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Huntingdon gymnastics club lands on its feet with power company donation

The next generation of Huntingdon gymnastics stars have new equipment to improve their grip strength following a helping hand from UK Power Networks.

From Press releases - 21 June 2018 12:00 AM

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

It donated the money following an application from employee Stephen Davison who lives in St Neot’s and works in the company’s Bury St Edmunds office. He volunteers in Huntingdon as coach of its junior boys’ club.

It is the fifth time he has secured funding from his firm and the latest donation has been used to purchase hand apparatus for youngsters at the club to bolster their brawn as they seek to emulate the success of some famous names.

The likes of Olympian Louis Smith trained at the world-class Huntingdon club which caters for gymnasts of all ages and has been operating since 1976.

Stephen, who helps plan electricity connections for customers, said: “I have volunteered at the club for almost nine years now and am there pretty much every night of the week to help. I also judge at competitions on behalf of the club and British Gymnastics at national events.

“Huntingdon gymnastics club provides gymnastics sessions to all ages and abilities from pre-school and recreational children to Olympic and World medalists.

“The club has produced many Olympians over its time, notably Louis Smith who has won four Olympic medals in three successive Games. Daniel Keatings and Luke Folwell have also helped raise the sport’s profile.

“The money awarded by UK Power Networks will go towards hand apparatus that will help to strengthen and condition our junior gymnasts who are looking to emulate the success of their predecessors.

“The correct strength and conditioning plays a vital part in the early development of gymnasts so the money will help to keep that going with the purchase of this new equipment and we are hugely grateful to the company for helping us for a fifth time.”

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 £15,750 was donated to sporting groups connected to UK Power Networks staff.