Redcar Gym Club
Redcar School of Gymnastics was founded around 1966, as an independent gymnastics centre of excellence by a small group including the current life president, Mr Jack Grey. Initial training locations included the old Rye Hills School premises and a terraced house! The club moved to its current premises (which the club now owns) in 1984. Following a devastating arson attack in late 1988, which almost completely destroyed the building and equipment, the club was rebuilt and reopened in 1990. The club have achieved GymMark status, being one of the first in the North to do so.
Over the years, we have continued offering a service to the young people of the Redcar and Marske areas, and have expanded our catchment to include members from as far away as Whitby and Stokesley We have remained an independent organisation operated and supported by a succession of dedicated volunteers. Several of the current coaches and volunteers are ex gymnasts from the club, or else have children who attend or used to attend the club. The club is operated by an elected executive of 12 members and has increased from around 8 coaches to about 30, and from around 40 members to almost 200 (limited by the size of our current building), all of whom are supported by a significant group of volunteers. The club has no paid staff.
The club began as a simple sports club, but is in the process of becoming a charitable organisation. We are also currently seeking new, larger premises.
Now married and coaching gymnastics in the USA, Lisa has been our most famous competition gymnast so far.
In the run up to the 1988 Olympics, Lisa made headlines for her performances during the British team selection competitions.