Young gymnasts wow the crowds

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ARABIAN School of Gymnastics have been a major draw in Bletchley in the month of June.

Last week they secretly showed the Community Foundation some of their best gymnasts with a private display of talent behind closed doors.

The Foundation has been a staunch supporter in the development of the charitable club, and when they paid a visit to see the equipment they had helped the club to buy, they got a 20 minute showcase of the club’s best gymnasts, assisted by many schools who allowed their students to leave early to be there.

Then on Saturday they followed that up with an amazing pre-school competition, where 60 young boys and girls demonstrated what they have recently learnt at Arabian.

The youngsters were all aged three or four, but had no problems in trying out the balance beam, bars, spring board and trampette as parents and family watched on in a packed gym.

The atmosphere was electrified by the sound of giggles from the 60 children who loved every moment of showing their ability as they jumped and danced their way to winning medals and certificates.

Arabian head coach Alan Armitage couldn’t have been prouder of the club and his young gymnasts.

He said: “Plenty of coaches and volunteers did a remarkable job of making sure the event ran smoothly.

“It was without doubt a show of not just young talented children in the city, but what wealth we have of genuine people who care greatly about the development of young people in the community.

“For me the defining moment of the day was when a coach was stood by the trampette, and as the young girl ran to jump on it, she just jumped straight into the arms of the coach who was there in case she slipped.”

Arabian complete a busy month with their club championships this Sunday, with more than 200 young gymnasts again in action.