Thursday, 10 December 2009

The moves nearly here!!!!

Following the display on Sunday 14 Dec, we will start the massive task of clearing out of lovely warehouse here at the io centre and then trying to make it look like we were never there!

First up we have to break down all the equipment, which we will do Monday 14 Dec. starting at about 8:30am. Then from Tuesday until the weekend we will be creating a mess, smashing down walls, taking the pit apart etc etc. So if anyone can spend a few hours over the next 2 weeks, helping with the demolition work, please feel free to come along, we will be in attendance all day (and evening) every day.

I'll be posting updates on here most days, letting you know what's going on and what we need to do next, so please stay tuned.

We get access to our new home on the 19th, so we will start moving equipment then, anyone who has a lorry or van is welcome to attend and help move the stuff.

Monday, 7 December 2009

Display Weekend nearly here!

Esprit's ever popular Christmas Display is nearly here - DON"T FORGET YOUR TICKETS!

Starting at 6:30pm on Saturday the 12th and Sunday 13th December, most of the clubs squad gymnasts will be performing selected routines that show just why the club is so successful.

It promises to be a great 2 days of gymnastics and trampoline and tickets are limited to the first 500 people, so don't delay, buy them today!!!!

Laura at the world School Games

Esprit's Laura Halford has been selected to represent Wales at the World School Games.

Laura a 3 times British Champion at various age groups, has recently moved up to Junior level and is a British and Welsh squad member.

On Saturday 5th December Laura, along with Esprit coach Deb Hows and a delegation from both Wales and England flew to Doha in the Arab state of Qatar for the week long competition.

It's a fantastic opportunity for Laura to show the world her amazing talent and we all wish her the very best of luck - go Laura!

Monday, 23 November 2009

Jade goes to the Ball!

Esprit's rhythmic gymnast, Jade Faulkner, was invited recently, as part of the British Gymnastics team, to perform at the British Olympic Association's - Gold Ball, staged within the beautiful surroundings of the Natural History Museum, London.

Celebrating 1000 days to London 2012 -
Money raised enables the British Olympic Association to help prepare Team GB for future success at the Olympic Games.

The star studded sporting event saw Royalty, Olympian's (past and present), and many dignitaries watching the fantastic display.

Performing in the 'Earth' section of the exhibition hall, the girls showed a specially choreographed routine, designed originally for them when they performed at the Breast Cancer UK catwalk fashion display held on the 7th October.

Jade Faulkner (Esprit), along with team mates Francesca Jones (Nene Valley) and Francesca Fox (City of Bath) gave seven stunning performances in the 'Earth' section of the museum performing directly under a five metre diameter suspended globe!

The finale of the Gold Ball also saw the girls performing after the auction, to an audience of 500 guests. Their display, this time at the foot of the main staircase beneath Charles Darwin's statue, received rapturous applause from the many guests, including Olympians Chris Hoy, James Degale, Christine Ohuruogu and Dame Kelly Holmes.

Well done Jade, it must have been great to watch, its shame we couldn't all come and see it!

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Pics from the World's

As promised here are a few pics from the World Championships at the O2 arena

It doesn't look that big from the outside, does it?

Hope more people than this are going to be inside?

What a venue and what a great view we had next to the press box.

Can you believe it, Esprit 'jammy' coach Hannah Wickens got her picture taken with Olympic Champion Nastia Liukin!

That's just some of us, when we weren't cheering and waving the flags, everyone deserves a rest sometime and we were louder than the other 13,000 people put together, I've only just got my hearing back!

Will you get out of the way, i can't see!!!

Friday, 23 October 2009

We're in the money!

Congratulations to the hard working members of Esprit's fund raising committee, Friends of Esprit. They have, only this week, been awarded £5,000 from The Community Foundation for Wiltshire & Swindon, to go towards coaching exams and help with some of the cost of getting groups of our gymnasts to events at home and abroad.

These volunteers work tirelessly towards helping Esprit remain at the top, by raising funds and helping organise and run some of the clubs events.

In this country, the cost of running sport for the benefit of all our children, is very expensive and without the help and support of Friends of Esprit, it is unlikely a club like ours would be able to flourish as it has.

Everyone involved should be congratulated for all their effort and hard work, the £5,000 they have raised will be put to good use improving the abilities of our coaches and ensuring many of our gymnasts get the opportunity to travel to events and displays.

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Esprit celebrates ‘Champion’ Weekend!

Esprit has really proved its credentials over the last year, with gymnasts representing club and country in major competitions at home and abroad.

