Manchester Academy of Gymnastics (MAG) is a world-class gymnastics and boxing centre in Salford that provides paid and subsidized coaching for all with a focus for local and disadvantaged young people in our community.
It was founded in 2018 by Maxine Grech. Being from a humble background, she understood how difficult it can be for some communities to access high-quality fitness and leisure facilities within the city.
Before lockdown, our club had over 1200 members a week using the facility and become a self-sustaining charity, with paid classes covering the costs of our subsidized programmes. But months of closure have left us without funds to sustain our facility or our classes.
Our landlord initially did not pressure us for immediate payments on our facility cost in the early stages of lockdown, but is now pursuing us for the full amount for the whole period of closure to date and will not accept a payment plan or revised terms to enable the Academy to operate.
We desperately need your help to save our gym so that we can continue to provide vital services to our local and wider community.
We operate a large variety of classes for all that start at parent and toddler, to preschool, onto recreation, performance, schools, university and adults.
We are extremely proud of our performance gymnastics programme with our Olympic gymnast in training and achieving National titles and the development of up and coming junior gymnasts selected for the GB Pathway. With the huge success of our performance programme, we work with Salford Community Lesuire as a talent pathway partner and providing additional support on events, coach mentoring and boosting the sport within our community.
Even though we are amazed by the achievement attained by our gymnasts and coaching team, we believe our primary focus is to coach the child, not just the sport. We endeavour to create an environment that sees children flourish and develop skills and attributes that enable them to be successful in life.
We also provide classes in Boxing for children, women, general fitness and at a competitive level, delivered by local World Champion Boxer, Steve Foster Junior. Steve is acutely aware of the difficulties facing the youth and families in Salford with close ties to the local community and is an inspirational figure to many and highly regarded.
Support and provision of free space are given to the local fibromyalgia group that enables weekly fitness classes to take place within the Academy after initial funding ceased.
Our vision is to raise funds that can help with the associated running cost through the lockdown periods and ensure the long term survival of the Academy. Due to the significant period of closure and the rebuilding of our programme it has caused an accumulated loss.
RETURN TO ACTIVITIES
The Academy reopened in late July following the Government guidelines with only 400 returning members to our programme. The coaching team and staff have done an incredible job of rebuilding the programme back up to 900 members in just 3 months and we're on course to hit our sustainable monthly target of 1200 members before the year-end but the second lockdown has caused uncertainty going forward. To alleviate such losses in the second lockdown we are running a host of online classes, activities and challenges to engage our community to keep them active. But we need your help and funds to continue our amazing journey.
We are now faced with a debt that has put us in an unsustainable financial position going forward. The funds we look to raise with your support will pay towards the debt and help secure our long term vision that was achieved pre-COVID.
A COMMUNITY ASSET THAT IS A BEACON FOR GYMNASTICS AND LEISURE ACTIVITIES IN SALFORD
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