Equipment used during the Olympic Games has come to North Devon for the benefit of local gymnasts.
The new Falcons Community Sports Centre in Barnstaple has secured equipment such as parallel bars, vaults and uneven bars that were used at the North Greenwich Arena as part of the Olympics Games.
The equipment will be based at the new headquarters of the Falcons Gymnastic Academy at Seven Brethren, which opens later this month.
Head coach of the Falcons Gymnastic Academy Mike Beagley, said: “I am delighted that this equipment has been secured to help kit out the new facility. Not only does it mean that our members will get the latest gymnastics equipment to practice on, but the fact that they’ve been used for the London 2012 Games will be inspirational to our members, helping them to follow their own dreams.”
The new Falcons facility has been built on part of the Tarka Tennis Centre site, which is owned by North Devon Council.
As well as leasing the land to Falcons Community Sports Centre, the council has also helped fund the £1 million project, along with Devon County Council, British Gymnastics and the Fullabrook Wind Farm Community Interest Company. The equipment manufacturers allowed the sports centre to purchase the equipment from them following the Olympic Games as part of the project.
North devon District Councils executive member for culture, Councillor Derrick Spear, said: “When the Falcons’ new base opens, I believe it will further enhance the existing Tarka Tennis Centre, making the area a real hub of sporting excellence. The Olympic Games equipment has already arrived on site, with many of the items carrying London 2012 logos. So, I hope this will also act as a great visual reminder to our young gymnasts that they too can aspire to become future Team GB stars.”
Falcons Gymnastics is now preparing for its official opening on Friday, August 31, with an open weekend to the general public on September 1 and 2, from 10am to 4pm.