A new gym for children will open next month, it has been revealed today.
The Little Gym will open in the LNER Community Stadium on 12 April – four years after it was first planned.
YorkMix first revealed the plans last year. It will offer a programme of gymnastics classes “designed to build the bodies, brains, and life skills” of children from 4 months to 12 years old.
The Little Gym York is the brainchild of Kate Henebury. She heads the experienced team behind The Little Gyms of Harrogate and Leeds, which welcome more than 1,000 families every week.
Stalled first by the delays to the stadium opening, and then by the pandemic, Kate is delighted that the facility is finally ready to open.
“Following on from the extraordinarily difficult year our children and families have experienced, now more than ever we need to support families and help local children meet important physical, social and emotional milestones,” Kate said.
“The Little Gym York is a safe space in which children can experience a sense of freedom to play and learn.
A place where they can interact with other children, explore at their own pace, learn, take risks, be challenged and be allowed to fail.”
Refused to give up
It’s been a long journey.
“After working with York Council for four long years on the Stadium project, followed by delays caused by Covid-19, we’re thrilled to finally open our doors for local families.
“We were determined to bring our programme to the children of York, we refused to give up!”
Teachers trained in physical literacy, gymnastics coaching and child development will host a range of classes. The Little Gym York will also offer holiday camps for children from 3-12 years, and birthday parties for children aged 1-12 years.
Spaces are now available to be booked at the Little Gym York.
It is offering a discounted membership for families that join before 12th April. Further information and class schedules can be found at the website.