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Gymnastics club secures builder’s cash for new equipment

Posted onPosted on 18th Jun

A gymnastics club has received a £1,000 boost from one of the country’s housebuilders.

Sherwood Oaks Gymnastics Academy will purchase equipment for its new training centre in Sutton.

The junior club was handed the donation from Persimmon Homes Nottingham as part of the housebuilder’s re-launched Building Futures campaign, which runs until August.

Building Futures will deliver more than £1m to good causes this year.

Zoe McDonald, a trustee of Sherwood Oaks Gymnastics Academy, said: “This is wonderful news for the club and our members. After eight years of renting space in leisure clubs, schools and a cricket club, where we have had to set up and pack away after classes, we finally have our own dedicated venue.

“Our members come from Derbyshire, South Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire and we provide a range of classes to suit all abilities and ages. Our focus is on providing our loyal gymnasts and future members with the equipment they deserve, and Persimmon Homes’ donation is helping to make this possible.”

Building Futures aims to support community groups working with under-18s across three categories – education & arts, health and sport.

A total of 128 grants of £1,000 will be awarded across Persimmon’s 31 regional businesses, as well as Persimmon Plc, to improve local facilities and the delivery of vital community projects.

Three initiatives will go on to win £100,000 each through a national online public vote. The winners will be named at a finalists’ gala dinner in November.

In each sector – education and arts, health and sport – as well as the £100,000 first prize, there will be a £50,000 second prize and a £20,000 third prize, while a further 87 shortlisted projects will each receive £5,000.

Neil Follows, managing director at Persimmon Homes Nottingham, said: “Building Futures is all about helping and supporting the younger generation.  We are very happy to support Sherwood Oaks Gymnastics Academy as they settle into their new home.”

“We’re accepting entries to our Building Futures scheme until mid-August, so we’d urge more people to apply by visiting