Gallery: First session at Fenland Gymnastics Academy held in Wisbech
By ADAM LAZZARI FENLAND could become the home of a new Cambridgeshire boys gymnastics squad. The first session of the newly-formed Fenland Gymnastics Academy was held at a premises on Algore s Way, Wisbech on Saturday. Head coach Stewart Harrison used t
By ADAM LAZZARI
FENLAND could become the home of a new Cambridgeshire boys' gymnastics squad.
The first session of the newly-formed Fenland Gymnastics Academy was held at a premises on Algore's Way, Wisbech on Saturday.
Head coach Stewart Harrison used to run West Walton Community Gym Club and has set up the club in Wisbech to make it more accessible to gymnasts from across the county.
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The Fenland club trains every day except Sunday and six county squad training sessions have been arranged.
A grading competition will be held on June 19 and Harrison hopes he will eventually be able to invite teams from other counties for inter-county competitions.
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He said: "Currently there is no Cambridgeshire boys' squad. There is plenty of talent out there and I want to give these boys the opportunity to compete at county level.
"Saturday was great. There were 14 boys from Fenland and Peterborough and I've had interest from the Neale-Wade Gymnastics Club in March and several other clubs."
County sessions will be on February 13, April 3, May 8, August 7, October 2 and December 4.
The top level of gymnastics coaching is level six and, despite never competing in gymnastics Harrison, 32, from Wisbech is qualified at level four.
Harrison said: "My wife Kirstie used to compete at county level. I got into gymnastics through her. It takes up a lot of my time but I'm really enjoying it.
"We welcome boys and girls of all abilities and ages to come along and train at the club.
"We have a qualified GMPD coach to train disabled gymnasts.
"We've got great facilities here and we hope we could eventually have some national champions here.