Youngsters learn freestyle moves

By Mark Pritchett in Football

YOUNG gymnasts from Excelsior Athletic Development Club (ADC) Wellington have been on a one-day freestyle course in Bristol.  

They spent over six hours learning new freestyle moves such as wall spins, somersaults, kongs and dash vaults. The course was held at Gemini Gymnastics whose purpose built facilities enabled the keen youngsters to try out new moves and hone their existing skills.

Head Coach James Marshall took them on the trip and said: “Gymnastics started in Germany with boys exploring different ways to move in the woods in the summer. They then moved inside in the winter to carry on practising and built some equipment to help them. Freestyle gymnastics is a return to the roots of the sport. We are always encouraging our boys and girls to try new ideas, but in a safe environment with proper supervision and coaching.”

One of the girls, Lucy Billings, aged nine, said “My muscles were aching on the day after but it was so much fun!”

The club will be running these field trips on a regular basis and will also be doing some freestyle displays this summer to showcase what the gymnasts can do.

Excelsior ADC train every Wednesday afternoon at Court Fields School in Wellington. There are sessions for secondary school age children and also general gymnastics for primary school children. The club web page is: http:// and they welcome beginners.

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