At VGA we recognise that gymnastics, like other sporting activities, provides fun-filled, hugely valuable life experiences for children, young people and adults. It is recognised that the creation of a positive environment where children and young people are protected from harm is critical to ensure the best possible outcomes for participants (both within and outside the sport) - at whatever level of participation. VGA has adopted and closely abides by the policies and guidelines of Welsh Gymnastics, British Gymnastics and Disability Sport Wales. We seek to go ‘above and beyond’ in terms of safeguarding and welfare - to ensure our members and their families that VGA always offered a high quality, safe and secure environment.
Our GOLD Disability Sport Wales InSport accreditation (matched by only a handful of Welsh Sports Clubs), British Gymnastics GymMark accreditation and Street Games Club Mark accreditation indeed confirm that we provide a ‘safe, effective and child friendly environment.’ In addition, in 2019 we won the British Gymnastics National Club Award and the British Gymnastics Equality and Diversity Award. These awards have never been won by a Welsh club previously, and we are confident that our accreditation and awards achieved over the past decade set us apart from other clubs. All of our staff and volunteers have received up-to-date Safeguarding and Protecting Children training and possess a clear enhanced DBS check and receive regular update and further development training to ensure that knowledge is as up-to-date as possible, e.g. Mental Health First Aid training, ASD Awareness training, De-fib training.
We recognise there may be times when parents and / or gymnasts, volunteers and coaches have questions or queries which they would like to discuss. In order to provide knowledgeable, experienced support the club has recruited and trained four Welfare Officers: Tracy Bound, Natalie Amphlett, Angharad Lucas and Marie Jarman. You may see our Officers around our venues - they may also be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org / 01495 248070
If you need to contact a welfare officer their contact details and photos are displayed below and in the gym. Alternatively, please just ask at reception should you wish to speak to Angharad, Tracey or Natalie immediately. Alternatively, you may discuss your concerns with the VGA Manager, Melissa Anderson.