Tumble, the BBC’s new Saturday night entertainment programme where celebrities take part in a gymnastic competition, is prompting a surge of interest in the sport, according to Chantelle Harman, Operations Manager of the Next Dimension Gymnastic Academy (NDGA) in Tunbridge Wells.
Chantelle says: “Following England’s success in the Commonwealth Games, and the BBC’s popular Tumble show, there has been a noticeable surge in enquiries about joining our weekly adult class, which is perfect for both complete beginners and returning gymnasts.”
This summer’s Commonwealth Games saw England top the medals table, with 16-year-old gymnast Claudia Fragapane also winning four gold medals, the first Englishwoman for 84 years to do so. The BBC Tumble programme features Olympian Louis Smith as a judge, and Girls Aloud star Sarah Harding, Steps singer Ian ‘H’ Watkins and TOWIE star Lucy Mecklenburgh as contestants.
Chantelle continues: “Since the BBC Tumble programme was broadcast, more and more people have had the opportunity to see and engage with gymnastic sport. The celebrities aren’t your typical gymnasts and I think this has inspired people and made them want to participate in the sport.”
British Gymnastics Chief Executive Officer, Jane Allen, agrees. She says: “This is an exciting opportunity for our sport that will enable people to view gymnastics in a whole new entertainment light. It’s been rewarding for British Gymnastics to work with the BBC in providing technical support and we’re all looking forward to seeing the star cast enjoy the challenges of our sport.”
BBC Commissioning Executive, Rachel Ashdown says: “These celebrities are combining aeriel, acrobatic and gymnastic skills to deliver breath-taking performances that you’d expect from the department that also produces Strictly Come Dancing.”
The NDGA’s weekly class for adults takes place every Tuesday between 8.00pm-9.00pm. They will be supervised activity sessions designed to increase fitness and teach basic gymnastics skills.
The NDGA opened in 2011 and is a state-of-the-art £2million gymnastics facility conveniently located in Longfield Road, Tunbridge Wells. It delivers a safe, effective, professional gymnastics environment.
To book your place on the Tuesday class, please contact NDGA on 01892 550530.