When it comes to inclusive gymnastics there’s something very special going on in Wales. In fact, look closer and you’ll discover the sport is strong and flexible thanks to the brilliant work of Valley’s Gymnastics Academy. Their forward thinking approach is winning friends of all ages and from all walks of life. And it’s something those nice people at GymnasticsClubManager.com are proud to be associated with.
In fact, their software is playing a huge role in bringing in new members as Head Coach Aled Jones explains: “With a couple of busy venues and a number of membership categories, it was so important we got the admin right when it came to registering people, organising fees and running our database efficiently. The software provided by Gymnasticsclubmanager.com has literally cut the time spent on this in half in just a couple of months. The great thing is it’s so easy to use and actually does a lot of the work for you. In the past, we used things like excel spreadsheets to try and organise everything. But of course this meant duplicating things, and with the best will in the world, mistakes sometimes happened. This wonderful software really has simplified everything, leaving our team more time to manage other areas of the club. And yes, it can result in more members coming through the doors. In truth, I’d thoroughly recommend this to any other club out there as a first class 21st century admin tool. Making use of the product has been one of the best decisions we have ever made.”
Aled should know of course, spending half his time working on the admin side and the rest coaching. He enjoys both, but there’s no prizes for guessing the coaching side gives him a real kick. He added: “It’s great working with the gymnasts as no two people are the same, and everyone needs a different form of support and encouragement. For us, it’s not just about the competitive athletes or potential Olympic medals, but every single person who takes up this amazing sport. I think it’s true to say gymnastics workouts can also provide the perfect foundation for any other sport, in terms of building up core strength, flexibility and muscular movement.”
This is where Valley’s carefully orchestrated ethos comes to the fore. Within the gymnastics family, there are a number of disciplines including recreational, women’s artistic, men’s artistic, rhythmic and many others. All are taught at VGA. From pre-school through to categories for the disabled, the team here have thought of everything. And you’re never too old to start of course, though for children it can give them the key to a healthy, balanced and disciplined life.
VGA believes youngsters love jumping, rolling, turning, twisting and swinging around. Why not put them in an environment where it is allowed, instead of your lounge? “They can learn all about body control, balance and co-ordination,” says Aled. They have excellent facilities at Crumlin including all manner of equipment, an impressive track, trampoline, foam pits and so much more. It’s expanding all the time, and Aled recommends people thinking of joining a club take a look. But they also have a superb Go Gym at the Cwmbran Stadium, kitted out for a range of classes. It’s a terrific place for everyone to enjoy their recreation, providing a happy and safe environment for gymnasts of all abilities. There’s a hard working team too numerous to mention, but one glance at the club’s colourful website will tell you all you need to know. Little wonder this award winning club is the pride of Wales. “We’d like to keep pushing up the bar”, Aled explained.
We live in an age when all sorts of devices and distractions can take youngsters in particular away from any sort of sporting activity. By opening up so many alternatives at the club, we can at least offer an introduction to something that will offer their lives a happy and healthy balance.” Having gone to university at Cardiff, Aled loves mingling with people from a range of backgrounds. For him and the staff here it really is all about people. Any future medals are secondary, but a huge bonus. It seems, just like the Gymnastics Club Manager software, Valley’s Gymnastics has succeeded in changing lives for the better.