A successful East Yorkshire gymnastics club has opened a new centre in Brough to meet increasing demand for classes across all ages and abilities – and also has plans to open a pre-school and nursery on site in the near future.
Goldstar Active was founded in 2010 by co-owners Laura Kitney and Caroline Woodcock, providing gymnastics lessons for pre-school-aged children to adults and from complete beginners to competitive gymnasts.
For the first seven years they held classes at various local sports centres, schools and gyms, but in 2017 Laura and Caroline opened their first dedicated facility, transforming an empty warehouse shell in Willerby into a state-of-the-art facility.
Having successfully grown membership numbers year after year, across all age ranges, they have now opened a second facility in Hytec Way, Brough, to serve people in and around villages including Elloughton, South Cave and out towards Market Weighton.
Laura says she has been thrilled with the club’s continued expansion, and revealed further plans for the future.
“Our vision has been to bring Goldstar into the fore of local communities, providing easier access to our gymnastics facilities and coaching for all ages and abilities,” she said.
“We’re really excited to have opened in Brough as a lot of people from the area come to Willerby and have asked us about holding classes nearer to their homes, especially when it comes to after school classes.
“The decision to open our first premises three years ago transformed how we worked and the quality of service we were able to offer. When we were renting out space in sports halls, we were always dependent on space availability and dictated time slots, limiting the times we could offer sessions.
“We also suffered from a lack storage space which meant we couldn’t provide the very best equipment, which we wanted to do.
“Now we have two state-of-the art facilities, offering the very best environments and classes at flexible times, seven days a week, in the heart of local communities.”
Goldstar aims to provide a ‘one-stop fitness facility which appeals to whole families’ offering gymnastics disciplines such as pre-school, recreational gymnastics, development classes, trampolining, rebound and parkour.
It also provides dance and adult fitness classes including HIIT, boot camps, personal training sessions and yoga.
All coaches are fully qualified and DBS checked, with a combined experience of almost 40 years teaching gymnastics. The club is also affiliated with the national governing body of the sport.
In time, a mezzanine floor in the new Brough facility will also provide a viewing platform and coffee shop, while long-term plans include adding an on-site Rising Stars Pre School and Nursery, which has proved a huge success in Willerby.
Caroline says she also hopes to establish the new Brough centre as a home of boys’ competitive gymnastics classes and parkour.
“We are one of the only clubs in Hull and the surrounding villages to provide the full range of boys-specific apparatus including a ring frame, pommel horse, parallel bars and horizontal high bar along with a 14m x 14m sprung floor and vaulting platforms,” she said.
“We want to encourage more boys to take part in competitive gymnastics and parkour, and key to doing that is providing the right equipment and specific training.
“In time the plan is to also add the pre-school and nursery in Brough, as we have in Willerby, as we feel this gives us a unique ability to provide a holistic approach to childcare.
“We are able to marry both physical development and mental well-being to help our children learn to thrive by offering a range of daily pre-school classes including soft play, gymnastics, trampoline and dance, helping children create a solid foundation of movement and activity, which will be carried with them throughout the rest of their lives.
“Our vision is to equip children with the life skills of managing emotions, forming positive relationships, feeling good about whom they are and being resilient, and this is what the Brough facility will offer to the local community.”