Stepehen secures �250 for Huntingdon gym

A VOLUNTEER coach at Huntingdon Olympic Gym has won a �250 grant for the club.

Stephen Davison helps coach the club’s boys development programme and the ‘Gymnastics For All’ section at the Mayfield Road facility.

However, it was his work for UK Power Networks in St Neots which secured the gym the money.

Stephen, who helps plan new electricity connections for customers, successfully applied to the team sport award scheme run by his employer.

He said: “This funding is much appreciated and will go towards the cost of a new training ‘mushroom’ – which is a perfect piece of apparatus to use before moving onto the much larger pommel horse.

“Our existing equipment is in much need of updating and this apparatus is key to the development of younger gymnasts’ pommel horse skills.

As well as training internationally renowned gymnasts such as Louis Smith and Luke Folwell, Huntingdon Olympic Gym also caters for babies and everyone in between, including various disability groups.

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Ben Howells, head boys’ coach, praised Stephen for the initiative that he showed not only by securing the funding, but also in his approach to volunteering at the club: “We have always relied on volunteer coaches to make our programme successful and Stephen is one of those ‘gold nuggets’ that every club dreams of having.”

UK Power Networks’ team sport awards offers employees the opportunity to apply for grants of up to �250 to fund specific items or projects required by amateur sports clubs they are involved with.