The Armidale City Gymnastics Club has secured $50,000 from the NSW Government via Armidale Regional Council’s Stronger Communities Grants program. The funding is being used towards the construction of a new training room for local gymnasts.
Council Administrator Dr Ian Tiley said the Armidale City Gymnastic Club was a not for profit club providing a wide range of movement activities to the community. The Gymnastics Centre is now well-known as a major sporting facility servicing the region.
“The Club’s 600 members involve 12 local schools, kindy gym, classes for different abilities and adult classes. In addition to traditional gymnastics, programs include parkour, trampolining and rock wall climbing – opportunities for people of all abilities to get moving!” Dr Tiley said.
“The extended facilities will facilitate the establishment of dedicated and more efficient spaces. It will also increase the Club’s capacity to host visiting groups and competitions that will bring visitors to our region.”
Gymnastics NSW has made a commitment to hold the NSW Country Championships from 2019 for three years. This could mean 950 competitors, 250 officials and 200 spectators for four days in Armidale.
Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall said the facilities would add to the extensive catalogue of sporting facilities in the city.
“Armidale can be proud of its exceptional sporting achievements and facilities,” he said. “Armidale is already viewed as a centre of excellence in the region for gymnastics and this upgrade will only enhance that reputation and capacity to host major events.
“With these upgrades, we’ll see more capacity for growth in the range of activities and number of students. It’s great to give people more options to exercise and demonstrate exceptional physical ability.”
The Stronger Communities Fund was established by the NSW Government to provide new councils with funding to kick-start the delivery of projects that improve community infrastructure and services. The community grant program allocated $1 million in grants of up to $50,000 to incorporated not-for-profit community groups within the Armidale Regional Council Local Government Area, for projects that build more vibrant, sustainable and inclusive local communities.
Published on 05 Jun 2017