Following on from our update on 5thJuly 2018 the Trustees wish to provide further information on the current situation at the club.
Many of you will know that Arabian is a Charity but may not appreciate that as such we have governing Trustees with a responsibility to independently oversee the running of the Charity so that decisions are made in the best interests of its members, the community and the club. All of the current trustees, with the exception of one, have been with the club for many years and have (or had) daughters at the club, as such we have a personal interest in its continued development and success with our overriding mission to ensure that the club is run, and continues to run, professionally and in the best interests of the gymnasts and coaches.
On behalf of the trustees I am announcing today, that over the last few weeks we have agreed with Alan Armitage, Head Coach and founder of Arabian, that his involvement with the club will come to an end on 9thApril 2019. We had previously agreed with Alan that his workload would reduce throughout this year and end in December 2019, this timescale has now been brought forward by 7 months.
Alan started the club in 1997 as Bletchley Artistic before it was renamed Arabian Gymnastics in 1999. It is widely recognised that Alan has been the driving force behind the clubs’ development but after 23 years at the helm it is now time for a new era. The club is well respected within the gymnastic and local community and has served thousands of aspiring and recreational gymnasts over the years.
As we previously communicated, I’m delighted to say that the day to day running of the gym is to be taken on by Hannah Bond, who is now officially takes the position of Acting Head Coach. Hannah has been at the club for many years as a top-level gymnast, and for the last three years in her capacity of Assistant Head Coach. As such she is ideally placed for this increased responsibility. Hannah is being closely supported by the trustees and backed up by Kyla Howton – again many of you will know Kyla as her pictures are all over the gym. Hannah and Kyla are top class athletes and are both experienced in coaching and competing internationally.
All the back-office functions continue to be run and managed by Donna who continues to do an exceptional job in the background making sure things run smoothly.
The trustees remain committed to building on the family nature of the club and in addition to the serious side of gymnastics understand we’re all here to have fun too. 2019 will, therefore, see a new chapter at Arabian and we’re excited about the opportunity, we will continue to invest time and effort and money in our coaches, staff, and facilities to ensure that our staff and gymnasts can develop to their very best ability, thus ensuring Arabian maintains its position as the leading local gymnastics club. As always, if you have any ideas for improvement or have any questions please do contact me directly on firstname.lastname@example.org.
It only remains for me to thank Alan for all his hard work and commitment over the last 23 years. Without Alan, and of course the support and enthusiasm of all the coaches, staff, parents and gymnasts the club would certainly not be in the great position it is today. We’d also like to thank our sponsors, Engineering Quest, whose continued support remains vital to the club.
Chariman of Trustees