The ethos of RSG was built before the club…

It’s hard to miss the stream of posts and headlines surrounding gymnastics at the moment, and it certainly makes for difficult reading.

It’s incredibly upsetting to hear what these gymnasts, ex-gymnasts and parents have to say about their experiences in the sport that we love. For our founder, these difficult reminders hit a little too close to home.

 

The ethos of RSG was built before the club. Before anything else, our club would always be about the gymnasts, and that is due to personal experience of elite level gymnastics by Sophie, and her unrelenting drive to take gymnastics culture in a different direction. 

We have always taken pride in ensuring that any child who walks through our doors to take part in this wonderful sport – at any level – is encouraged to do their very best, rather than be the best. Gymnastics is a perfect sport for building resilience and promoting self-confidence from recreational level through to competitive streams and we plan all of our sessions with consideration of every level of gymnast.

 

We emphatically believe that athlete-centred coaching, with wellbeing at the forefront, will still build well-rounded, high level gymnasts. Training to be a gymnast is incredibly hard work, there is no doubting that, but we want to demonstrate to the gymnastics community that results can be achieved through respectful, healthy coaching.

 

Our top priority when bringing coaches into our club is that they are able to show us that they share our spirit and thought processes. We invest time in mentoring our coaches to be able to feel they have the tools that they need to motivate and inspire children positively and successfully.

 

It is vitally important for all of our team that as parents you are able to trust our club to do the very best for your gymnast. Our goal is to help all young people who come to Ready Steady Gymnastics to fall in love with the sport, and reap the many social, physical and wide-ranging benefits of being involved with gymnastics.

Positive change is still needed within our sport, and we are proud that since 2015 we have never wavered from that as our main focus. 

Coventry City Council goes in favor of Gymnastic Wellness Centre

Wow!! What a journey so far for Ready Steady Gymnastics Coventry with a whirl wind of events in finding a home for our Children! We currently run from a Church Hall Facility in Coventry Hearsall Baptist Church which has served us well, however, we are a growing club and now require a bigger facility for our Club to expand and offer more space to the community in Coventry!

We found a commercial unit which could be converted into a Gymnastics Facility and with a devastating blow it was rejected by Coventry’s planning office! We are very lucky to have gained massive support from our parents, carers and the local community through setting up a online petition which gained over 726 signatures! We were also very fortune to gain the backing of Tony Skipper and Mal Mutton, Radford Ward Councillors, which meant our application was to go in front of the Coventry Planning Committee.

In addition to this Peter Male, a Woodlands Ward Councillor, was in full support of sponsoring our Petition and represented Ready Steady Gymnastics along with Director and Head Coach Miss Sophie Gregory. We would also like to mention Julia Lepoidevin, Woodland Ward Councillor, who in addition to Peter, also came along to the Planning Committee meeting on the 13.4.2017 to support Ready Steady Gymnastics.

The meeting that was held on the 13.04.2017 was a significant day for Ready Steady Gymnastics, with Peter Male supporting the vision of Ready Steady Gymnastics and the passion and drive Head Coach Sophie Gregory has on changing the lives for children in Coventry. Miss Sophie Gregory then had a 3-minute opportunity to state her vision, dream and argument against the planning officers report. As you can imagine it was a very daunting experience for Miss Sophie Gregory, however, with a lot of nerves she discussed her passion for children, the desire for change and why the planning officers report does not apply to the application! The planning office was then able to state their case which then went to the 10 members of the planning committee that were present! The officers commended Sophie for her courage, drive and passion behind Ready Steady Gymnastics and for seeing the vison that Coventry is changing and something so unique should be granted! One of the officers thanked Sophie for her spiritually uplifting the committee! It did then go to a vote which was unanimously voted in favour of the planning application being granted and the planning officers rejection being refused! This was a life changing day for Ready Steady Gymnastics and our future generation of Coventry!

So, moving forward, Ready Steady Gymnastics are considering looking for a larger unit which will be able to offer more spaces, along with additional Gymnastics disciplines to the Children of Coventry, this decision has been made due to the full support of the planning committee and clearly reflects the Coventry Development Plan 2016 which seeks more high quality sporting facilities and events. We also agree with Olympic Rhythmic Gymnast, Rachel Smith, who stated that a full-size Gymnastics floor is definitely needed to be able to produce Olympic Gymnast which unfortunately the original unit could not offer. We are currently in discussions with agents in Coventry to which unit we will go with and a can confirm our move and expansion is currently looking to be around the end of August/September 2017.

We cannot wait for the future of Ready Steady Gymnastics Wellness Centre which will have a unique focus on many different holistic elements, not just Gymnastics and will be all inclusive to everyone that chooses to attend our life changing centre.

Keep checking back here and on our social media feeds as more exciting information will be revealed soon……………….

We woud like to say a big thank you to all the councillors below for the support they displayed towards Ready Steady Gymnastics and it’s future in Coventry.

We would like to offer another big thank you to the Coventry City Council Planning Commitee that were present who voted unanimously in favour of Ready Steady Gymnastics Wellness Centre.

BBC Radio News Report on Ready Steady Gymnastics

We would like to say a huge thank you to BBC Radio, Coventry & Warwickshire, for getting in touch and featuring us on their news broadcast on 12/04/2017. This gave us the opportunity to discuss our recent Coventry City Council petition to gain support for Coventry’s first, dedicated, Gymnastics Wellness Centre. This petition gained over 726 signatures in total.

We would also like to say a big thank you to Rachel Smith, a rhythmic gymnast who started her career in Coventry and was team captain for the Rhythmic Gymnastics Squad at London 2012, for taking the time to call into the BBC and put forward her full support for our journey ahead.

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BBC Radio News Report – Rachel Smith by BBC Radio – Coventry & Warwichshire

We would just like to note a big thank you to all the gymnasts that came along to be a part of the BBC visiting our site.

Gymnasts presenting with Head Coach Sophie Gregory during the BBC Radio visit
Gymnasts presenting with Head Coach Sophie Gregory during the BBC Radio visit

Making the dream…

Wish it... Dream it... Do it... at Ready Steady Gymnastics

Having worked in the private childcare sector for nearly seven years now and being Manager for two years I decided I wanted to get back on the floor with the children as this where I find the most fulfilment in my life. With my training and higher education diploma in childhood studies I had a thought one night… I loved Gymnastics when I was little even getting to the national finals where I came third. How can I combine my Gymnastics skills and childcare knowledge to make something completely unique that will benefit children on a holistic scale…

That’s when it came to me Pre-School Gymnastic classes, so I started on my venture drafting out a business plan and with the help of my wonderful father putting together a cash flow projection. I booked my training with British Gymnastics and set about looking for funding… Six months later I have my business model, loan, qualifications to start my business venture and get back on the floor with children helping them understand the importance of exercise, socialising and reliving the dream I had when I was a little girl.. Just in a different context allowing children to enjoy and benefit from Gymnastics!! A big thank you to my father without him I would have been lost in the process, my mother who created our name “Ready Steady Gymnastics”, my best friend Michelle Kelly who is established book writer and helped me with my business plan, and all my friends and family who have supported me through my journey and of course “Start Up Direct” who helped me fund making my idea/dream come true…

If you can dream it, you can do it at Ready Steady Gymnastics
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