Save Penzance Gym Club

by TEONA JELBERT in Penzance, Cornwall, United Kingdom

Total raised £24,126

raised so far



Save Penzance Gymnastics Club from closure after 50 years of delivering vital services to a community in desperate need.

by TEONA JELBERT in Penzance, Cornwall, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 29th February 2024 we'd raised £23,640 with 246 supporters in 44 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

 New stretch target

We will invest any extra money into securing a new building. Planning applications, surveyors, solicitors and sourcing new kit. 

Who are we?

We are Penzance Gymnastics Club. We have been delivering gymnastics in Penzance for over 50 years. 

Penzance Gymnastics Club has become a hub for over 500 families to come together and embrace physical activities. Our community of members spreads 40 miles. The club has become an institution for making so many new memories for people in the local area ….hearing new parents laughing with their babies, witnessing magical milestones and first footsteps, seeing grandparents playing with toddlers and each bringing out the best in each other. With Penzance being a deprived area, the gymnastics club is now the only place hosting parent & toddler sessions.

We have become known as a place to promote good health and wellbeing. We have enabled disadvantaged and distorted families to re-connect and play under supervision as well as educating parents on how to play and interact with their children.

We work with many schools who use our facilities for their PE lessons and we get such a buzz seeing over excited school children participate for the first time.

We run weekly adult classes and are recommended by local surgeries for somewhere that can reduce blood pressure and build confidence …some have even used us as a safe haven to escape from troubled home lives.

Our Club is run by a small team of special coaches who love creating an environment for families to thrive in. Our team promote healthy lifestyles, opportunities for supporting young people and building people up who they come into contact with. 

Our Landlord has recently increased our rent by 100% over the next 3 years. This increase will mean we can no longer afford our facility and with the lack of buildings available in our area, we would have nowhere permanent to go, meaning we would have to close our doors to a full community who use our services. 

We therefore, will use the raised money to fund our rent for the next year, biding us time to find an alternative venue to run our Club from.   


Why are we crowdfunding?

We are crowdfunding to allow our vital community services to continue in our current building. We are very fortunate to rent a purpose built gymnastics club with space for a community cafe and teen homework and social space. This has all been created by the team. The building was an empty shell 10 years ago, and now it is a fully operating community hub. 

We have a registered Charity attached to the club who fundraise for all the equipment we own in the Club. The Charity also help run events and competitions for the benefit of our members. 

Our Landlord has delivered an unexpected rental increase, increasing our rent by £40,000 a year. This figure is not something we as a club can absorb or offset onto our members and a crowd funder is our method of raising such funds. With our location being in the far South West of Cornwall, industrial units are few and far between, especially the size that we require to run a gymnastics club. Therefore a relocation is not currently an option but something we are working hard on achieving in the coming years. Raising £16,000 this year will allow us to meet the rental increase and bide us time to secure other options for 2025. 1704985975_screenshot_2024-01-11_at_15.11.55.png

How we’ll spend the money raised

We will spend the money raised by paying our rent and allowing our community hub to remain open for another year. Having the funds to pay for a years rent will allow us to focus vital time in securing a new premises for 2025 without the stress and pressure of losing our current building or even having to possibly close the club and causing families to loose their weekly hub. 



Community impact

Our Club is all about Community. We run classes for all the family to enjoy. We start daily with parents and toddler sessions, aimed at new parents to socialise and bond with their babies. We run sessions for preschoolers, school aged children from 5-16 and then we offer classes for adults. We have 2 pathways that our gymnasts follow: recreational, where they come for fun and enjoyment and attend once a week or we offer a competitive pathway where some of the children train 5 times a week and spend more time here with us than they do their own families. They represent the club at competitions in Cornwall as well as Nationwide. Most of these children volunteer in our Young Leader programme where they receive training and work alongside our coaches to gain skills transferable to any workplace. We also have a competitive adult programme where adults compete in competitions outside the county. 

Our facilities are also used by local fitness classes and Cheerleading Clubs, building the community network and supporting other local clubs. 

