Added on: 13th February, 2018 by Caroline_9383
Shropshire residents are being urged to get behind a gymnastics club to help them win £200,000 in a national competition launched by a leading housebuilder.
Persimmon Homes launched its Healthy Communities scheme last May, with the aim of giving £615,000 to support amateur youth sport in England, Scotland and Wales.
Thirty finalists are now competing for the top prize with the winner to be announced at a gala dinner at York Racecourse on Thursday, March 22. One individual or group will scoop £200,000, while two runners-up will win £50,000 each. Each of the 27 finalists will win £5,000 each.
Park Wrekin Gymnastics Club, which was established in Telford more than 50 years ago, has been chosen to represent Persimmon Homes West Midlands in the final and it is now up to the public to decide on the winner with online voting under way for six weeks until March 16.
People can vote for their favourite sporting group by visiting the Healthy Communities page on the Persimmon Homes website.
Park Wrekin Gymnastics Club, based in Severn Drive, Dothill, has trained and coached some of Britain’s top gymnasts.
Spokesman Peter McCready said: “We are urging people to back us in this competition and take the time to vote as such a large amount of money would be a real game changer for our group.
“We are one of the UK’s largest clubs and offer gymnastics classes for every combination of age, experience and skill – from pre-school toddlers to aspiring Olympic Gymnasts. We moved into new premises last Summer and have more than 20 experienced and fully-qualified coaches. If we win the £200,000 we will expand the work we do in the community, especially with young children from disadvantaged backgrounds and with disabled young people.”
Stephen Cleveley, director-in-charge of Persimmon Homes West Midlands, said: “We have been overwhelmed by the interest in the Healthy Communities scheme, and the incredible talent, expertise and dedication shown by all the organisations that entered.
“The aim of the scheme is to help create a sporting legacy, and we believe Park Wrekin Gymnastics Club could do this if they win the £200,000. We would urge local people to get behind this group by adding their vote online, as the work they do is tremendous.”
As part of the scheme thousands of groups and individuals applied for monthly donations of £750 to pay for kit and equipment. As part of their entry they had to say what they would spend the £200,000 on if they were lucky enough to win the top prize. Persimmon Homes West Midlands gave away £6,000 locally as part of this and nationally, Persimmon’s 30 businesses donated £180,000.