Gymnasts in Toronto
Lucy , Sophie, Tionne, Poppy, Louisa & Tamzin Girls come 4th and 5th in Canada's biggest gymnastic event of 1500
Arabian Big Guns were in a hard fought
International event ..click picture for report
Lucy Johnston representing Arabian - Great Britain
The charity does
not operate a card
Arabian competitive gymnasts win a
bunch of medals in the Tulips
National team championships 2013
click picture above for report
Arabian School of Gymnastics is situated within a new modern
leisure centre in the famous Code Breakers town of Bletchley, near Milton
Keynes. The club a predominately girls club has 500 registered gymnasts on its
books. Having said this there are many boys that attend the recreational
classes daily. The club operates many recreational tutored classes 6 days a
The club operates pay
as you go baby and toddler sessions where parents /guardian may attend the
venue to play with their child and often socialize with others. The club has a quite
wonderful family feel to it with many staff that have been with the club for
many years and the bright vibrant colours and clean smelling facility is a huge
draw to the 650 additional children and parents that attend these sessions.
With the parents and children that attend the club there is
an estimated foot plate of close on 2000 a week that come through the doors.
The facility is stunning, flags and colourful cartoon drapes
covering what would otherwise be mundane walls. The walls themselves are all
padded so the club has gone that extra mile to try and make it likely one of
the safest gymnastic halls in the country.
In 2006 it was famously awarded sports club of the year for
the whole of Buckinghamshire being the only gymnastic club to reap such a
prestigious high award. It has also gained SportMK awards of team of the year and many other awards for individual successes.
With 4 high balance beam’s (one being the official arena
beam from London 2012) 1 floor beam, Asymmetric bars, a single bar, vaulting
table and foam vaulting table, a full sprung floor, a ten metre fast track,
trampette, a bouncy castle for baby gym and parties.
There are many other items such as soft play and tunnels and
other additional apparatus for the further development of the clubs more
talented and also children with difficulties.
Brief on History
The club originated in 1999, from a small Saturday club called
Bletchley Artistic. The conception of the club and where it is today was from
Alan Armitage who has been involved in teaching gymnastics at Bletchley leisure
centre since 1992/93.
The club now with over 40 staff, coaches, volunteers is
jointly directed and managed by Alan and his wife Donna who both place huge
amount of time and effort in making sure the club continues to deliver and
offer the best possible coaching with quality equipment in a clean safe and
Behind them there are volunteer team of trustees who monitor
the club’s progress and ensure it is going down the correct paths to deliver to
the community for a considerable time in the future.
Gymnasts have developed into competitive gymnasts at the
club and competed locally, nationally and also abroad in USA, Canada. In fact top-level
gymnasts have trained in Texas, California and East and West Canada.
higher ability gymnasts attend up to 10 events a year. Gymnasts have also been
to Sri Lanka to work with school children at schools in the south of the
Alan & Donna also bravely assisted in tsunami camps
helping orphans and communities that were hit badly, on three separate missions
in 2005. The parents and associates of the club helped send them there to carry
out what were quite traumatic visits.
The club in 2012 became the first club in the World to perform Balance beam on a football pitch. Arabian is expecting to promote the sport of gymnastics at future football venues in 2013/14
The club is a registered children’s charity and has like
many charities it depends on business people or kind individuals to make
donations to assist the club with its high costs of equipment and
The club has an amazing good track record of over coming
difficulties over the years and with the amazing results of the gymnasts
representing the town and city it has become a named sports club that many have
heard of..it has become what it is today on reputation …
Gymnasts from Arabian have gone on to represent their country
in Rugby, Football and Martial arts. The sport is the foundation of development
for children to perform in many others sports, a great deal of the top level
girls at the club do Athletics, Martial Arts, Korfball, Dancing, Football, Netball.
As a club although we want to develop girls to the best of their abilities, we
also promote their involvement in other sports offered at schools.
The club has and still is supported in a most fantastic way by the Community Foundation www.mkcommunityfoundation.co.uk
The community foundation has assisted the club for many years. It has been massively instrumental in the growth of the club and a great deal of the success of the club from grass roots to training a world champion...is down to their financial support allowing the club to generate more classes and develop more children. There is no bigger or better organisation in the city or area that assists charities and sporting clubs like ourselves, than the MKCF.