TRAFFORD Community Leisure Trust has recently been hailed for its expanding gymnastics programme - which is available at its leisure centres.

Figures from British Gymnastics reveal the gymnastics programme operated in by the leisure trust is the largest run in the UK outside of London.

Daniel Newall, head of development for the leisure trust. said, “We see gymnastics and trampolining as an integral part of our leisure service delivery.

"We obviously provide a huge swimming and health and fitness offering but realise it’s important that the community can benefit from a wider sporting and physical activity package, which includes the provision of activities such as gymnastics and trampolining."

Around 1200 children are registered on the gymnastics and trampolining schemes that the trust runs, with plans for further development to increase the number.

The trampolining sessions are on offer at Altrincham, George H Carnall and Urmston Leisure Centre, with gymnastics sessions being held at Altrincham, George H Carnall, Urmston and Sale Leisure Centres as well as The Grammar, Altrincham. The schemes welcome a range of age groups and abilities from toddlers that have just started walking to elite display teams.

Sue Mason, who heads up the programme, has a rich background in both competing and coaching gymnastics. She competed for England and has on occasion coached the London 2012 Olympic silver medallist Louis Smith.

Sue said: “This is a fantastic achievement for Trafford and I am delighted to be a part of such a successful scheme.”

If you would like to get involved or just give it a go simply contact your local Trafford leisure centre.