‘Club Focus’ takes a look at the grass roots of Australian gymnastics, specifically the people and organisations that keep the sport ticking. This week The Gym Spot features Scallywags Gymnastics on the NSW Central Coast, info provided by co-owner, Rod Poole.
How did your club start?
Scallywaggs began in 1995 with a trailer of basic equipment and a passion to provide a quality program for our local community (at that time this was Kariong). We’d began with 2 Kindergym classes a week in the school hall and later a small recreational program after school, one afternoon a week. In 1996 we moved to a factory at Erina where we stayed until 1999 with a program of around 450. In 2000 we moved to our present location at Wyoming and have since expanded again to take over the major part of the building.
How many kids train there?
At present we cater to about 1200 gymnasts a week ranging in age from 10 months to 70 years.
Do you have any special needs programs?
We provide special needs programs for all ages. We have a boy gentleman who has been with us since 2002 and is now 27 years old. He still loves coming every week.
What are you most proud of with your club?
We are most proud of the growth of our club from a box trailer to where we are now –the 2nd largest gymnastics club in the Hunter region and the 5th largest in NSW. We provide programs for all abilities from babies, to recreational gymnastics, to competitive women’s programs up to level 7.
Why is gymnastics important to your families and their community?
Our gym has always been based on families, so we try to treat everyone who walks through our door as part of the family and it shows in the retention rate which averages about 7 years per child.
What do kids gain out of gymnastics?
We provide a sense of community and make sure the children have a solid foundation in health and fitness that can be used throughout their lives
What is your favourite quote?
Kits favourite saying is “No Whining… No Crying…. Keep trying.
Our motto is “Where Having Fun Is Just The Beginning.”
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