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Gymnasts in move to Paignton's Parkfield centre

By Herald Express  |  Posted: May 22, 2014

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PAIGNTON'S Parkfield Youth Centre has opened its doors to South Devon Gymnastics Club, who recently found themselves homeless.

Just before Easter the gymnastics club was forced to leave its latest premises at Long Road in Paignton, and after a wide property search across Torbay, Parkfield was identified as a great solution for the club.

The club has hired the sports hall and the cafe area and will be working alongside the current youth workers, who continue to deliver youth sessions four evenings a week and on Saturday for the young people of Torbay.

Torbay Council is also now carrying out its annual survey asking young people where they go for support, information, advice and guidance and if the services currently on offer are suitable, including the provision at Parkfield.

The questionnaire will be distributed to community groups with focus groups for young people taking place at Parkfield. To take part, go to www.torbay.gov.uk/consultation . The consultation closes on Friday, June 20.

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  • torqresident  |  June 05 2014, 10:49AM

    It's great news that the gymnastics club has been able to make use of a sports hall that previously wasn't being used for so many hours and complements the climbing, BMX and skate park facilities at Parkfield. It sounds very unfortunate for the groups who have had to move out and a shame that they weren't given more notice, hopefully all will find suitable homes asap. Having been in the centre when gymnasts have been training and seen the club's facebook page it really is very impressive to watch so many gymnasts from tiny tots starting out to elite level gymnasts who I understand are competing at national level. I'm sure it won't be long before the club put on even more classes for a wide range of people.

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  • Rhiannah  |  May 22 2014, 3:49PM

    Unfortunately due to the Gymnastics club taking over Parkfield, many groups who have been using the centre since it first opened have been made homeless. I am a member of the Riviera Twirlstars who have been training at Parkfield since it opened. We had no warning about us having to leave, we found out through word of mouth. Disgracefully we received a letter of apology AFTER we had been forced out. We are now temporally training at a church hall which is very small and has very low ceilings, this is causing a lot of problems fitting everyone in the hall and also practicing our routines correctly. We are not the only group who have been forced to leave to accommodate the Gymnastics club. I fail to understand why the youth of Torbay and Loyal clubs have been put second after the building was initially built for them. I am appalled by this article and how it ONLY mentions how the Gymnastics club have been made homeless when their actions have put out many more groups and young people. This just shows that money is becoming more important than the youth as a whole.

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