Loughborough Acrobatics Gymnastics Club (LAGC) was formed in 2004 by head coach Kathryn Ford (Lacey) as a not-for-profit community gymnastics club. Starting with approx. 45 members and 3 coaches the clubs early days were training in a Leisure centre/Sports hall setting for 5 hours a week.
Early 2004 the club had the opportunity to take some hours at the newly built gymnastics centre at Loughborough University, but with only 6 hours available, they still maintained the majority of the time in the sportshall at Loughborough College. By 2007 the club had increased its gymnastics offer to 5 sessions a week and had doubled its membership and was now successfully competing at regional level in acrobatics.
From 2008-present day the club has gone from strength to strength winning National and International titles in both acrobatics and tumbling disciplines. But some if its proudest achievements have been to increase the opportunities for young people in the local community to be able to access affordable yet high quality gymnastics from recreational level right through to performance level; supporting other local groups, schools and services offering training, displays and taster sessions; developing young sports leaders into young gymnastics coaches and continuing to support the clubs volunteers and coaches in their own professional development.
Despite the growth of the club and the demand for its services it became increasingly difficult to build capacity any further and Head Coach Kathryn Ford felt it was time to try and move the club on even further. So in 2014 the club (after a few years of searching), finally found a suitable building that could be turned into a full time gymnastics centre. After facing many challenges along the way and from the support of parents, development officers and local officials/business people, the club finally made its dreams come true and secured change of use on Unit 8, Weldon Road, Loughborough. 4 months of hard work from club volunteers and family members paid off and the gym was ready to open to club members in December 2014. And in January it opened its doors to 200 new members by having the ability to extend its programme of classes.
Only 7 months into the new centre and the club has doubled its membership to over 400, has classes to cater for a range of different ages from pre-school right through to adults and a range of abilities from compete beginners through to National performance level.
In March 2014 the club became a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO- charity number 1161552), with its new aims and objectives laid out below:-
- To promote community participation in healthy recreation by the provision of facilities for training in gymnastics, sport and fitness for children, young people and adults of all abilities, including those with disabilities.
- To advance the education of children and young people, including their physical education, by linking with schools and further and higher education establishments to provide curriculum support, coaching and leadership programmes and to offer work placements leading gymnastic and fitness activities.
Further information on the CIO can be found www.charitycommission.gov.uk.