Longridge Gymnastics Club was founded in 1991 by husband and wife duo, David and Sheila Hanson, at Longridge Sports Centre.
David and Sheila's son Chris had shown great potential when attending a local gym class, but they didn’t really cater for boys. The closest gymnastics club was 50 miles away in Manchester, so instead of making that long journey and sitting watching for hours, David decided he would get into coaching and it all started from there. Chris went on to gain a place on the British team, so it was all worth it!
From the sports centre, LGC moved to St Cecilia's school hall where the equipment was stored in the cupboards and had to be set out and put away at the beginning and end of every session. This was less than ideal but with a good group of regular volunteers, it always got done. The dream of finding a purpose built facility had almost become a reality on a few occasions but unfortunately it wasn't meant to be. Until, after many, many years of fundraising and planning, the club moved to its current home, at the Astra Business Centre, on Roman Way, Grimsargh, in February 2011.
Over the years, Longridge Gymnastics Club has provided and continues to provide opportunities for children to get involved with gymnastics, whether that be just for fun or at a competitive level. We have a total of just over 400 members, of children aged 4 and upwards with many gymnasts only leaving when they go onto university.
We are very proud to be one of only few gymnastics clubs in Lancashire, that provide boys with the opportunity to compete at a regional level. We have been creating a successful programme on the girls side too, coaching a number of girls to Lancashire and Regional Champions.
We are incredibly grateful to all our wonderful volunteers and helpers who have continued to support the club over the years.