The secret of the clubs success is the opportunities provided to the clubs gymnasts and that is really what makes the club unique.

Esprit also ensures the young gymnasts are directed to the specific gymnastic discipline that best suits them as an individual, be it Artistic, Rhythmic or Trampoline.

This approach to the sport has yet again proven to be the secret of the clubs success, with a weekend of fabulous results for 46 of the the clubs members, from across the gymnastic disciplines.

First up were the Artistic gymnasts, at the Wiltshire Floor & Vault competition. 17 gymnasts between 8 and 13 took part in the event in Melksham and all proved their potential in this dynamic sport.

There were many notable performances from the clubs gymnasts and several medal winning performances from Lucy Hudson - Bronze; Georgia Bailey - Bronze; Lily Weaver - Silver and Krystal Styles - Silver.

The full list of Esprit Gymnasts who all excelled in their respective age groups were:

Category A 7 and 8 years
3rd Lucy Hudson, 6th Lillie Postlewhite. Plus Megan Attwood, Lara Hill, Millie Flint, Jessica McCabe, Hannah Woodward, Erin Robinson, Mair Thomas.

Category A 9 and 10 years. Category B 7 to 10 years
3rd Georgia Bailey, 4th Alice Baker. Plus Eden Nicol.

Category C 11-13 years
2nd Lily Weaver. Plus Rhiann Lacey.

Category D 11-13 years
2nd Krystal Styles, 5th Corey Ford. Plus Chloe Willis.

Next up were the Esprit Trampoline gymnasts, competing for partner club Evolution in a National grading competition, Kristen Hawkins, Alanna Buck, Anna Bradshaw and Courtney Hows all passed their respective grades with Alanna Buck taking a very impressive Gold in the over 17 grade G section and Forest Fry a brilliant Bronze in under 15 G section.

There were also exceptional performances from Erin Milroy, Hannah Wickens, Victoria Milroy, Rhianna Bryon, Leah Hoard, Abbie Hawkins and Taylor Lynch.

Finally the clubs Rhythmic girls made the trip to Bath for the annual Bath Open and once again delivered the goods with some outstanding performances.

In the under 10 rope group - Cassy Harding, Jessica Steele, Katy Coleman & Katie Matfin started off with a magnificent Gold, they were followed by the under 12 hoop trio of Alicia Veveris, Elizabeth Walecki & Lauren Hoard, who came away with a great bronze.

In the under 12 hoop group - Tayshan Dowe, Alyssa Weymouth, Fleur Rodway & Ellie Morse won their own Bronze with the under 12 hoop group - Kathryn Baker, Rebecca Green, Ashleigh West & Charlotte Leighfield 4th.

The girls then finished off an exceptional weekend for the club with a magnificent Gold from Laura Halford & Hannah Curtis in the junior ball duet.

Monday, 19 October 2009

Esprit go to the Worlds!

We were there, were you?

A coachload of Esprit coaches, gymnasts and parents travelled to London on Friday 16 October for the Women's Artistic
all-around finals. And what a day, despite the 4 hour coach trip to get to the O2 Dome (take my advice if you go there for the Olympics, take the train), the day was incredible.

The organisation at the O2 was brilliant and the food hideously expensive. But despite everything we had brilliant seats right near the front, Jon Hewlett provide everything Union Jack, flags, hats, banners etc. and as a result we were easily the loudest and best turned out group there, with everyone getting into the spirit of the event.

You can see our group if you look carefully when the girls are on beam, look for the Union Jacks!

It's a shame our GB girls couldn't quite make the grade this time around in the overall championship, but great credit must go to Danielle Keating Silver in the mens all-around and of course Superstar Beth Tweddle with yet another World Championship gold medal, this time on floor. Incredible performances from two great gymnasts.

Lots more pictures will be posted shortly, including one from jammy coach Hannah Wickens who managed to get her picture taken with Olympic Champion Nastia Liukin.

If you missed all the action from the O2 you can see all the highlights on 'You Tube' or for the next week on the BBCi Player.

Monday, 12 October 2009

Ellie wins at the Grades

Esprit has a knack of spotting youngsters with the ability to make the grade and it looks like Deb’s done it again, in the shape of Ellie Morse.

Ellie (10, nearly 11, happy bday Ellie) qualified recently for the National Grades finals held at the University of Bath and competed in the Grade 6 category for her age group.

An accomplished performance in all her apparatus ensured she won the overall Gold medal with a fabulous score of 30.741, ensuring she was also one of only a very small handful of gymnasts to average over 15 on each piece of apparatus.

