COMMUNITY

Engaging with children and young people of all ages and backgrounds lies at the heart of VGA’s ethos. Our inclusion and
equality work remains as the foundation of our daily operations, and we wish to continue serving the many local
communities across South East and Central Wales through innovative and industry leading partnership working. Below
are some examples of the community work we so proud of:-

Community Engagement
Through partnership working with Street Games, local sport development units, various Leisure Trusts, FE and HE
institutes, Millennium Volunteers, Sport Wales and Welsh Gymnastics, we have been able to deliver some fantastic
community projects:-

  • Street Games Family Engagement sessions

  • Street Games Family Walking Groups

  • Street Games ‘Fit and Fed’ holiday hunger programmes

  • Blaenau Gwent Sole sisters (alternative facility / environment for community gymnastics delivery)

  • Free-running / Freestyle - following the Street Games principles

  • Cardiff MET Research Project - understanding teenage girls and physical activity in socially deprived areas

  • Tempo Time credits - encouraging individuals to get involved in our community based programmes in exchange for universal time credits which can be exchanged at VGA or other venues across South East Wales

  • Links to schools, colleges, universities, return-to-work schemes and student work experience placements

  • (volunteering/training opportunities)

Schools Gymnastics

We work with a number of primary and secondary across South East and Central Wales on a weekly basis. From ‘after school clubs’ to lunch time ‘taster sessions’, our aim is to provide gymnastics sessions to those pupils who might not normally have the chance to attend regular sessions within a club environment.


We also work with a number of special needs schools and Pupils Referral Units, ensuring accessible gymnastics sessions are available for all.


More recently we have added dedicated ‘home educated’ sessions within our Crumlin timetable, as well has hosting the local school gymnastics competitions.

"We offer both support and admiration for the Valleys Gymnastics Academy (VGA). We
have worked with the organisation and a number of it’s volunteers and officers for
some time, and are constantly impressed with their engagement, energy and most of
all their ability to make positive things happen for their members and the wider

community”

 

(Caro Wild, Street Games Wales)

CHARITY

VGA continuously donate to local and national charities. Some of these donations take place on a weekly / monthly basis, whereas others are annual events:-

  • Local food-bank ‘drives’

  • Collections on behalf of the Red Box Project

  • ‘Save the children’ Christmas Jumper Day

  • Annual activities for Children in Need

  • Sport Kit donations for a children’s home in Botswana

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