Over 100 children from primary schools in Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge and West Kent will be hoping to springboard to success on Monday (23rd April). Next Dimension Gymnastic Academy (NDGA) in Longfield Road, Tunbridge Wells, will play host to the Key Steps gymnastic event, a qualifying competition for the Kent School Games Final.
In excess of 30,000 young people across the county and aged between four and 16 are taking part in the Kent School Games. The Key Steps gymnastic competition is part of a large programme of events delivered by the Tonbridge and West Kent School Sports Partnership.
There are 29 mixed teams of four taking part, from a number of local schools including St John’s, St James’ Junior School, Marden, Chiddingstone, Hever, St James’ Infants, Rusthall St Paul’s, Benenden, Bidborough and John Mayne. All gymnasts will be tested on three elements – body management, vault and floor. The event will be supported by trained sports leaders from Weald of Kent Grammar School and Tonbridge Grammar School, who will assist with judging and marshaling.
Jo Heath, School Games Organiser for Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge and West Kent, said: “Key Steps has been delivered locally for a number of years but this will be the first time that schools from this area will be competing in a gymnastics-specific venue. It is fantastic that local children now have the opportunity to perform at NDGA, especially since the facilities at the academy are so professional.”
Trophies will be presented to the top teams in each age group and all participants will receive a Kent School Games certificate. The final will be at Maidstone Leisure Centre on 1st June.
Holly Freeman, Head Coach at NDGA, said: “We’re keen to get involved in helping young people discover and pursue an interest in gymnastics however we can, so we’re delighted to be able to host this competition to support the Kent School Games.”
For more information about the Kent School Games, visit www.kentschoolgames.com and for more on the NDGA call 01892 550530 or visit www.ndga-uk.com.