Free gym sessions

Young gymnast

Stoke Mandeville Stadium will be staging a free gymnastics open day on Saturday May 11. There will be inclusive sessions for four-11 year olds, with activities for disabled and non-disabled youngsters on offer between 10am and 11.30am, 11.30am and 1pm, and 1pm and 2.30pm.

Gymnastics as a sport has already proved a hit at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, following the introduction of the British Gymnastics-approved Jump into Gymnastics (JiG) programme at the centre in 2018. And in 2019, they have added Core Proficiency sessions for kids who have developed past the introductory JiG course.

General manager James Ewart said: ‘We’re really looking forward to the free open day on May 11. We’ve seen good growth in the popularity of the sport at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, but there’s always room for more.

‘What’s great about gymnastics is it is so adaptable and our coaches are able to change sessions to suit all needs and abilities. This means we’re able to welcome boys and girls with learning and physical disabilities, and everyone’s getting the benefit of a sport which teaches such key skills as co-ordination, balance, agility, dedication and self-confidence.’

On the day, parents/guardians should make sure children are dressed in appropriate clothing; they can wear a T-shirt and shorts, or leggings – just something they’re comfortable in, and a water bottle is advisable. For safety reasons, any jewellery needs to be removed before the sessions.

For more information about the gymnastics programme at the stadium, or to reserve a spot for a child/children at the open day, visit the website –, call the team on 01296 484848 or email

The More Leisure Community Trust operates Stoke Mandeville Stadium on behalf of WheelPower, the national organisation for wheelchair sport in the UK.

Livv Sklenar, Sports and Disability Development Manager, with a gymnast from one of the regular classes.

May 2, 2019