As a result of her consistency Ellie’s trip to the podium to collect her Championship winning medal, wasn’t her only one, she was called up twice more, to the delight of her enthusiastic supporters, to receive both Apparatus Gold’s, one for Rope 15.233, the other for Ball 15.508.

Well done Ellie – National Grades Champion!!!!!!

Monday, 5 October 2009

Jade set to wow London Fashion show!

Fresh off the plane from the World Championships in Japan and a trip to Wales for the Welsh National Championships, our own Jade Faulkner is set to wow the fashion world, all in the name of charity.

Jade and her Great Britain team mates are off to the BREAST CANCER CARE - FASHION SHOW 2009 at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on Wednesday. The girls have been asked to open this prestigious and worthwhile event by showing off their Rhythmic Gymnastic skills to the guests.

It's an great honour for the gymnasts, recognises their contribution to the sport of Rhythmic Gymnastics, helps raise awareness of this important charity, gives the guests an insight to this amazing sport and Jade and her team mates a well deserved day in London at a high profile fashion extravaganza - a girls dream day out!

Have great day Jade, you deserve it!

Esprit's Welsh Wonders

It was yet another successful weekend for Esprit's Rhythmic girls recently, at the Welsh Championships and Open competition. The Welsh Championship is for Welsh only gymnasts whilst the Open is for all-comers and with the standard improving every year the competition gets harder. Therefore Esprit's gymnasts are always working hard to improve and stay at the top of this incredible sport.

In the Welsh Championships, Laura Halford moved up to the incredibly competitive Junior section for the first time and whilst she narrowly missed out on her 4th overall championship title in a row, she did win Gold in Rope & Ball and Silver in Hoop & Clubs, a very impressive result.

Hannah Curtis in the Open Junior section produced very creditable results with 8th overall in Rope & Hoop, 5th with her clubs and just out of the medals with a brilliant 4th in Ball.

Gemma Rand, showed wonderful consistency with 4th place, just outside the medals, in Rope, Hoop & Clubs and 5th in ball.

In the younger age groups, Cassy Harding was - 1st free & 4th hoop, with Katy Coleman - 3rd in free and 6th with her hoop.

Jess Steele was 5th in both free and hoop, whilst Gabriela Caruso performed well with a 1st in ball and 2nd in rope. Ellie Morse narrowly missed out on a medal, but again proved her consistency, with a 4th in both rope and ball.

Jade Faulkner celebrated her return from the World Championships with a Gold in rope and three Silvers in ball, hoop and ribbon.

In the team competition Laura, Gabriela and Cassy won an impressive Silver in their age group, whilst Jade, Ellie and Katy won Bronze in theirs.

Another great weekend at a well organised championship, well done girls, you were yet again a credit to your club.

Jade helps Britain to impressive World Champs result

Well done to Jade in Japan, she helped team GB to a very impressive 23rd in the World Championships! Jades highlight apart from the brilliant experience - SHE LOVES THE SUSHI!!!

Monday, 7 September 2009

World Championships 2009

Esprit's Jade Faulkner is currently in Japan competing for Great Britain in the World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships.

Good Luck Jade from everyone at Esprit, we know you'll do great. You've worked hard and deserve your selection to the Great Britain team, enjoy yourself in Japan!

Friday, 4 September 2009

Open Evening at Headlands!

As we are getting ever closer to our move into Headlands, we have arranged two evenings where clubs and organisations looking for space to hire, can come along and see the rooms we have available.

We already have several dance, martial art, pilates and adult fitness schools interested in using the great space available at Esprit, but if you know of anyone who may be interested, please let them know about these opportunities.

Don't forget the dates:
THURSDAY 10 AND TUESDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 2009 - 4:30 TO 7:30pm

Thursday, 6 August 2009

Monday, 3 August 2009

TV stars

Below is a short documentary about Esprit and the secrets of its success, hope you enjoy!

Friday, 31 July 2009

Jade's on top of the World!

Esprit's British team member Jade Faulkner has this week heard the fabulous news she has been selected as part of the Great Britain team for the World Championships, to be held in Mie Japan on 7 September.

