Gymnasts and coaches at the North Devon Display Gymnastics Club were delighted to welcome Jeremy Bell to their new centre at the Caddsdown Industrial Park in Bideford.

Mr Bell was there on behalf of the Co-operative Community Fund to present a cheque to coach Zoe Smale for £1,000.

The money will be used to buy a specialised “pit mat.” Similar to those used for landing in high jump competitions, it will significantly reduced impact on landing and can be used in all aspects of gymnastics.

Since opening at its new venue in February, membership of the club has increased significantly and the new mat will be a welcome addition to the large array of equipment available for use in the gym, said Zoe.

Classes in all types of gymnastics are now available from pre-school up to and including adults. For information call 01237 475131 or e-mail nddgymclub@yahoo.co.uk