It’s the summer which has put the great back into Great Britain.
And the nation’s astonishing success at the 2012 Olympics has encouraged budding Preston gymnasts young and old to try and emulate their heros.
Preston Gymnastics Club is today celebrating a major boost thanks to the record-breaking gold rush sparked by our athletes in London.
In just one night last week, bosses say 25 adults came to their first session.
And the club, which recently celebrated moving into its new top class gym, says many more are coming along to give gymnastics a go.
It comes after more good news for the club, after a £50,000 grant from the Olympic Legacy Fund allowed them to build a huge new dance studio which can be used by the community.
Charlotte Coles, gymnastics development officer at Preston Council, says the club now has more than 450 members.
She said: “Quite a lot has happened recently with the centre being opened, new funding coming through and the build of the new dance studios for community use.
“The club has now over 450 participants each week and (on Thursday night) the club had 25 new starters in one session in the adults freestyle class.”
The club trains at its purpose built 200sq ft gymnastics facility at Campbell Street, which has been designed to top Olympic specifications.
It officially opened last September but has now been completed following the opening of the dance studio.
Angie Linford, secretary of the club, said: “The club is doing amazingly.
“It has taken off so well and the Olympics has helped. I am there during the day and I must have had six or seven people turning up wanting classes for their children.”
Fundraising for the building started in 2010, at which time members of the club were training at West View, Fulwood and Ashton Leisure Centres, meaning the club’s membership had to be capped at 350.
Preston was one of the country’s only cities not to have its own purpose-built gymnasium.
For more information on the club, go to www.copgc.org.