We have helped Stafford Gymnastics Club to buy state-of-the-art training equipment for their 300 club gymnasts, including four pairs of gymnasts who are taking part in the national finals on 13-14 May.
It came to our attention that the local gymnasium was looking to purchase an important piece of equipment. To enable the gymnasts to practise such moves, we helped to buy a Tumble Track, complete with a ramp extension, to help with forward and backward flips on a soft and forgiving surface rather than a hard floor.
The Tumble Track is designed to keep athletes safe by enabling them to do more repetitions than is currently possible to improve their techniques but with less stress on their bodies, particularly the ankles. The equipment is also popular for training cheerleaders and is suitable for all skill ranges – from beginner to elite – allowing athletes to learn and perfect their new skills and progressions.
We heard that Stafford Gymnastics Club was trying to raise funds buy organising raffles, coffee mornings and selling cakes had only brought in a fraction of the money required. We offered to pay the difference and in return the gym club owner Emma Hunt would install one of our promotional signs and have our brochures on display.
Emma said: “This is a great piece of kit and we are indebted to Howards for helping us to acquire it. Everyone has been working incredibly hard at fund-raising but it would’ve taken us a couple of years to be able to afford the Tumble Track. We are delighted that with Howards’ help our gymnasts will be able to benefit from it so much earlier.”
As financial advisers to many local business leaders and sole traders – several of whom use this gym with their families – we are always keen to give back to the community that we serve. This was an ideal opportunity for us to enhance the development of niche skills within the region and to help put Stafford firmly on the national gymnastics map.