Date: Tuesday and Thursday afternoons during termtime. You can choose between Tuesday and Thursday, or do both.
Venue: Six Ways Community Centre, Denton Green, Broxtowe, Nottingham, NG8 6GD.
Age range: 4 to 16 maximum; in reality the current age groups are more like 4 to 12. You don’t have to have done any gymnastics before.
Area: Broxtowe, on the 35 and 78 bus routes.
From the city centre, it’s about 3 miles, out north-west-ish through Aspley: towards Eastwood or Kimberley or Junction 26, but not that far. The gym club is about 300 metres from one of the entrances to Broxtowe Country Park.
Time: 1pm to 2pm, 2pm to 3pm, or do both hours.
The first hour is the “structured” session, 1pm to 2pm. The coaches guide people through doing specific activities.
The second hour is the “unstructured” session, 2pm to 3pm. The children decide for themselves what to practice, with the coaches on hand to keep an eye and to help if requested.
The Tuesday session and Thursday session both follow this format.
Parents and other children can wait in a sort of small café area with a window through to the gym. Or you can leave and do errands, as long as the club has your phone number.
Price: If you’re visiting, one hour £5, two hours £7.50, or if it’s your first time it may be free (ask at the club).
If you’re signing up long-term, you pay by the month. At current prices it works out £4.05 for one hour, down to £2.70 per hour if you went to all four hours. Prices page.
Booking: At the time of writing, both days are full up with a waiting list. You can contact the club on the morning of a session and find out if there’s a place that day because of someone missing it.
To get onto the waiting list, or sign up if a place becomes free, go to the NCGC sign-up page and look for where it says “Home Education Gymnastics”.
The club also runs children’s gym sessions in “after-school” hours, open to all. Most of those are at Six Ways; some are at the Portland Centre in West Bridgford.
(Photo is from the club’s web site – probably not a home ed child.)
Map showing the NCGC building, a.k.a. Six Ways Community Centre:
Buses: The 78 (Turquoise Line) and 35 (Orange Line) buses stop almost next to the club, at Coleby Road Top bus stop, and are fairly frequent. Both buses go into Nottingham City Centre via different routes; the 35 also connects with Bulwell to the north.
Parking: The club building has a small car park. It’s usually possible to park there.