Gymnastics academy's 'new beginning' as £70k Storm Babet damage repaired

The new foam pictured in the newly re-lined pits
The bits are now back in action at Notts Gymnastics Academy -Credit:Kirstie Dane

A gymnastics academy in Nottinghamshire has gone back to its normal training schedule after its foam pits were destroyed during the Storm Babet floods in October 2023. The Notts Gymnastics Academy, on Boundary Road, West Bridgford, has welcomed back its gymnasts after the foam was replaced, with repairs totalling a whopping £70,000.

The pits were out of action for six months while the repair works were taking place, which also included future-proofing them. The cost of the repairs was first estimated to be around £50,000, and a fundraiser was launched by one of the gymnast's parents, raising £7,000.

The higher cost was due to the extra linings that were added to the pits, preventing any similar unfortunate events in the future. Kirstie Dane, facilities manager at Notts Gymnastics Academy, said: "We worked really hard to prevent this from happening again because it had a significant impact on the children because they didn't have access to a vital piece of equipment.

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Pictures show the extensive damage the academy's facilities have suffered following Storm Babet
Pictures show the extensive damage the academy's facilities have suffered following Storm Babet -Credit:Helen Heasman

"It was amazing to see how much everybody supported us. To see everybody pull together when we had this disaster and all the parents coming in and helping us to clear it out, and then also their support through all the fundraising activities and their patience while we dealt with everything was fantastic.

"We're so excited to see the pit back in action and see the gymnasts being able to build on their big skills now that they have the pit giving them confidence again. It's a new beginning."

Ms Dane added that the academy was also supported by its landlord throughout the process, and most of the money was claimed back through insurance.