Over 100 Jump For Pudsey at Deerness Gymnastics Academy

Posted on: November 7th, 2016 by Debbie No Comments


Over 100 gymnasts from Deerness Gymnastics Academy took on the “Jump for Pudsey Challenge” this weekend as the successful gymnastics club teamed 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’ saw young 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.

Pudsey Bear visited 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.

Deerness Gymnastics Academy, in County Durham, has been one of the world’s leading clubs in acrobatic gymnastics for over 20 years and runs recreational gymnastic classes led by highly qualified and experienced coaches. The gymnastics sessions provide fundamental skills in gymnastics as well as developing self-confidence, coordination, balance and strength in children and young people as well as fun. Classes are available from just age 3.

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.

“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 had over 100 gymnasts jumping with Pudsey at Deerness Gymnastics Academy this weekend. All of the children and their parents were very excited about jumping with Pudsey to help raise funds for BBC Children in Need.”

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.