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Woking Gymnastics

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MEET BIZ AWARD WINNER 2018: W O K I N G   G Y M N A S T I C S

 

How does Woking Gymnastics work with the community? Here is what they offer and how they're involved:

Community programme 
Woking Gymnastics Club is committed to serving the community and making our exciting sport accessible to as many people as possible.  See below for some of our current work within the community... 

 

Schools Gymnastics 
On a weekly basis we work with a number of local schools, reaching participants who do not always have the opportunity to attend club classes. We provide weekly lunch time and after school classes, teacher training sessions, school trips, taster sessions, displays and coaching workshops.  Some of the schools we have worked with over the last year and continue to work with include; Horsell Village School, Barnsbury Junior School, Hoe Valley School, Woking College, St Augustine’s School, The Hermitage School, Kings College, St John the Baptist School, St Georges Weybridge and Winston Churchill School. 

 

Community Gymnastics 
Within the community, we provide sessions for underrepresented groups including Surrey Young Carers. Our coaches visit local Surestart centres on a monthly basis delivering sessions for pre-school children, developing interaction and child development skills. The costs of which are funded through the club and we do not charge any of the groups for this community work.
On Friday evenings we offer our facility to local groups for hire. Over recent months we have worked with Surrey University Gymnastics, Dance Woking, Roehampton Cheerleaders, Surrey Angels and Hands Down Martial Arts.
We also work in partnership with and support many local organisations including, Woking Borough Council, Dance Woking, Sport Woking, Active Surrey, Woking Rotary Club, Woking Inclusive Sports Club, British Gymnastics, South East Gymnastics and Surrey Gymnastics.  

 

Disability Gymnastics 
Woking Gymnastics Club is a registered ‘I’m In’ club, meaning we are dedicated to creating more participation opportunities for disabled participants, as well as being the Hub Club for disability gymnastics within the South East region. Within the last year we have run a number of events to help clubs expand their offerings as well as providing new opportunities for participants. Some of these include; a coaching clinic for clubs in the local community, an entry level competition open for all clubs, three taster days for new participants. From these events within the last year we have managed to engage 8 new clubs and over 50 participants in disability sport.

 

We have recently opened a new dedicated pre-school disability class running every week which is attended by children from the Whitelodge Centre and Freemantles school. 
We also continually reach out to local disability groups to offer taster days and dedicated sessions. Within recent months we have run sessions for; Whitelodge, Sight for Surrey and LinkAble. Finally, we also support local disability events where possible. In recent months our coaches have supported the Surrey Para Games, with many children participating in gymnastics for the first time! 

 

Fundraising 
As a registered charity, we continually look to support other local charities through fundraising at the club. Recently, we have raised for £348.00 for Great Ormond Street and The Rainbow Trust. We have also supported the Lennox Charity through their 50:50 fundraiser.

 

Prizes and Vouchers
We support a number of other charities, schools and groups with their fundraising efforts by providing vouchers and prizes. We have recently donated to the National Childbirth Trust, Children in Need Raffle, Surrey County Care as well as many local schools. 

 

Events
Woking Gymnastics Club attends and supports a number of community events including Woking's Party in the Park and Winston Churchill Summer Camp Week. 

 

Biz Award Winner: Woking Gymnastics

Biz spoke to Jess from Woking Gymnastics on their 2018 Biz Award win.