Coaching awards for Burnley Gymnastics Club

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Burnley Gymnastics Club had five representatives on a recent British Gymnastics Course.

Olivia Cragg, Eleanor Briggs, Danielle Parkinson, Aimee Mottershead and Yasmin Latif attended the Core Proficiency Awards Scheme Coaching course at the BEST Centre that will allow the club to start delivering attainment badges and certificates as part of their core gymnastics programme.

This course is the first-ever British Gymnastics Accredited Course to be delivered in East Lancashire by the National Governing Body, and Burnley now has a facility that can be used to train new coaches and volunteers, reducing the need to travel outside the county.

As part of an Official Be Inspired Project, these volunteers are the life blood of the club in delivering more opportunities to the borough’s young aspiring gymnasts who want to follow their Olympic heroes.

Head of Gymnastics Kimberley Sharples said: “The club is committed to attaining Clubmark status and these newly-qualified young leaders will help deliver important parts of the process.

“More importantly it will allow gymnasts to be rewarded for their hard work in the gym, meeting the levels set by British Gymnastics.

“The next step will be for these five young leaders to attend the Level 1 coaching course once they reach 16.”

British Gymnastics Course Tutor Ann Smith added: “The girls were a great credit to the club, and with their gymnastics background I used them a lot for demonstrations during the course!”

This is further good news for the club who last month took delivery some official London 2012 equipment.

For more information on gymnastics or any other activities taking place at the BEST Centre please visit www.thebestcentre.com or contact 01282 455068.

Pictured are, back, Olivia Cragg, Eleanor Briggs, Danielle Parkinson; Front, Aimee Mottershead, Yasmin Latif (s).