Rochdale Olympic Gymnastics Club was borne out of the
dedication and enthusiasm of many people back in 1973. It has grown to what is now one of the most respected gymnastics
clubs not only in the town but in the Greater Manchester County, the North West Region, and around the Country.
Collectively everyone involved was capable of running a club
and we could achieve something positive for the children. By the end of the first year we had a nucleus of children
who were showing enthusiasm for the sport.
only way forward was to join the British Amateur Gymnastics Association and Rochdale Olympic Gymnastics Club became fully
affiliated to the National Governing Body. Competition was always at the forefront of our minds and in the next few
years we started to show some success.
the standard of our gymnasts rose we were finding it more and more difficult to train in what was a very small gym in the
sports hall at Matthew Moss High School, so small in fact that in order to vault we had to run from inside a cupboard, and
even then we only had half a vault run up. With the number of gymnasts increasing within the club an improvement in
facilities was required.
Not long after we found a new home at Castleton Community Centre.
During this time our training was continuing at a great pace and more and more competition success was coming our way.
With the move to the new centre on the horizon we started to increase the number of gymnasts which necessitated increasing
our coaching hours to accommodate them. Luckily a number of parents over the years had offered their services as coaches,
administrators, a treasurer and helpers in various roles and the club was on a sound footing.
The next few years saw the midnight oil being burnt in order to raise the funding for what was the most ambitious
project that Rochdale Olympic Gymnastics Club had seen - a move to our very own space in the stables at Springfield Park.
An empty shell !!! Once again an army of parents rallied round, working their fingers to the bone. The building
was transformed. A massive effort by all concerned.
new building brought new impetus. The club was getting more popular, and we were catering for pre-school, recreational,
and elite gymnastics. From 50 pence a week the gymnasts paid in the early days the club was now having to be run more
as a business, expecially with all the extra equipment we needed to buy.
During the next few years the club went from strength to strength, at every A.G.M. we were
reporting increasing numbers, increase in coaches, and success at a higher level. Competition success has continued
with our gymnasts winning medals in County, Regional and National competitions. You will have noticed here that no names
of any of our committee, coaches or helpers who have volunteered their services over the years have yet been mentioned.
We could fill a book with the names of people that have helped make this club the outstanding success that it is to this very
We would, however, like to take this opportunity to thank them from the
bottom of our hearts for the hard work and dedication they have shown to the club and the gymnasts in their care over the
We now come to the future. We are looking into the possibility of somehow extending
the gym. This obviously has great financial implications but we feel that it is the next step in giving our members
the best possible chance in their chosen sport.
It is the aim of Rochdale Olympic
Gymnastics Club to ensure that every child is given the chance to reach their maximum potential in an environment based on
excellence, enjoyment and safety.
To provide the opportunity for every individual
with an interest or talent for gymnastics to be able to realise their full potential within the whole sport of Gymnastics,
whilst supporting and nurturing members, professional staff and volunteers in the provision of high quality services that
meet members expectations and constantly strive to improve against specified performance indicators.
We have a Recreational Beginners Class for Boys and Girls, and a Girls Squad training up to National Level.
We progress from Recreational Floor and Vault Competition to National 4 Piece Competition. Any boys showing any talent
or potential in our beginners classes are immediately referred to Bury Gymnastics Club to enhance their training.
Rochdale Olympic Gymnastics Club is a facility for anyone who has an interest in the sport of gymnastics. Boys,
Girls and Parents alike. Classes are held at all levels of interest and participation.
Club is run by a General Committee. The Club Committee invites all members and parents to attend their regular meetings.
Election of committee members is held in April of each year at the Annual General Meeting and parents are invited to vote.
The committee consists of parents, coaches, judges and volunteers.
The code of conduct in
operation must be adhered to at all times. This is to prevent injury enhance learning speed and prepare gymnasts for
their future in the sport and their future outside the facility. If parents have any comments or queries about their
child's abilities and development, they are fully encouraged to consult the coaches.
Every care is taken to provide the best environment possible to ensure rapid learning of
skills for each child present. The coaches are there to help the parents as much as the gymnasts in this complex sport.
Most of the coaches have full time jobs as well as working in the gym, and some of them work voluntary. So please show
some appreciation for their hard work by informing them of any anxieties you may have.
The aim of the club is to ensure that every gymnast achieves their maximum potential in the sport. In order
to achieve this, the coaches, gymnasts and parents must have the required standard of dedication.
The sport combines power, grace and expression - a hard combination to achieve. It is both mentally and physically
demanding. There are hundreds of skills to learn and perform, and new skills to be developed that have not yet been
achieved. There are rewards to be reaped from the sport. For example - self discipline, self esteem and confidence,
which will all become apparent in areas outside the sport.
All the coaches at R.O.G.C. would like to thank all club members for their continued support.
We cannot succeed without this help and it is much appreciated.