Gymnastics Factory is a family-run centre set up in 2005 to offer recreational gymnastics classes for all ages from babies to adults!
We believe gymnastics is more than just forward rolls and cartwheels. It is the excitement of a new skill, building confidence in what your body can achieve and most of all - having fun.
Creativity and variety is one of our passions. We are lucky to have a huge 7,000ft purpose-built space filled with quality equipment and training aids so we can vary the set-ups and offer fresh and exciting lessons.
Our Gymnastics Factory Reward scheme offers stickers, certificates and badges to keep gymnasts motivated and challenged at their own pace.
Performance is a key part of gymnastics and each year we hold an optional Gymnastics Festival giving children the chance to perform to an audience. The gymnasts are made to feel really special and the GF Team love getting together for a day of feel-good fun too!
Our ethos of providing a friendly, safe and encouraging environment to explore the exciting world of gymnastics, is built upon the energy, expert knowledge and experience of the directors and our fantastic GF team.
We hope you enjoy being a part of Gymnastics Factory as much as we do!
The family bit
Husband and wife team Ralph and Tricia Hackman were co-founders of the business. They got involved in gymnastics more than 30 years ago when their daughters Kirstie and Kelly took up the sport.
Son-in-law Simon Rawlings is the GF Technical Director and was key to setting up the progressive gymnastics programme at GF. Simon was a Great Britain Tumbler, European medallist and former British Champion. He can be found in the gym most evenings coaching or mentoring.
Simon's wife Kelly (GF Club Development Manager) was a Great Britain gymnast, A Commonwealth Silver team medallist and Sydney 2000 Olympian. Kelly works on developing the club and teaches in some of our pre-school gym classes. Kelly and Simon are parents to two busy little gym nuts!
Kirstie (GF Welfare officer) was a Regional level gymnast winning many medals before moving on to coaching and judging young elite gymnasts. Kirstie now works in education and is also a mummy to two gym bugs!