Raising the bar with a new SA Centre for Movement


Artist impression of new SA Centre for Movement
 
As featured in last week’s Sunday Mail, Gymnastics SA’s vision for a new South Australian Centre for Movement will support everyone in the community, at every stage in life.

We have thousands of members, world-class coaches and world-class talent, but we are working with substandard facilities. Sadly, South Australians are being left behind. With hundreds of children on waiting lists at almost every club across Adelaide, we estimate 70% of demand is currently unmet.

Gymnastics SA is rallying support to build a modern centre with world-class equipment, top coaches, the capacity to cater for large scale events, and space to house clubs if they want to move in.

Built in 1982, the current State Gymnastics Centre in Morphettville receives more than 40,000 visits a year but is not built to host large events. In April, Gymnastics South Australia was forced to spend more than $30,000 hiring the Adelaide 36ers Arena to hold the three-day State Championships because the current facility isn’t up to scratch.

Second only to swimming, KinderGym is the most popular foundation activity for South Australians aged under five; helping them to grow up learning important fundamental movement skills and giving them the best start in life. Gymnastics is a foundation sport for every other sporting activity, it provides the building blocks for optimal physical development.

A South Australian Centre for Movement would serve everyone in the community at every stage in their life. We have seen the enjoyment and benefit for those utilising our uniquely tactile space within the disability sector and we see this is how the Centre would be further maximised.

Gymnastics SA is thankful to be having positive talks with the State Government about funding for the creation of a Centre for Movement, but it can’t come soon enough. Please share our need for a new facility with your community and together we can make a difference.