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Fenland Gymnastics Academy beams with delight at building firm Persimmon Homes' grand gesture

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Cambridgeshire gymnastics club with a waiting list of more than 250 youngsters has plans to upgrade vital equipment after being awarded £1,000 from a regional builder.

Young gymnasts beaming with delight at grand award. (8683323)
Young gymnasts beaming with delight at grand award. (8683323)

The Fenland Gymnastics Academy, based in Wisbech, was awarded £1,000 from Persimmon Homes’ East Midlands Building Futures fund and is hoping to score more funding through the campaign to allow for expansion.

More than 250 gymnasts aged from 18 months to 18 currently take part in training and workshops at the academy in Algores Way and its success over the years has seen gymnasts compete at county, regional and national levels.

Claire Stock, head coach at the academy, said: “We are delighted to receive this generous donation. We will spend the £1,000 on refurbishing some of our equipment that has become worn. Our equipment has to be in full working order so that we can keep our facility safe and secure for all our users. We have a few mats and other equipment which has been well-used and is in need of replacing.”

Nova Eames, head of sales for Persimmon Homes East Midlands, said: “The Fenland Gymnastics Academy has achieved a great deal and we are proud to select it for our Building Futures donation.

“It is a fantastic example of a community club that opens its doors to people of all ages offering healthy and competitive activity and a chance to meet like-minded people.”

Building Futures is being delivered through the Persimmon Charitable Foundation and is aimed at community projects for people aged under 18, targeting grassroots sports groups, charities dealing with physical and mental health issues or awareness, as well as community arts and education projects.

Monthly grants of £1,000 will be awarded across Persimmon’s 32 regional businesses to improve facilities and the delivery of vital grassroots community projects.

In addition to the £1,000 monthly awards, three initiatives will go on to win £100,000 each through a national award scheme voted on by the public. The overall winners will be named at a gala dinner for finalists in October.

In each sector – sport, education & arts, and health – as well as the £100,000 first prize, there will be a £50,000 second prize and a £20,000 third prize, while a further 87 shortlisted projects will each receive £5,000.

Claire added: “Being awarded one of the top prizes would honestly be a dream come true as it would help us move into a larger facility, expand our numbers and help more of the local community access our facility and become active.”

Persimmon Homes is an official partner of Team GB as it prepares for Tokyo 2020 and beyond.

To find out more about or to apply Building Futures visit www.persimmonhomes.com/building-futures/

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