British Gymnastics today released this statement:

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With 40 days until the 29th World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships in Mie (JPN) and team GBR having completed their final control ahead of the FIG nominative date, 9th August, we are delighted to confirm the selection of the following gymnasts and officials. Team GBR: Jade Faulkner – Esprit coached by Deb Hows Francesca Fox – City of Bath coached by Sarah Binding Francesca Jones – Nene Valley coached by Vicki Hawkins Nadya Aleksandrova – Coach / Head of Delegation Vicki Hawkins – Brevet Judge Louise Curley – Physio This will be Francesca Jones second World Championships, the first in Patras, (GRE) 2007, and for the rest of the delegation, their first World Championships. The team will depart 2nd September for Japan competing 7th September and depart from Japan 12th September. British Gymnastics wish the delegation a very successful Championships.

It is a brilliant achievement for Jade who has already competed many times for GB as a Junior and won team Bronze at this years Australian Youth Olympic games. This, her first major International as a Senior gymnast, is well deserved and proof of her hard work and dedication to the sport of Rhythmic Gymnastics. Well done Jade from all your friends at Esprit.

Friday, 24 July 2009

More Champions for Esprit!

Congratulations to the coaches and Esprit gymnasts who competed at the British Trampoline Championships last weekend.

The Esprit girls, competing under the Evolution banner, for squad coach Sarah Hunt, performed exceptionally well and special congratulations must go her and Georgia Clements who is now National C Under 15 Champion on Double Mini Tramp, well done Georgia, everyone knew you had the potential to excel at trampoline.

Erin Milroy was a brilliant 8th overall in the under 15 category and very special mentions must go to Nikki Allen, Sarah's mum, who coached Evolutions Katie Tamin to a fabulous Gold medal and the title of British GMPD champion! Well done both of you.

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

British Championships results

It was another fantastic weekend for Esprit's elite rhythmic gymnasts who were at Fenton Manor, Stoke on Trent, for the British Championships.

Bought forward to the last weekend in June, from the normal November, there was added pressure on all the gymnasts this year, as they had 6 months less preparation and to make things even harder, several of Esprit's gymnasts were moving up in age.

This didn't stop the girls turning in some exceptional performances along with some unexpected results.

Under 11's saw young Gabriela Caruso confirm herself as a bright prospect with a third consecutive year in the medals. Bronze in the all-around competition, followed up by two incredible Silvers (rope & ball) on day two, the apparatus championships.

At under 12, Maya Lucas was a creditable 5th, which helped her qualify for day two and her own fantastic bronze in the ball competition.

The Junior section saw one of the largest ever entry lists, with 25 of the country's top gymnasts competing for honours. Esprit's Gemma Rand and Hannah Curtis equipped themselves extremely well, in a strong field, with 16th & 13th respectively.

It was then the turn of 3 times British Champion Laura Halford who returned some unexpected and astonishing results. Moving up from the under 12 section, straight into her first ever Junior Championships and competing against some older and exceptional young gymnasts, Laura exceed all expectations by securing a hat full of medals to add to her growing collection.

Competing against the large field of experienced Junior's, Laura confirmed her position as one of the country's most exciting prospects by claiming Bronze in the overall competition. She then went in to day two and won another three Bronze's (rope, clubs & ball) and a 4th (hoop) to cap an exceptional weekend.

It was then the turn of the Senior's and Jade Faulkner, competing at the highest level for the first time. Her International experience showed, with four solid routines that ensured she claimed her first Senior overall Bronze medal.

Day two again proved why she has recently been a regular in the British team, as she went on to claim two more Bronze medals (rope & hoop) and impressive 4th placings in Ribbon and Ball.

A great weekend, impressive organisation, excellent comparing by Jon Hewlett (parent of Esprit Gymnasts) and most of all exceptional performances by every single Esprit gymnast. Brilliant girls, you are a credit to yourselves and your club, we are all extremely proud of you all.

Tuesday, 30 June 2009

At LAST Rachels done it!!!!!!!!!!!

Breaking news, coach Rachel has finally 'popped'!

Last night at 9pm she gave birth to daughter 'AMELIE MEGAN HAYNES'. Both mum and 8lb 11oz Amelie are doing well. We're sure she will be bring her in to visit us all soon!

Monday, 29 June 2009

Wiltshire Grades & Levels report

Esprit's young artistic gymnasts had a brilliant weekend at the Wiltshire Grades and Levels competition. Gymnasts and coaches were a real credit to the club putting together routines that bought out fantastic performances from everyone.

From youngest 6 year old in their first ever 4-piece competition to the more experienced 12 year olds, everyone played their part and thoroughly enjoyed themselves, despite competing in extremely hot, humid conditions. All the Esprit gymnasts were a credit to themselves, their supportive parents and the club, well done all of you.

Wiltshire Grade 4 for 6 years saw Zoe Hewlett take an impressive Bronze medal.

