confidence, physical, mental and social health which is likely to raise their aspirations and application to education, and therefore their employment prospects. Membership is approximately 100 children ranging from 3- 17 years old currently.
Funding has been requested to support the expansion of club classes by adding a beginners tumbling class which will enable them to engage with more children in the area which will encourage them to keep active, fit and healthy at an early stage.
To enable this, the Club would like to purchase a top tumbler which aids the development of specific tumbling moves. This would enable children to take part in local, regional and national competitions through the year.
The Club carry out fund raising events themselves however having moved into new premises well over a year ago they have had to concentrate their efforts on repairing the roof and installing central heating to the facility which they currently occupy.
The Club is still paying for the heating hence the reason for applying for funding for this new equipment.