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Gillingham gymnasts win cash for a winter warm-up

A sports grant from UK Power Networks has helped make Gillingham Gymnastics Club’s new home warm and welcoming for young people this winter.

From Press releases - 1 February 2016 12:00 AM

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A sports grant from UK Power Networks has helped make Gillingham Gymnastics Club’s new home warm and welcoming for young people this winter.

Yvonne Kerswill applied for £250 from her employer’s Team Sport Award to help with winter heating costs at the club’s new building in Hopewell Drive after they relocated there in November. Her daughter Annaleise, who is 10, is a member of the floor and vault squad.

The Quotation and Design Planning Assistant at the firm also pulled together a team of volunteers from her office, in Bircholt Road, Maidstone, to help paint and clean the new building. The club has been going for more than 20 years and caters for 620 members, including children with special needs and disabilities, but its future was in doubt last year due to building issues.

Yvonne, who lives in Hempstead, Gillingham, said: “It was fantastic to receive the grant which has helped towards heating the gym during the winter. It came at a good time because there was a lot of refurbishment work to do on the new hall, which was an empty warehouse. The club relocated from its previous property which was leaking badly and un-insurable.

“The club is a great facility for young people. My daughter loves gymnastics and trains with a lovely group of girls. She competed in lots of competitions last year and came fourth in the regional competition in September and she has another competition next month. It’s certainly her passion at the moment, but as her mum it does scare me watching her!”

UK Power Networks, which delivers electricity supplies in the South East, including Kent, runs the Team Sport Award scheme to encourage staff to volunteer in the community. The scheme also promotes healthy living, teamwork and sporting opportunities.

Hundreds of community and sports groups have benefited from grants since the scheme was set up. Last year nearly £13,000 was donated to sporting groups connected to UK Power Networks staff.