Youngsters have a spring in their step after fundraising

Some of the gymnasts at Stubbington Springboard Gymnastics Club
Some of the gymnasts at Stubbington Springboard Gymnastics Club
Ricardo Rodriguez, seven, on the minitrain Picture: Habibur Rahman (170915-97)

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STUBBINGTON gymnasts are jumping for joy at the thought of their new extension being built.

When they return after the summer holidays, the youngsters will find an expanded gym with top-of-the-range equipment – all thanks to an amazing fundraising drive.

Staff at the Springboard Gymnastics Club have been operating out of Crofton School’s gym for years. But with 75 students and 40 more on the waiting list, they need more space.

Head coaches Linda Reeve and Sarah Yeomans decided enough was enough and with the cash-strapped school unable to help, they opted to take matters into their own hands.

Through visits to local tradesmen and building sites they managed to secure donations of almost all the building materials they need to construct a new extension.

‘It has been hard work but we’re committed to having it finished by the end of the summer,’ said Sarah.

‘We’re so grateful to everybody who has pledged building materials, gym equipment or just help and support.

‘When we’re finished this will make such a difference to the students, we can’t carry on with the gym we have now.

‘This will allow us to improve our lessons and teach even more young people.’

The cost of the project is estimated at £6,200 and the budding gymnasts have been adding their own efforts to the push for funds.

A seven-mile cycle ride helped seven-year-old Stephen Wallace collect £150, which has gone to pay for a junior springboard.

His mum Vicki, 27, of Anker Lane in Stubbington, said: ‘He’s excited about the new extension and wanted to do something to help.

‘The coaches there are so dedicated and brilliant I can’t say enough good things about them.’

Now building is set to begin on Tuesday but one small element still needs providing – the bricks.

Sarah said: ‘There are definitely still things we need, so any more help at this stage would be amazing.’

Donations have come from Wickes in Fareham, Fareham Van Hire, Reekie’s, Homebase in Fareham, Sydenhams in Winchester, GCS Steels, Highwood Builders, Leadbitter and Graham Moyce, of Aeropark Developments Ltd, who donated breeze blocks.

Also helping the gym is local builder David Kent, who has offered to construct the extension at a reduced cost.

Contact Sarah at the gym by calling 07887 681 171.