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Club History

Jack Boydle founded the Club in 1973, with extremely humble beginnings.  Our first classes were held in the school gymnasium at Ashlyns School, with the only equipment available being a few mats.  Despite the lack of apparatus the classes were eagerly attended by local children.  The Club was officially open by the Senior National Coach of the time and former British Champion, Nick Stuart MBE.  As time went on our membership continued to increase.
In February 1979, Geoffrey Tucker won gold at the Eastern Counties Novice U13's competition, the first of many to be won by Berkhamsted Gymnasts in the coming years.
In 1989, after many years of planning, years of fund raising and a small grant from the Sports Coun­cil, the Club was able to spend the time and money to con­vert the old Grade 2 listed coal cellar on Ash­lyns school's grounds into our per­ma­nently fit­ted gym­nas­tics facil­ity, allowing us to amal­ga­mate our two sides - the classes of Hemel and Berkham­sted - into one. In Jan­u­ary 1990, once the internal renovation works had been completed we finally moved into our new premises, eager to improve the availability of classes and the standard of gymnastics.  Wanting to increase the footprint of the gym, we continued to fundraise and man­aged to increase the train­ing space by placing a roof­ over one of the courtyards allowing us to use the space as a warmup room, working space for bal­let lessons and indoor toi­lets, giv­ing us the facilities we have now.  
With the mix of its own gym­na­sium and new equip­ment, BGC  gym­nasts managed to per­form well in Hert­ford­shire and the East­ern Coun­ties competitions, winning medals and qualifying for Regional and National events. Many past gym­nasts, have rep­re­sented BGC in both the Hert­ford­shire County Squad and the Eastern Region Regional Squads.  All our gymnasts, competitive and recreational, have been a credit to BGC.
As our membership numbers grew, new classes were added at other venues includ­ing Daco­rum Sports Cen­tre, Hemel Hemp­stead and Cavendish Schools, allowing as many chil­dren as pos­si­ble in Hert­ford­shire to participate in the wonderful sport of gymnastics. At the same time, strong links with gym­nas­tics clubs in our twin towns of Neu-Isenburg (near Frank­furt, Ger­many) and Oak Har­bour (in Seat­tle, USA) were made, allowing our members the opportunity to travel abroad and participate in international com­pe­ti­tions.


 See what our facilities looks like now: The Facility