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New equipment for aspiring Olympic gymnasts

Huntingdon Gymnastics Club is buying new pommel horse training equipment – with a little helping hand from UK Power Networks.

From Press releases - 6 October 2016 12:00 AM

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Huntingdon Gymnastics Club is buying new pommel horse training equipment – with a little helping hand from UK Power Networks.

The club, which is home to four-time Olympic medallist and pommel horse specialist Louis Smith, received the grant after it was nominated by UK Power Networks employee Stephen Davison, who is also a volunteer coach of the elite junior boys squad.

The company, which delivers electricity to eight million customers across East Anglia, London and the South East through its vast infrastructure of overhead power lines, underground cables and substations, has given the club a much-needed £250 grant as part of its Team Sport Award programme.

Stephen, a quantity surveyor based at the firm’s Bury St Edmunds office, said: “I applied for the grant to help fund a new pommel horse trainer called a mushroom.

“It’s a piece of equipment that helps to develop skills for the pommel horse, a piece of apparatus that Huntingdon Gymnastics Club is internationally renowned and famous for – it’s the home of four-time Olympic medallist Louis Smith and many more of Great Britain’s most successful gymnasts.”

The Team Sport Award scheme is designed to encourage staff to volunteer in the community and is aimed at promoting healthy living, teamwork and development of sporting opportunities.

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