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London 2012 to benefit North Devon gymnasts

[Monday 20 August 2012]

Photo - Falcons head coach Mike Beagley with a vault top from the London 2012 Olympic Games

Just one week after the London 2012 Olympics Games closed, and already Falcons Community Sports Centre in North Devon has secured some of the Games' gymnastics equipment, ready to benefit stars of the future!

The equipment, such as parallel bars, vaults and uneven bars, were used at the North Greenwich Arena as part of the Olympics Games. However, they will now be based at the new headquarters of the Falcons Gymnastic Academy in Seven Brethren, which opens later this month.

Head coach of the Falcons Gymnastic Academy, Mike Beagley, says: "I am delighted that this equipment has been secured to help kit out the new facility. Not only does it mean that our members will get the latest gymnastics equipment to practise on, but the fact that they've been used for the London 2012 Games will be inspirational to our members, helping them to follow their own dreams."

The new facility has been built on part of the Tarka Tennis Centre site, which is owned by North Devon Council. As well as leasing the land to Falcons Community Sports Centre , the council has also helped fund the £1 million project, along with Devon County Council, British Gymnastics and Fullabrook Wind Farm Community Interest Company. Meanwhile, the equipment manufacturers allowed the sports centre to purchase the equipment from them following the Games, as part of the project.

Executive Member for Culture, Councillor Derrick Spear, says: "When the Falcons' new base opens, I believe it will further enhance the existing Tarka Tennis Centre, making the area a real hub of sporting excellence. The Olympic Games equipment has already arrived on site, with many of the items carrying London 2012 logos. So, I hope this will also act as a great visual reminder to our young gymnasts that they too can aspire to become future Team GB stars."

Falcons Gymnastics is now preparing for its official opening on Friday 31 August, with an open weekend to the general public on 1 and 2 September, 10am to 4pm. Further details on this will be released closer to the time.

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