A.C.E. Gymnastics Club has vaulted into a new home in Dukinfield’s River Mill. And as the unit on Park Road, a former gym, is triple the size of their previous home in Ashton, there is considerable scope for expansion.
The club, formed by Alice and Charlotte Edwards three years ago, has enjoyed a meteoric rise.
Membership has rocketed from 60 members at the club’s inception to 150 at the time of the move from a space above Unique Fitness and Spa.
“We had outgrown Ashton and needed somewhere to go. We found the unit in River Mill by driving around the area looking for somewhere,” explained Alice, a gymnast since the age of four and now head coach.
And because of its former use, Alice and Charlotte, both qualified coaches, have had to make minimal changes, more a case of cleaning, painting and moving in gymnastics equipment.
Alice added the lack of other gymnastic facilities in the borough and further afield is responsible for A.C.E.’s success.
“Our members come from throughout Tameside and we also have them from Oldham, Rochdale and Stockport,” Alice continued.
Members are aged between four and 16 years, though there is no cut-off point.
Alice added the extra space will enable them to expand with a toddler session, for youngsters up to the age of three, soon to be started.
The club, which is affiliated to British Gymnastics, is open each evening from Tuesday to Friday and all day on Saturday and six new classes are starting.
Alice added that it is also hoped to enter more competitions – they have only competed once at Blackburn where they took nine competitors and returned with 14 medals.
Anyone interested in joining the club can contact Charlotte on 07860 963005.