We deliver PE lessons daily for our local schools. We currently have 15 schools who bring their children to us to ensure their pupils receive quality gymnastics experiences to meet their curriculum needs. For many of these pupils it is the first time they get to experience gymnastics in such an engaging environment. 

We also open our cafe to the community daily, offering hot and cold drinks and freshly made cakes and snacks. Lots of grandparents use this facility whilst their grandchildren are training or even as a social venue. 

If we were forced to close, 500 local families would loose their social hub, 500 children would become less active causing more mental health problems for families to have to deal with. 

1704985664_screenshot_2024-01-11_at_15.03.26.pngHow you can play your part

There are four simple ways to help us reach our target, and make this project a reality.

1. Make a pledge. Don’t delay if you’re going to support us because momentum is key to our success!

2. Spread the word. Share our project on your social media pages and tell the world to get behind us! The more people we reach, the more support we will get.

3. Offer rewards. Get involved if you are a local business by donating things we can offer to our supporters. We will give you a shout out!

4. Fundraise for us. If you want to run your own fundraiser – maybe a sponsored activity or similar – use the 'contact project' button at the top of our page to let us know. Setting up your own page only takes a few minutes and you won’t need any bank details. Just a fun idea!


This project offered rewards

£5 or more

Tide leotards

Tide leotards are offering £5 off any leotard from any collection.

£10 or more

Children's self defence

Sennen and Marazion Karate Club have donated a trial session for any child over 4 yrs old to show their skills in a fun self defence environment. You can choose to either attend the session at Sennen Karate club or Marazion.

£20 or more

Handmade memory bear

Lauren hand makes personalised memory bears from old baby blankets, items of clothing or your favourite material. A special keepsake.

£80 or more

4 hours garden maintenance

Ben and Amy will come and prepare your garden for spring with their gardening services. No garden too big or small. Mowing, weeding, clearances, flower beds or ideas to re-design the garden.

£20 or more

Coffee and Cake for 2

By pledging £20 you will be entered into a draw for coffee and cake at PZGC cafe for two people.

£20 or more

Beauty with Sierra

Be treated by Sierra for a free brow wax & tint. Check out @beautywithsierra for more information and details

£20 or more

Beach fitness with Milly

Come and get fit on the beach with Milly. Fun, fitness and fresh air.

£20 or more

£20 box of treats from Ausel Cakes & Catering

Louise will bake you a variety box of 10 yummy treats for you to share or self indulge.

£30 or more

Free Family fun session

By pledging £30 you will be entered into a draw to win a free family fun session for up to 6 people.

£30 or more

Lands End Airport tour and cafe experience for 2

Lands end Airport have kindly donated a tour of the Airport including visiting the Air Traffic Control tower, Fire Station, Aircraft pilot seat experience plus hot drinks and cake afterwards in their Wolf Rocks Cafe. Perfect treat for the children over half term.

£35 or more

Special gel nails

Steph has donated a super set of gel polish nails.

£40 or more

Celebration Cake

Charlotte from 'The Bomb' bakery will create you the most wonderful celebration cake for any occasion.

£50 or more

1-1 coaching session

By pledging £50 you will be entered into a draw to win a 1 hour 1-1 coaching session with a gymnastics coach at the Club.

£50 or more

Free Holiday Club session

By pledging £50 you will be entered into a draw to win a free full days holiday club session during a school holiday of your choice during 2023/2024 term dates for 1 child.

£50 or more

3 hour home clean

Jo will come to your home and provide a professional spring clean a specific area, room or as much as she can within 3 hours.

£50 or more

£50 All Points West embroidered workwear reward

Simon from All Points West has offered a £50 workwear voucher for any local business to have personalised embroidery on any item of workwear.

£80 or more

Winter date night!

Fancy a cosy night in? Lands End hotel have provided a Winter B&B voucher. Valid from 1st October next year until 31st March 2025.

£100 or more

The Ugly Butterfly, Carbis Bay

The Adam Handling group would like to offer a tasting menu for 2 at the Ugly Butterfly Restaurant in Carbis bay. Treat yourself and one other this elite restaurant experience at a bargain price.

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