The Isle of Lewis Gymnastics Club got a welcome boost this summer as six of its volunteer coaches completed coach training.
The coaches gave up days of their Easter and summer breaks to complete Level 1 and Level 2 gymnastics coach training.
On top of the training days and exams, the coaches also put in many hours running regular gymnastics sessions and completing plans and log books.
Thanks to support from Steven Munro, Community Sports Development Officer for Lewis and Harris (CnES Sport and Health), a programme of training was put in place. Scottish Gymnastics staff came to the island in April and July to train and assess the Club's coaches and – we're pleased to announce – they all passed!
The Isle of Lewis Gymnastics Club has been running in Stornoway for around thirty years and all of the coaches are volunteers. Usually hosting round eighty children on a Saturday morning, the Club is very popular.
In 2018, several of the regular volunteer coaches moved on and the Club faced closure. Fortunately three of the Club's Level 1 coaches stepped up and agreed to undertake the Level 2 course (required by Scottish Gymnastics to operate the Club), with three further volunteers registering for Level 1 training.
The Club's head coach, Jane Macintosh, took on the massive task of mentoring the coaches throughout their training, for which all of the coaches, and indeed the Club as a whole, are very grateful.
The next challenge for the Club is to tackle its long waiting list, which currently has 100+ names on it. In an average year, the Club is only able to offer around ten places to new members. This is simply due to the popularity of gymnastics as only a handful of children leave the Club each year so places do not come become available. The waiting list has been closed for some time and children have been on it for several years.
As a result of the recent training, the Club plans to offer places to those at the top of the waiting list after the summer break.
Club volunteers are currently reviewing the waiting list, although the list remains closed at this time.
The Isle of Lewis Gymnastics Club is looking forward to the 2019-20 session, which will resume after the summer break with our newly qualified coach team.
To contact the Club, please follow 'Isle of Lewis Gymnastics Club – Public Page' on Facebook. Any information about the waiting list being reopened will be posted there.