Funding. Circular Head Gymnastics Club is all set to somersault into its new season.
Hosting an open day on Saturday, politicians were in attendance to make an election commitment to the club: a re-elected Liberal government will provide $50,000 towards the construction of a purpose built facility.
Community members recently came together to form the club following an almost decade long hiatus.
While Circular Head Aboriginal Corporation hosts a kinder gym at the Smithton Girl Guides Hall every Friday from 9.30 to 11am for children aged birth to five, until now older gymnasts have had to travel along the coast to access these opportunities.
The club, which will cater to children from birth to teenage years, gathered more than 150 registrations on Saturday ahead of the start of term one this Tuesday (February 13).
Classes will be held three nights a week – Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday – and will be coached by Kathleen Dawes, alongside coaches in training Carolyn Dennison and Jess Smith.
Limited places remain in the Gym Tots and Gym Fun classes for children aged from birth to four, and four to seven.
Club committee member Thalia Bishop says the election promise will complement funding from both Circular Head Council’s Community Small Grants Scheme and from the Whites Rural Community Grant which has been used to purchase new equipment.
“We’d really like to thank the Circular Head community for embracing the club,” she says.
“There are so many people we could thank but without this full support, this would have been impossible.”
Liberal Member for Braddon Roger Jaensch was in attendance at the weekend to announce the funding.
“Encouraging more people to take up sport particularly at an early age sets the tone for later life, fostering positive attitudes towards healthy lifestyle choices.”
The current rented Nelson Street premises is “unsuitable for longterm use” Mr Jaensch said.
The project proposal involves a co-location plan with the Circular Head Council recreation facilities, which would allow shared use of modern amenities to a larger number of local recreational clubs
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