CLYDEBANK’S Dynamite Gymnastics Club is looking at new ways to keep its young gymnasts supported both physically and mentally during lockdown.

The multi-award-winning gymnastics club usually offers its 600 members classes from tumbling to acrobatics to trampoline on a weekly basis.

However, with lockdown now in full flow, the club’s leaders have had to come up with inventive ways to keep its young gymnastics hopefuls occupied.

Julie Wilson, director of Dynamite Gymnastics Club, told the Post: “The kids are understandably upset and it’s big change in their life with schools also shutting.

“However, I’m impressed with their mature understanding of the need for these measures and their determination to make best of these circumstances.

“Our primary concern is always for the health and well-being of our members and so I put plans in straight away for things they could do to keep them busy, active and involved.

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“I have ongoing worries about the long-term effects this will have on the club and its staff, but we’ve been overwhelmed with the positive support from our members and our governing body.”

Dynamite’s head of performance and development, Ellena Devitt, has put together a weekly schedule supported by other coaches in the club, which includes activities to maintain fitness, flexibility and basic skills at home.

Julie added: “It is a concern that our gymnasts’ mental health will be affected by these changes – not being able to see their coaches and friends alongside reduced exercise outlets could have a big effect.

“We are trying to give them new goals to work towards and many of the competitive gymnasts are doing group Facetime sessions to help support each other.

“It’s great to see all our members at all stages and levels using social media. We are still advocating our social media policies for safe and monitored usage.”

And for those struggling with the effects of the lockdown, Julie added: “We used this quote last week on our social media pages –‘I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination’.”

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