In the 7 year age group Ellie Amor took a brilliant Silver medal home and was followed by team mates Lauren Twine with Bronze; Grace Johnson in 4th; Chloe Bell 5th & Kira Mertha 6th

This was followed in the 8 year category by
Megan Attwood who impressed the judges and was justly rewarded by first place and the Gold medal for her efforts. With Jessica Hembrough in 7th, Carlissa Daniels 10th and Lara Hill 11th.

In the Levels category, Esprit gymnasts were equally impressive...

At Level 5 for 11 year old's, Krystal Styles produced a stunning performance on all pieces to not only take Gold she became overall Level 5 Champion, covering all age groups from 10 years to those 14 and over. Team-mate Rhianna Bryon was herself a well deserved Silver medal winner behind Krystal.

To make a special day even better Kaya Gould then took the Gold medal in the Level 4 out of age competition and matched Krystal's impressive achievement by becoming Level 4 overall champion.

Brilliant, day, brilliant gymnasts - well done to you all!

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Rhythmic review

It's been a busy year for the Rhythmic girls, so busy in fact there has been little time to let everyone know what's been going on. That's why we thought we would review the the first half of the year, for the competition squads.

January - was trials for the Great Britain Squad and yet again Esprit featured high in the selections. Gabriela Caruso was selected for the World Class Start squad, Gemma Rand made the Junior squad, with Laura Halford retaining her place and moving up to Junior along side her. Jade Faulkner moved up from Junior to take her place as a senior.

Laura then went on to retain her place in the Welsh National squad as well as the British.

Straight after selection Jade heard the news she had been selected to represent Great Britain at the Australian Youth Olympics. Jade qualified for the all round finals on day 2, achieved a team Bronze for GB and 10th in the individuals. A brilliant performance, well done Jade.

Next up was Head coach Deb Hows, who qualified as an International Judge and is now what they call a 'Brevet', meaning she can judge at International competitions like the Olympics!

In March, Laura Halford flew to New York to compete for Wales and again turned in some stunning results. 4th in Rope, 2nd in Hoop & Ball, 3rd in Clubs and a very impressive
3rd overall.

April saw Jade off on her travels again, this time she was selected as part of the GB team competing at the Portamao World Cup in Portugal. She was joined by Gemma Rand and Hannah Curtis, who were selected to compete as part of the Junior Ribbon Group.

In May, Jade was selected to represent GB at the World Cup (Category 'A') in Corbiel France and she followed this up with selection to Great Britain's senior team and flew to Baku in Azerbaijan for the Senior European Championships.

Back home Laura Halford, Hannah Curtis, Gabriela Caruso and Maya Lucas, all qualified for the British Championships, along with Jade and Gemma, who had already qualified.

Tayshan Dowe, April Coombs & Ellie Morse all qualified for the Grades Finals.

June was the Welsh Novice competition and Esprit had lots of entries and many successes.

Under 10 Hoop saw Cassy Harding come out on top in first place with Jess Steele 2nd and Katy Coleman 4th. Cassy Harding won Silver in Under 10 Free and Elizabeth Walecki Gold in the under 12 section. Lauren Hoard was 4th in Under 12 Ball.

Clarice Saloyedoff and Ellouise Read led the Juniors with Clarice 4th in Hoop and Ellouise 2nd in Clubs.

Seniors Ellise Gilbert and Rowan Gregg finished the impressive results with Ellise gaining 2 Golds to Rowans 2 Silvers in Rope & Ribbon.

In the Welsh Intermediate section Ellie Morse returned home with yet more medals, a Silver for her Rope and Bronze for Ball. A great competition and impressive displays from all those who took part.

June saw Laura Halford and Gemma Rand representing Esprit at an International in Poland. The girls performed exceptionally, in a very high level field, with Laura's 4th and Gemma's 17th showing their potential.

Well that's it, so far, the British Championships are this weekend 27 & 28 June, so good luck to the girls taking part, you are sure to give a great account of yourselves, everyone is very proud of you.

Monday, 22 June 2009

Were live on BG TV!

A short documentary about Esprit has been released by British Gymnastics TV station BGTV.

The 8 minute expose about what makes the club so successful, is live directly through British Gymnastics website, or you can go straight to it by clicking here.

Please let us and British Gymnastics know what you think.

Tuesday, 16 June 2009


We need more followers!

So we can let everyone in the club know about news and events at Esprit, we need to get more people following this blog.

