Health and wellbeing

Funding level: £10,001 to £25,000


Formed in 1977, Dumfries Y Gymnastics Club currently has around 300 members ranging in age from 6-weeks old to 16 years old.

We moved into our own premises last year, providing the only dedicated gymnastics facility in Dumfries and Galloway and due to the rapid growth of the Club and our training programme, we need to expand our training area and welfare facilities for our gymnasts, coaches and parents. We have the opportunity to the lease the adjoining building and extend into this area.

At peak times, during class changeovers, the gym becomes crowded. Our extension will provide new entrance and reception areas with an area where spectators can watch the gymnasts via video link, eliminating the associated hazards of spectators in our training area.

At present, our gymnasts and coaches eat their snacks and lunches sitting on mats on the floor. Within the improvement plan there will be a kitchen area with refrigerated storage for lunches to be stored hygienically, facilities to heat up meals and make hot drinks, and a seating area which they can use.

Our current toilet facilities are inadequate and during peak times we have gymnasts queuing to use them. For our young gymnasts, waiting to use a toilet is not appropriate. It also means our gymnasts are spending more time off the gym floor than necessary, missing out on training time. Our plan will provide two further toilets with disabled and baby changing facilities.

Within the extension there will be a dedicated warm up and conditioning area with an additional training area.

Research by the Information Services Division of NHS National Services Scotland, published in December 2016, showed that Dumfries and Galloway had the highest percentage of primary 1 children at risk of overweight and obesity combined in Scotland.

Offering gymnastics to young children teaches them important life skills like balance and co-ordination and lays the foundations of a healthy, active lifestyle.

40% of girls have dropped out of all sports activity by the time they reach 18. Many of our older gymnasts stay involved in gymnastics by moving into coaching.

Gymnastics is a sport which enhances the health and wellbeing of all children and young people. It provides an environment which promotes fitness, health, discipline, focus, team working and general community engagement through display work and funding projects. More inactive young people will become active and this will have a positive impact on longer term health and wellbeing.

This year the Club:
•Has seen significant improvement in results from national competitions with gymnasts finishing further up
the rankings than ever before.
•Has been certified as an Accredited Sports Club by Dumfries and Galloway Council.
•Has been identified as an example of best practice by Scottish Gymnastics in our delivery of Principle 6 of the
national Effective Club Framework programme.
•Won third prize in the Dumfries ‘Guid Nychburris’ parade on 17th June 2018.
•Won the Dumfries and Galloway Community Spirit VOSCAR Award and Spar People’s Podium campaign
through Head Coach Mike Briggs.
•Reached the final of the Scottish Gymnastics Awards for Club of the Year.
•Carried out several fundraising activities including bucket collections at the local football ground, bag
packing at the supermarkets, gymnastics competitions and our first Summer Fete.
•Has reached the final of the West Sound Cash for Kids Big Charity Sports Challenge.

Within the extended premises our existing gymnasts will have improved facilities to train in and we will be able to offer places to more children and young people to train with us.

If we are successful in securing funding from the Avivia Community Fund, it will be used to pay for the renovation work to the premises. This will cover all building, joinery, plumbing and electrical work required to expand the premises and ensure it meets current building regulations.

Project Video

Dumfries Y Gymnastics Club

Moment of Pride

Since moving into our own premises we have grown fivefold. We provide pathways into coaching for older gymnasts, enabling them to stay involved in a sport that they love. Our volunteers are dedicated to the success of the Club and are determined to reach the final of the Aviva Community Fund again.

Location: Dumfries