We are pushing for further financial support for all gymnastics clubs as concerns for the future of the sport have been highlighted by research conducted with the gymnastics community.
Many clubs across the UK are struggling to cover operational costs, caused by participants not being able to attend their gymnastics sessions. The uncertainty of the pandemic means there is no clear indication on when a normal timetable of sessions will be able to resume.
Results from a survey, completed before further lockdowns and firebreaks were introduced across the UK, by hundreds of registered British Gymnastics clubs, has illustrated that there are a number of concerns about the future. These concerns include:
- Loss of community spaces and non-dedicated facilities
- Retention of participants due to inactivity
- Cancelling sessions
- Staff costs
We have learnt from our survey that almost half of clubs are running at between 51-75% of their capacity. It was also revealed that just under 50% of clubs, that are businesses, are breaking even.
Notably, it was also indicated by 34% of clubs that more funding would be needed if clubs had to close again.
We have joined forces with organisations across the sporting sector to call for a Sport Recovery Fund to help grass roots sports clubs survive and come through the pandemic.
Dave Marshall, Participation Director said: “We’ve seen clubs go to extraordinary lengths to put measures in place to run activities safely, enabling gymnasts to reunite with their friends and enjoy the sport again. Without this hard work and commitment, many children would have become less physically active and may not have returned to our sport.
“Although measures have been brought in to support most businesses in this country, particularly community sport organisations thanks to the work of Sport England, our sport is made up of many types of clubs including charities and commercial businesses, and it’s important that we work as hard as we can to ensure that financial support is available to all of our registered providers.”
Without emergency support, the future of many sports clubs and leisure centres, based at the heart of our communities, is at risk.
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