You can get to it through the clubs website, so please let everyone know this Blog is up and running, then everyone will know what's happening as soon as it happens!

All they have to do is go to the website and click on the 'Esprit News' button.


Don't forget the 5 July, it's the annual club competition.

Esprit's Club Competition is open to every child currently attending gymnastics lessons and is a fantastic opportunity for the children to demonstrate all that they have learnt to family and friends.

In order for us to be able to produce a programme for the day, please could you complete the slip every gymnast has been given and return it with the entry fee of £5.00 to the office by Sunday 21 June. Please note that entries made after this date can't be accepted.

There will be a barbecue serving breakfast roles from 8:30am and barbecue food from 12:00, as well as the usual refreshments on sale.

Entry to family and friends is free of charge, but make sure to register your camera/mobile phone on the door!

It's sure to be a great day, see you there.

Thursday, 11 June 2009

Good Luck!

It's competition time this weekend with the Esprit jet set!

Good luck to our Artistic gymnasts:
Lily, Georgia, Krystal, Rhianna, Chloe, Kaya, Erin, Courtney and Kirsty
in the West Country League in Plymouth on Sunday and to coach Katy and judges Hannah and Scarlett.

And to Rhythmic gymnasts Gemma and Laura who are off to Poland today, along with coaches Deb and Cherie!

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Esprit on TV!

Esprit has been selected by British Gymnastics to appear on the sports governing body's own web based TV channel, BG-TV .

Friday 29 May saw the film crew arrive and spend the day filming lessons, talking to coaches and gymnasts about the club and what makes it such a success.

A fun day was had by all and the result can soon be seen by clicking on the BG-TV link on the British Gymnastics website.

A release date hasn't been announced yet, but watch this space, we will be sure to announce it as soon as we go live and are seen by people all over the WORLD!

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

Esprit girls distinction gives them a first!

Sunday 7th June saw some of Esprit's young Artistic gymnasts excel at the Wiltshire Grades competition, held at Melksham's Wiltshire School.

Congratulations must go to
young Alice Baker competing in
Grade 3 for 8 year old's who achieved a brilliant 1st place with a distinction.

In the grade 3 for 9 year old's
, Emily Cooper repeated Alice's achievement with her own fantastic 1st place, again receiving a distinction at this grade.

Brilliant performances which justified the distinctions they received, well done girls!

Monday, 8 June 2009

Esprit gets a new home!

Esprit has done a deal with Swindon Borough Council to turn Headlands School into an international standard gymnastics training academy to rival the best in the country.

The new gym, to be based at Headlands School,
which is relocating to the new Academy later this year, will be a dedicated gymnastics centre and venue for other local clubs to hire. Under a separate agreement, we will manage the existing sports fields which will continue being used for junior football.

These are exciting times for the sport of gymnastics and Swindon, since we started Esprit, only a few years ago we have been impressed by the ability of the youngsters that come to
lessons. It is right and proper that they have a dedicated training centre to improve their skills.

When we move in December later this year, we would like to see the whole site used by the community at large and whilst the clubs focus will be gymnastics, there will be many opportunities for other community groups, clubs and organisations to access the rooms available. It is also likely the centre will remain important for local junior football teams.

As for the future we have already agreed provisional plans to extend the main sports hall, to create more training space and spectator gallery, as well as a junior football pitch on the site of the old school buildings.

This new super centre will focus on all the major gymnastic disciplines including Artistic, Rhythmic, Trampoline, DMT, Sports Acro and Display and will host visiting gymnasts from across the world. There is also a good chance the centre, one of only a handful across the UK, will be used as a pre Olympic training camp for 2012.

Most importantly however it will enable Swindon’s children to fulfill their potential as athletes and do so in the appropriate environment.

Friday, 5 June 2009

Esprit News goes live!!!


There's been a lot going on at Esprit lately, what with trying to secure a permanent home for Esprit, (more news to come soon). By starting this Blog we are able to ensure we can give you up to the minute news on the club and its gymnasts, it has also meant we can keep our website as an information site, for people who want to learn more about the club.

This Blog will be updated regularly and contain competition news, events, fund raising info, pictures, movies and anything of interest that happens to or at Esprit. So click the 'follow us' button and get regular updates on Swindon's top gym club.

If you have news that you think we would be interested in, pictures or movies from Esprit events, Gymnaestradas etc. Let us know and we'll make sure they are added.

Most important, tell everyone you know to follow the Esprit Blog, its where you'll find all the up to the minute news on our move to our new home!

We'll start adding news from Monday 8 June 2009.