When Peter and June Brooke set up Goole Gymnastics in 1983, their daughters Peta and Samantha were young girls practising their technique on the mats.
Fast forward more than three decades and those same girls are now lead coaches at the club, which has over 300 members ranging in age from 18 months to adults.
A special display in June celebrated the club’s 35th anniversary, with the club’s VYPERS (Volunteering Young People in the East Riding) presented with certificates showing how many hours they have volunteered over the last 12 months. Peter Brooke told Our Goole: “The VYPER scheme is for anyone between the ages of 11 and 24. We are very fortunate to have our VYPERs as they help to make the Club so successful by helping with moving equipment at displays, fundraising, helping with our tuck shop and many other activities.”
Next year a group of Goole Gymnasts are going to Austria for the World Gymnaestrada. It will be the fourth time a team from Goole has appeared on the world stage, when they were part of the World Team in Helsinki three years ago. The summer is packed with displays and gymnastics festivals, and in the autumn the competition season begins in earnest, kicking off with competitions in Newcastle and Edinburgh.
During school holidays, extra sessions are arranged, with the opportunity for non-members to come and try gymnastics. These are posted on the website www.goolegymnastics.co.uk
Peter told us: “Anyone wishing to experience the sport can contact us on email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01405 769259.