World Class lands new location
Published 9:30 pm Thursday, May 28, 2015
The first month after a big move has been good for World Class Gymnastics Too, the Suffolk gymnasium for World Class Gymnastics, an organization with another gym in Newport News.
For the last five years, World Class Gymnastics Too had been located at 1000 Bowen Parkway, but WCG had a new facility built at 5196 Nansemond Parkway and the migration there began at the end of April. A grand opening event was held on May 2.
“It went well,” said Nicole Marshall, manager and head coach at the Suffolk facility. “We had a good turnout.”
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She estimated 100 young gymnasts came with their parents to enjoy the free open gym.
Marshall said the gym equipment was mostly put together, but “we are still waiting for more equipment to arrive.”
Establishing the new location for its Suffolk gym had been the goal of World Class Gymnastics for a while as it rented the facility on Bowen Parkway. A major perk of the new location, which its predecessor lacked, is air conditioning.
In the first month of operation on Nansemond Parkway, “We definitely have better retention this time of year than in years past,” Marshall said.
World Class Gymnastics offers recreational gymnastics and tumbling classes for boys and girls that are 18 months and older. It also offers competitive team programs for girls 6 and older, along with open gym, birthday parties, parents’ night out and weekly summer programs.
The organization has enjoyed impressive success with all of its Junior Olympic teams at ability levels three through 10. The teams all finished in the top three at their respective ability levels at the state championships, and WCG competitors at levels eight and 10 took first place.
Through the Suffolk gym on Nansemond Parkway, “we’d definitely like to expand our team program,” Marshall said.
World Class Gymnastics has spent more than $30,000 on equipment additions and upgrades to help with team expansion and to enable local girls to train at higher levels than ever before.
Marshall said World Class Gymnastics Too will be getting about $7,000 worth of equipment this weekend, with much more on the way and arriving daily. Just this week, a new trampoline and bounce handstand trainer were delivered.
The gym will hold camps throughout the summer, and Marshall hopes the air conditioning will make those camps more of a viable option for those interested in participating.
World Class Gymnastics program registrations run year-around.