Deerness Gymnastics Academy to Jump For Pudsey

Posted on: November 2nd, 2016 by Debbie No Comments

Deerness Gymnastics Academy is taking on the “Jump for Pudsey Challenge” this weekend (Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 November) as the successful gymnastics club teams up with British Gymnastics to raise money for Children in Need.

Aimed at encouraging the nation to get active and raise money for BBC Children in Need, the ‘Jump for Pudsey Challenge’ will see gymnasts leaping, hopping, jumping and bouncing their way to draw attention to this great charity and help raise money to fund projects for disadvantaged children and young people right across the UK.

On Saturday 5 and Sunday 6, November between 9am and 11am Pudsey will be visiting the Academy in Ushaw Moor, Durham joining in the recreational classes and taking part in jumping challenges with the gymnasts, which include World, European and British acrobatic gymnastic champions.

This year the BBC Children in Need ‘Do Your Thing’ fundraising campaign is encouraging everyone to get involved and fundraise by turning their thing, whether that’s a passion, hobby or fear, into an amazing fundraiser for the Charity.

“I think the Jump for Pudsey campaign is a brilliant idea from British Gymnastics, and Deerness Gymnastics academy is very proud to be able to support it,” said Katie Lawton, high-performance gymnastics coach at Deerness Gymnastics Academy. “It’s great to have a campaign that not only raises money for such an incredible charity but also help people keep fit whilst having fun. We are looking forward to welcoming Pudsey to Deerness Gymnastics Academy this weekend and our gymnasts are very excited about jumping with Pudsey.”

Matt Baker, who himself is a former Deerness gymnast and the club’s patron, is urging everyone to get involved with Do Your Thing. He says: “BBC Children in Need is back! This year we want everyone to get involved, Do Your Thing and get fundraising … Whatever you do, your support can help change the lives of thousands of youngsters right here in the UK.”

Deerness Gymnastics Academy is a charity based in County Durham which has Matt Baker as its patron. It has become one of Britain’s top gymnastics clubs over the past twenty-five years, with over 100 international gymnasts with more than seventy World and European medallists, including 15 World and European Champions in its roll of honour. It is not only one of the most successful clubs in Great Britain but it is also recognised on the International scene as one of the top clubs in the world.

Gymnastics coaching in acrobatics, tumbling and trampolining are available to all ages from novice to elite level. Recreational classes are available for children from 3 years and baby gym sessions take place every weekday.

Deerness Gymnastics Academy is itself a charitable organisation. Five years ago the club faced closure, but the hard work and commitment that the volunteers, families and friends of the gymnasts, put in to keep the club open by taking over the daunting task of running of the Leisure Centre as well as the club, has resulted in Deerness Gymnastics Academy, located in Ushaw Moor, County Durham being able to provide many young people, just like Georgia, throughout Durham and the north east with the opportunity to improve their health and physical development, promote social and emotional skills as well as boost their confidence.


  • BBC Children in Need’s vision is that every child in the UK has a safe, happy and secure childhood and the chance to reach their potential. We will realise this vision by supporting, promoting and publicising work that addresses the challenges that children and young people face and work that build their skills and resilience.
  • The Charity is currently supporting 2,400 projects across the UK. These grants help children facing a range of disadvantages, for example, poverty and deprivation; children who have been the victims of abuse or neglect or disabled young people.
  • To date, the Great British public has raised £848 million for children and young people across the UK and is currently supporting 2,400 projects across the UK. In Durham, BBC Children in Need currently funds 26 projects to the value of over £1million.