GYMNASTS from MK Springers are jumping for joy this week after councillors allowed them to move into bigger and better premises.
The club applied to move a few doors from its base at number 16 Carters Lane, Kiln Farm to a unit that is double the size.
With growing numbers of members, it had outgrown its old premises and the youngsters needed more room to practice.
Though the letting agents, after some “tough negotiations” agreed to the swap, there was still the matter of council planning permission.
For the 18,000 sq ft unit is classified as industrial and the club was forced to apply for a change of use to leisure.
“The planning department told us they were going to refuse permission, which was why we had to ask for the help of councillors,” said MK Springers manager Jean Heffer-Rahn.
The club manager asked permission to speak at last week’s council meeting, explaining the success of the young gymnasts.
Minutes later the change of use was agreed unanimously.
“This was greeted with a massive cheer from the assembled parents, gymnasts and friends of MK Springers,” said Jean.
“We are so grateful for the support of all our parents and in particular the advice and assistance given by Councillor John Hawthorn,” she said.
MK Springers, a registered charity, teaches gymnastics to children aged between three and 18 plus.
It has community sports coaches who take classes at schools all over the city and also runs popular after school gym clubs.
It even caters for energetic tots by running parent and toddler gym classes.
Now the club coaches and volunteers will be busy moving up the road into their new building.
“Now the hard work starts!” said Jean.