COVENTRY trampolinists are jumping for joy after being able to safely return to the sport.
Central Galaxy Coventry Trampoline Club are one of a number of clubs that have reopened their doors in England, adopting a phased approach to gradually reintroduce their members.
Senior coach at CGCTC, Stacey Christopherson, could not speak more positively about the news and is encouraged by the progress that has been made so far.
“It’s been absolutely fantastic having everyone back – I didn’t realise how much I’d missed them,” she said.
“To have the excitement and noise return to the gym and all of their smiles, it really was lovely.
“We’re operating in a different way, with sanitising stations, one-way systems and giving our gymnasts certain areas to stay in, but it all seems to be going well and the children have been absolutely amazing in adapting to the new environment and staying positive.
“British Gymnastics have been a big support during the lockdown and reopening and we’re using all of their signage throughout the gym which has been great. They’ve also shared all of the most up-to-date guidance online which has been a huge help.”
Members at Central Galaxy Coventry were not completely grounded during the downtime caused by the COVID-19 lockdown however, running a number of virtual challenges – including a challenge to walk the 6,000 miles between Coventry and Tokyo between the club’s gymnasts in a bid to stay fit.
And Helen Phillips MBE, the president of British Gymnastics, has praised the club for ensuring the next generation of gymnasts can continue to excel at the sport they love.
“Many young gymnasts have missed their friends and clubmates terribly over the past six months and will be overjoyed to be going back to their local club. All across the country, so many clubs have done amazing work to get ready to reopen in a Covid-safe environment,” she added.
“It’s time to get back to gymnastics, renew friendships and get active. Gymnastics is a community sport and our clubs are at the heart of it.”