A GYMNASTICS club which could provide a springboard for future champions has officially moved into a new home, with the help of an existing Olympic medallist from the region.

Amy Tinkler, who took an individual bronze in the 2016 Rio games, cut the ribbon to herald Derwent Valley Gymnastics Club’s move into bespoke new accommodation, in Consett.

An 8,500sq ft unit on the Number One Industrial Estate is the new base for the club, which spent the first four years of its existence based in Consett’s Belle Vue Leisure Centre.

But the rapid growth of the club, with now about 300 members from across County Durham and Tynesdide, left it seeking its own dedicated venue.

The vacant unit was identified, and after making the move, there has been a hectic fortnight-long fitting out with equipment for all gymnastic disciplines.

Senior coach Stephanie Thevison said: “It’s been a bit stressful over Christmas, but with everyone’s help we got it done in time.

“Having purpose-built facilities allows us to open seven-days a week and cater for members aged from 18-months to the oldest, aged 52.”

Although the star guest, from Bishop Auckland, is recovering from ankle surgery, she was able to perform a short routine and help offer coaching tips to some of the aspiring gymnasts.

She was joined by another British squad member, Lana Chilton, from the City of Newcastle club.

Although there is a waiting list for the club, when spaces become available would-be gymnasts are given a free trial to see if it is for them.

Further details are available on the club’s website, Instagram and Facebook sites.