Gymnastic Club comes on leaps and bounds with help from NG
10th June 2014
NG Chartered Surveyors is calling on Charnwood Borough Council to support the development of the sporting stars of the future after helping a growing Loughborough gymnastic club take on new premises.
Richard Sutton, director at NG has brokered a deal that will see Loughborough Acrobatics Gymnastic Club (which was Charnwood club of the year 2009 & 2012) move into a single, dedicated base at Unit 8, Weldon Road Industrial Estate. The Club was previously operating from three different venues, which was proving problematic.
The Weldon Road premises was bought by Dean Property from F&C Reit in March 2013, with NG being retained as sole agents. Richard says: “This is perfect case study of a landlord reaping the benefits of being flexible. Unit 8 will change use, but Dean Property were more than happy to accommodate the Club to seal the deal.
“Loughborough Acrobatics Gymnastic Club is delighted to find a new gymnasium, and is hoping to gain Charnwood Borough Council support by granting it change of use. The club feels positive that the Council will see the wider community benefits for opening a dedicated gymnastics centre, and in a year when the Commonwealth Games comes to the UK, we’d like to think we can capture some of its legacy locally and nurture the gymnastic stars of the future.”
Loughborough Acrobatics Gymnastic Club has over 120 children on its waiting lists and with retention rates being so high, waiting times to join can be up to a year. Despite trying to access local authority facilities for over a year, they cannot offer the Club any community time, which is stifling growth.
Kathryn Lacey, Head Coach at Loughborough Acrobatics Gymnastic Club, takes up the story: “Without our new premises, we can’t support our talented gymnastics, some of whom are working at British level. The times we can access current facilities are not great for younger gymnasts; the earliest we get in anywhere is 5pm and most of our sessions finish at 9pm.”
Kathryn says the move to Weldon Road will mean that the Club we will be able to offer places to youngsters on its waiting lists, as well as triple the number of ‘Gymnastics for All’ classes its offers at more appropriate times for younger children, as well as offer new disciplines and classes in Men’s and Women’s Artistic , for teenagers, boys only, dedicated disability sessions, parent and toddler and adult fitness classes.
Kathryn adds: “We will not be restricted in terms of the number of hours we offer our more talented gymnasts so they can fully reach their potential, and we will be able to offer the space to other community clubs helping alleviate some of the pressures on local facilities, as well as new employment opportunities for coaches and stronger links for schools.”
Kathryn says she’s been impressed with the way NG has handled the process from start to finish. She adds: “When I first enquired about Weldon Road, Richard was extremely positive and supportive right from the start. When we visited the building we were pleased to see the refurbishment work the landlords were undertaking to make the building even better.
The site is perfect as it is only round the corner from our current venues and has great access.
We are very pleased to be working with NG and Richard, the service has been brilliant and all our members are very excited about the impact this move can have on the club and community.”
Richard says: “We desperately want the Club to be able to make the most of their new premises, and we call on Charnwood Borough Council to grant them permission to do so. What better time to do this and kick-start the next generation of Olympic hopefuls than in a Commonwealth Games year?”
Ian Torr of Cleggs Solicitors advised Loughborough Acrobatics Gymnastic Club on the deal.