Sapphire Gymnastics Club

Legacy programmes being delivered by Glasgow Life for sport and club development are providing the support and guidance for local voluntary clubs to flourish and for more young people to get healthier and to grow through sport.

Sapphire-Gymnastics-Club.jpg Catriona Lessani, Manager, is the first to thank Glasgow Life for its "amazing help" in making Firhill's 76-member Sapphire Gymnastics Club a multi-gold-medal-winning success since September 2010.

It's 43-year-old Manager said: "Glasgow Life is an essential asset. They're always at the end of the phone to offer advice about running the club - including training, coaching courses and accreditations. They also helped us apply for the £7,000 Lottery money we received, and awarded our first Clubmark accreditation.

"It's great to see members enjoying themselves - and the confidence it gives them. Although gymnastics is a disciplined sport, parents tell us how happy their children are.

The gymnasts - whose ages range from five to 18 - train five times a week at Firhill Sports Complex and, occasionally, Bellahouston Sports Centre. Sixteen year olds also have the opportunity to gain their Level One coaching qualification, while others help younger members until they're old enough to begin the course.

They are also assisted by Disclosure Scotland-checked adults and Paul Cassidy, Scottish Tumbling Champion, plus Steven Frew, Scotland's first Commonwealth Games' gymnastics gold medallist.

Catriona said: "Gymnastics should benefit from the Legacy; and I hope we are setting the standard for the new post-2014 clubs."

To find out more about Sapphire Gymnastics Club visit the website: http://www.sapphire-gymnasticsclub.webs.com/

Image: Sapphire Gymnastics Club with Manager, Catriona Lessani