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Deeside Gymnastics Club was founded in 1974 by Ernie Cookson. 

The story of Deeside Gymnastics Club began when Ernie and his team of gymnasts and trampolinists were invited to perform at the opening ceremony of the Deeside Leisure Centre in 1973, when The Duke of Edinburgh came to officially open the Centre.

Over the years Deeside Gymnastics has produced North Wales, Welsh, British, World Age Group and European Medalists in various disciplines including Women's Artistic, Sports Acrobatics and Tumbling Gymnastics.


After many years of training in the leisure centre's sports hall the club finally secured premises to open its own dedicated facility.  In July 2017, the doors were opened to our new home and we officially became 'Deeside Gymnastics Academy'.

As the pandemic hit in March 2020 we closed our doors and began to train our gymnasts via zoom calls. Being based at the Deeside Leisure Centre we soon found out that our gym would become a rainbow hospital. We had to empty our unit and put all our equipment in storage. 

As devastated as we were to lose our home, we knew it was for a great cause and were really happy to help our community. The search for a new premises quickly began and later in the year we secured a 16,000sqft unit on the aviation park at Airbus in Broughton.

Our coaches and fundraising team worked extremely hard to raise money and began to get our new building ready. We trained our competitive gymnasts in a small temporary unit on Queensferry industrial estate for 10 months in between lockdowns. After over a year of hard work and dedication from everyone involved, we finally opened our new gymnastics centre in June 2021. 

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