Gym club builds confidence
Young people moving to the Matamata area have plenty to keep their minds and bodies busy.
One way is by getting involved in the Matamata Gym Club.
The group, which is based out of Headon Stadium for children aged 5-14, has been running in Matamata for 20 years, possibly longer.
Club treasurer Emma Harrison said Matamata Gym Club was a place for children to learn about gymnastics. ‘‘ We are a recreational club, so what that means is that we don’t send our kids to competitions but if they do want to get involved in that, there are other avenues for them to do so. Here we offer good, basic gym foundational skills.
‘‘We offer good conditioning and it’s a place that all kids can come and have a go. ‘‘It’s not super competitive.’’ The club is made up of students from a range of schools across the area, and parents and coaches add to what is already taught in schools. ‘‘Gym club gives them a chance to further their skills,’’ Emma says.
It is also a place for children to stay active while assisting with flexibility and strength.
‘‘I know my girls after a year of gym are always far more coordinated and they’re certainly stronger. Confidence is a big thing too. For a kid, flinging yourself around on the rings is actually a big deal and here they get the confidence to do it,’’ Emma says.
Lexi Handle on the parallel bars.