Waveney Gymnastics Club

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Waveney Gymnastics Club's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Waveney Gymnastics Club is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

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Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

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Some of the club’s officials and
staff
With an underlying philosophy based on the provision of
quality gymnastic activities to all members of its club,
Waveney Gymnastics was established in 1976 and exists
today as a registered charity limited by guarantee. A successful
application to Sport England saw an influx of funding in 2001,
which has brought the club to where it is today. Founder John
Pawsey tells the
Review
about the importance of gymnastics in the
community and the effect of providing a living wage for employees.
We are a gymnastics club, originally established in 1976 as a small voluntarily run
sports club offering basic gymnastic coaching to youngsters in the local community.
The popularity of the activities we offer has grown over the last 43 years, and we
have expanded to become a major sporting facility within the area of Lowestoft
and now have a permanent Olympic gymnastics training facility.
Our underlying philosophy is to provide gymnastics-related activities to all members
of the club, irrespective of their age, gender, ability or ethnic background, and to
help them to enjoy a healthier lifestyle and reach their full potential in the sport
ofgymnastics.
From acorn to tree
During the period between 1976 and 2002, the club trained three times a week
by hiring local sports halls in schools and bringing equipment in and out each
session. The membership was around 80 gymnasts, but we had a waiting list. A
Sport England Lottery application was submitted for the building of a permanent
FACTS ABOUT
WAVENEY GYMNASTICS CLUB
»Chairman and Founder:
JohnPawsey
»Established in 1976
»Based in Lowestoft
»Services: Gymnastics club
providing a range of activities
for the local community
»No. of employees: 40
Waveney Gymnastics
Club
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LEISURE & TOURISM
gymnastic centre in the town, which
was given support and approval in
2001. The facility was opened in
November 2002, and within a very
short period of time, our membership
figures had risen to over 300. This new
facility meant that the club would need
to employ some full-time and part-time
coaching staff as well as administrative
personnel, as we could no longer
survive with just voluntary staff.
During this early period of the new
facility, a board of directors was
established and the club became a
company limited by guarantee, with
properly drawn-up legal documents to
support our change of status. The club
decided that as we are in a deprived
area of the country, we would develop
a range of gymnastics-related activities
at the centre for all ages and abilities.
Our fully integrated policy means that
we offer sessions within the centre
where both able-bodied members
and those with a disability can train
alongside each other. The groups are
not mixed, but the atmosphere in the
centre at all times is one of enjoyment,
fun and respect, and members
understand and care for each other.
We are open seven days a week and
offer a programme of activities which
include Parent and Me sessions for the
very young, recreational classes for
gymnastics and trampoline, free running
activities, advanced recreational classes,
development and elite gymnastics
groups, adult sessions, and tumbling.
All these activities are available to both
able-bodied individuals and those who
may have special needs. At different
times over the weekends, we are
available for party bookings for children
under the age of ten, which includes a
session in the gymnastics training hall
and in-house catering after the session.
This expansion of our activities over
the years has seen the club grow into
one of the largest sports clubs in the
area, with footfall through the facility
in excess of a thousand people every
week, including several schools. The
club has played host to international
teams for training, including leading up
to the 2012 London Olympics. We have
hosted the Great British, Canadian and
Australian men’s teams; the Japanese
trampoline team; and several training
camps for other nations, including the
England juniorsquads.
The training hall from
the viewing balcony
The
atmosphere in
the centre at
all times is one
of enjoyment,
fun and
respect, and
members
understand
and care for
each other
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Some of the club’s officials and
staff
With an underlying philosophy based on the provision of
quality gymnastic activities to all members of its club,
Waveney Gymnastics was established in 1976 and exists
today as a registered charity limited by guarantee. A successful
application to Sport England saw an influx of funding in 2001,
which has brought the club to where it is today. Founder John
Pawsey tells the
Review
about the importance of gymnastics in the
community and the effect of providing a living wage for employees.
We are a gymnastics club, originally established in 1976 as a small voluntarily run
sports club offering basic gymnastic coaching to youngsters in the local community.
The popularity of the activities we offer has grown over the last 43 years, and we
have expanded to become a major sporting facility within the area of Lowestoft
and now have a permanent Olympic gymnastics training facility.
Our underlying philosophy is to provide gymnastics-related activities to all members
of the club, irrespective of their age, gender, ability or ethnic background, and to
help them to enjoy a healthier lifestyle and reach their full potential in the sport
ofgymnastics.
From acorn to tree
During the period between 1976 and 2002, the club trained three times a week
by hiring local sports halls in schools and bringing equipment in and out each
session. The membership was around 80 gymnasts, but we had a waiting list. A
Sport England Lottery application was submitted for the building of a permanent
FACTS ABOUT
WAVENEY GYMNASTICS CLUB
»Chairman and Founder:
JohnPawsey
»Established in 1976
»Based in Lowestoft
»Services: Gymnastics club
providing a range of activities
for the local community
»No. of employees: 40
Waveney Gymnastics
Club
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LEISURE & TOURISM
gymnastic centre in the town, which
was given support and approval in
2001. The facility was opened in
November 2002, and within a very
short period of time, our membership
figures had risen to over 300. This new
facility meant that the club would need
