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WATCH THE VIDEO: The Hoppers Crossing community is making the most of a new gymnastics facility, made possible by a $5.35 million loan to Belgravia Group through the Victorian Government’s innovative Community Sports Infrastructure Loan Scheme.
The new Grange P-12 College facility features the latest gymnastics equipment and an innovative layout, designed to stimulate and encourage young people to be active.
Grange P-12 Primary School Principal, Meredith Clencie said the gym came about through a Community Infrastructure grant. “We’re just so pleased to have this facility” she says.
“Parents love it and we push it as an alternative to screen time.”
It’s already inspiring the local students with over 965 tumbling and somersaulting their way through a six-week gymnastics course to improve physical literacy, while having some rolling fun. Outside of school hours, over 230 junior talents are also hitting the bars to participate in the Belgravia Kids weekly gymnastics programs.
And there’s more to it than just advancing gymnastics skills, the facility has provided some additional employment opportunities for students with operator Belgravia Leisure offering complimentary accredited gymnastics coaching courses to senior students. Thanks to this initiative, Belgravia has employed 15 senior students who help coordinate the gymnastics program at the new gym, with opportunities for more in the future.
Belgravia CEO, Mark Rendell said the fit-out of the gym is thanks to the Community Sports Loan Scheme through Sport and Recreation Victoria. The loans scheme provides low-interest loans for councils, clubs and organisations to deliver and improve community sport and recreation infrastructure.
Click on the video above to see inside the new gym facility.
And for further information on the Community Sports Infrastructure Loans scheme go to the Sport and Recreation Victoria website.