Artistic Gymnastics, Rhythmic Gymnastics and Sports Acrobatics
There was a gymnastics club in Hurstpierpoint as early as the 1920's, based
in the Parish Room, which ceased to operate in the thirties.
The current club was formed in January 1980 with just forty junior and infant
aged girls. Since 1980 it has expanded in numbers, developed a wider range
of equipment and now caters for nearly four hundred gymnasts, both boys and
girls, from 3 to 16 years olds, with both qualified coaches and teachers.
During the past thirty-eight years the club has:-
- trained over four thousand gymnasts
- gained over ten thousand awards
- had members represent their schools and the county at National level in
- trained twenty coaches
- coached over four thousand competition entries and
- helped over twenty local schools and charities with displays and
fund-raising events, including the South of England Show & St. Lawrence Fair.
In 1983 the club adopted the royal blue and white of its
then host school as club colours and mounted its first annual competition.
In every year since, the first Saturday in July has seen gymnasts competing
for honours in floor solos, vaulting and acrobatic pairs. The competition
is open to those who are school year three and above. A range of
trophies have been presented by various groups and individuals,
including the Sussex Clubs for Young People.
In April 2000 it started its Annual Arts Festival competitions - featuring
beam pairs, rhythmic solos & pairs and acrobatic groups. Over a hundred gymnasts
now compete for the silver-ware on offer.
Amongst our ex-gymnasts the club knows of at least fifteen teachers, four fitness
trainers, two physiotherapists and numerous others whose careers have been
positively affected by their membership of the club.
With over forty members of secondary school age, the club has participated in
local youth group activities and holds the Neighbourhood Bowling Competition
The club is maturing in the best sense of the word, with past gymnasts
now bringing their own children to enjoy the activities available.
In 2001 it became one of the first in the country to adopt, use and present
awards on the new 'Proficiency' scheme. The club has adopted the Floor,
Vaulting and Pairs disciplines - assessing gymnasts to Bronze, Silver & Gold
The 1,000th Award 4 and 1,000th Award 6 gained at the Club were
presented in 2004, the 1,000th Award 5 in 2006 and the 1,000th Award 3 in 2010.
- milestones of achievement.
The 2001 the Club was amongst the first to adopt BG's core 'Rainbow' scheme,
and in In September 2007 it was the first in the country to present awards
from the revised scheme starting at Award 8.
In March 2016 it presented its 10,000th British Gymnastics Award.