to employ some full-time and part-time
coaching staff as well as administrative
personnel, as we could no longer
survive with just voluntary staff.
During this early period of the new
facility, a board of directors was
established and the club became a
company limited by guarantee, with
properly drawn-up legal documents to
support our change of status. The club
decided that as we are in a deprived
area of the country, we would develop
a range of gymnastics-related activities
at the centre for all ages and abilities.
Our fully integrated policy means that
we offer sessions within the centre
where both able-bodied members
and those with a disability can train
alongside each other. The groups are
not mixed, but the atmosphere in the
centre at all times is one of enjoyment,
fun and respect, and members
understand and care for each other.
We are open seven days a week and
offer a programme of activities which
include Parent and Me sessions for the
very young, recreational classes for
gymnastics and trampoline, free running
activities, advanced recreational classes,
development and elite gymnastics
groups, adult sessions, and tumbling.
All these activities are available to both
able-bodied individuals and those who
may have special needs. At different
times over the weekends, we are
available for party bookings for children
under the age of ten, which includes a
session in the gymnastics training hall
and in-house catering after the session.
This expansion of our activities over
the years has seen the club grow into
one of the largest sports clubs in the
area, with footfall through the facility
in excess of a thousand people every
week, including several schools. The
club has played host to international
teams for training, including leading up
to the 2012 London Olympics. We have
hosted the Great British, Canadian and
Australian men’s teams; the Japanese
trampoline team; and several training
camps for other nations, including the
England juniorsquads.
The training hall from
the viewing balcony
The
atmosphere in
the centre at
all times is one
of enjoyment,
fun and
respect, and
members
understand
and care for
each other
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Each year, we hold a training camp for
those who have a disability, followed
by a competition at the end of the
camp. Attendance at this event has
grown to over 70 this year, and it
continues to be a great attraction for
gymnasts from places like Scotland,
Jersey, Portsmouth, Worcestershire,
Poole, Yorkshire and all parts of
EastAnglia.
We continue to discuss and plan for
the future as the demand for our
sport grows, helped by the success of
the national teams. Our future plans
involve the possibility of a satellite club
within the area, but there is still some
groundwork to do, not least relating
to the financial implications of such
aventure.
Strengthening our workforce
The club has tried to recruit coaching
staff with experience and high-level
qualifications in the past, but this has
not proved very successful, as we are
in a quite remote area of the country.
Consequently, we have, in recent
years, taken the decision to invest in
the development of local young people
who are keen to become coaches.
Having now established the centre
as a facility to run courses, we are
attracting tutors to come to the club.
We have gone from employing just
one full-time coach and a part-time
administration officer in 2002 to now
operating with a workforce of around
40 employees. Their contracts vary
from part time to full time depending
on their individual circumstances.
The implications for the club, which
is registered with Companies House
and the Charity Commission, are
quite substantial, as we are a non-
profit-making organisation. Our main
source of income is from membership
subscription charges, and our total
income from all avenues is around
£450,000. However, our expenditure is
very similar.
Legislation from government relating
to the living wage and pension
contributions is a difficult act to
balance, as many of our coaches are
young, and there are increases to meet
every year which are linked to their
age. We are reluctant to increase our
fees, as we are in a deprived area and
an increase could be detrimental to our
membership for those families who
already experience some hardship. Our
board of directors are from a variety of
professional backgrounds and all offer
their services voluntarily, meeting every
six to eight weeks. The club also has a
team of fully trained welfare officers.
We want to continue to grow and
to engage local youngsters and
all members of our community by
encouraging them to take up sport
or exercise to enable them to have
healthier lifestyles at an affordable
cost. Our area suffers from a significant
number of people with underlying
health issues. Any significant
government legislation increasing the
living wage could have a catastrophic
effect on the continued development,
expansion or even survival of the club in
a deprived area like Lowestoft. Despite
these challenges, we will continue to
focus on running a successful business
and trying to help raise the self-esteem
of our localcommunity.
We will
continue to
focus on
running a
successful
business and
trying to help
raise the self-
esteem of our
local
community
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This article was sponsored by Waveney Gymnastics Club. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss.

Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss

Even by the standards of the day –this has been one of the most exciting and unpredictable years in British politics.

The leadership election we’ve just seen marks a huge moment in our country’s history. This government is taking a decisive new direction, embracing the opportunities of Brexit and preparing our country to flourish outside the EU.

As international trade secretary, I’ll be driving forward work on the free trade agreements that are going to be a priority for the government. Free trade isn’t just an abstract concept bandied around by technocrats. It is crucial for a strong economy and for the ability of families to make ends meet. Free trade benefits people in every part of our country, as British firms export to new markets and people doing the weekly shop have access to a wider choice of goods at lower prices.

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2019 has been the year of brewing economic and political revolution. 2020 will be the year when a revitalised Conservative government turbo charges the economy, boosts prospects for people across the country, and catapults Britain back to the forefront of the world stage.



Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss
Secretary of State for International Development