Club helps new faces to flourish

There has been no stopping a group of children with Down Syndrome who continue to flourish as part of a Leven gymnastics group.

Wednesday, 20th July 2016, 1:32 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 6:56 pm
Eve and Kya of Enigma Gymnastics Club

The town’s Enigma Gymnastics Club has an all inclusive attitude and has been working with relevant organisations to make sure the youngsters are given the best level of training.

Since March 2016, five young gymnasts with Down Syndrome have joined the club’s Sunday afternoon coach led session.

In preparation for their arrival, Disability Sport Fife (DSF) put on an inclusion workshop for coaches and volunteers which the club strongly supported.

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Head coach Jenn Mann has led the project between Enigma GC and DSF with financial support from the Kirkcaldy and Central Fife Sports Council.

All five gymnasts are registered with British Gymnastics and have been appropriately screened in accordance with the protocols of the GB governing body.

Seven year old Myles was already a member of the club and he has made significant advances since the arrival of the new members, he was recently awarded the British Gymnastics Pre School second reward certificate and has also achieved Gymnast of the Week during the past term.

Another young gymnast, Sophie (16), had previously participated in gymnastics but with another club.

The family had to travel extensively to train outside Fife but Sophie now attends the Enigma Club weekly and has been working through British Gymnastics proficiency awards.

Sophie has recently passed Award 4.

The other three young gymnasts, Charlie (7), Eve (8) and Kya (9), are new to the sport and are adapting to the learning environment well.

Like Sophie, they have been introduced to the British Gymnastics proficiency awards programme and have passed awards 8 and 7.

The girls and boys work through skills on floor, vault and bench work.

Large and small apparatus are used to help the youngsters learn the new gymnastics skills.

After the summer holidays, the Enigma Gymnastics Club will move to new facilities within Levenmouth Academy.

The five gymnasts will be offered places in the new school gymnastics sessions.

Disability Sport Fife and partner Enigma Gymnastics Club hope to attract new young gymnasts with Down Syndrome to the sessions.

The new school will offer improved facilities and access to larger equipment.

Interested new members should contact Disability Sport Fife.