Minority sports enjoy Nottinghamshire numbers boost after Olympics exposure

GYMNASTICS is the latest sport in Nottinghamshire benefiting from increased exposure at London 2012, following on from handball and kayaking.

Nottinghamshire County Council says there has been a boost in inquiries from people interested in taking up all three sports in the last fortnight.

In particular, the success of Sam Oldham, who is funded through Nottinghamshire County Council’s Shining Stars grant, and clinched bronze in the men’s team gymnastics, is inspiring others.

In terms of more enquiries from local gymnastics clubs for girls, boys and adults, there has been a lot of interest being expressed by boys in particular.

Rachel Clerck, sports development officer for gymnastics at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “It is great that so many people of all ages are inspired to take up Gymnastics.

“It really is a great sport for all, which is not only about performing somersaults but is great for fitness improving balance, coordination, flexibility and strength.

“It is a sport that takes discipline and a lot of hard work but as you may have witnessed over the Olympic Games the end results are fantastic to watch.

“All the media attention has been incredible for the sport and has put it in a great position to increase participation. We also need volunteers, helpers and coaches at the clubs to ensure that we can provide opportunities for everyone who is interested to give them alternative ways of getting involved.”

You can find your local club by using the find a club section on the British Gymnastics website, www.british-gymnastics.org, or by contacting Rachel Clerck, sports development officer (gymnastics and athletics), at Nottinghamshire County Council, on 0115 9772298 or rachel.clerck@nottscc.gov.uk

Handball is another sport to have benefitted from the Olympic buzz as more people decide to take up the sport.

Matt Bloor, sports development Officer at Nottinghamshire County Council said: “The exposure that handball and other minority sports have had thanks to the Olympics Games has been priceless.

“People have been ringing up to find local clubs which offer the sport as they have been inspired by London 2012.”

Handball sessions take place every Thursday from 8-9pm at Gedling Sports Centre.

For more info on volunteering in all sports, visit the Sport Nottinghamshire website www.sportnottinghamshire.co.uk