Taking a tumble is now a little easier for Falkirk Infinity Gymnasts, thanks to a grant from the Lottery.
The group has just purchased a new state of the art ‘Airtrack’, thanks to the £4250 cash boost from the Big Lottery Fund and £500 from Falkirk Sports Council.
The Airtrack helps take the stress out of learning new skills especially for the older gymnasts.
As the gymnast gets into their teens, tumbling skills are much more difficult to learn, especially when the gymnasts are taller than their coaches!
Head Coach Robert Callahan says Airtrack has made training even more fun.
He said: “The girls can train all night without becoming tired and their skill levels in the two weeks since we got the new equipment has improved so much. Not having to support the girls when they are learning new tumbling skills has made a major difference to the quality and quantity of skills.
“The application process for the grant was very straightforward and they were very helpful in assisting us with our application. We are very grateful for the grant that enabled us to purchase this super piece of equipment.”
Next summer will see the girls travelling to Athens to take part in Cosmogym 2014 alongside 3000 gymnasts from all over Europe.
Almost 900 projects in the Falkirk area have received lottery grants from anything from £500 up to hundreds of thousands of pounds to help them make a difference in their communities.
If you are a local group, or even an individual, it’s easy to apply for funding which can be done online at www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/funding-finder. Projects can be involved in anything from the environment to art and sport.
By playing the National Lottery you help raise £35m every week for Good Causes. To see the difference this makes in your community visit www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk.