South Essex Gymnastics Club announces plans for new centre in Pitsea in 2018

SOUTH ESSEX GYMNASTICS CLUB are happy to announce it will open a second centre in Pitsea in 2018.

Facilities at the Eversley Leisure Centre, on Crest Avenue, will open in March and help tackle a waiting list of about 3,500 residents who want to make use of the club’s popular classes and facilities.

The new centre will have free parking and about 50 staff and will focus on recreational artistic gymnastics for boys and girls and gymnasts with special needs.

It will also host SEGC’s popular pre-school section and offer new trampoline classes for all members of the public.

The administration centre will remain at the club’s site at the Basildon Sporting Village but Eversley will have a reception area.

The plans were approved by Basildon Council on July 27 and you can read the local authority’s full press release below this article.

SEGC chairman Roy Short (pictured above fourth from the right, outside the centre) said: “The club has worked closely with Basildon Council and listened the Pitsea community to bring this project to fruition and we are delighted it has been approved.

“The move will help address a pressing need to use the club’s facilities for those on our waiting list who are currently having to wait more than two years for a place, and we hope this will be welcome news for them.

“Feedback from the public consultation showed gymnastics is a popular activity and there is a need for opportunities to be active in Pitsea. We look forward to working closely with that community on those aims.”

Eversley Leisure Centre currently has a community a sports hall and a gym, is home to four badminton courts and caters for five-a-side football, short tennis, basketball and netball.

South Essex Gymnastics Club originally moved into a £300,000 bespoke venue off Cranes Farm Road in 1992.

In 2011 the club moved into the brand new facilities at the Basildon Sporting Village, where it has hosted international competitions and was a training venue for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The club caters for gymnasts of all ages and abilities from grassroots level to elite. It boasts a number of international standard athletes, including British Olympic medallists Max Whitlock and Amy Tinkler, who work under the guidance of Director of Coaching Scott Hann.


Plans to develop the main sports hall at Pitsea’s Eversley Leisure Centre and install a full size 3G synthetic turf pitch were approved by Basildon Council’s policy and resources committee last night (Thursday 27 July).

The developments are expected to cost in the region of £800,000 including a funding contribution of £230,000 from South Essex Gymnastics Club (SEGC).

Eversley Leisure Centre has undergone a number of improvements in recent years in order to meet increasing demand for the fitness suite.

The sports hall is currently under used and the plans will create an opportunity to increase participation in gymnastics.

The council will work closely with SLM, who run the centre and SEGC in order to address the high demand from individuals who want to take up gymnastics. SEGC already run a highly popular gymnastics centre, which has produced Olympic double gold medallist Max Whitlock and other international gymnasts.

Cllr Gavin Callaghan, Basildon Council’s chairman of the policy and resources committee, said: “These developments at Eversley will create opportunities for those who want to take part in gymnastics and other sports locally. It is vital that the council invests in Pitsea, an area with a thriving community and a hotbed for sport in our borough.

“The gymnastics college has agreed to prioritise membership to local residents which would be a positive step in tackling health inequalities in the area and also to giving young people a real extracurricular activity to engage in in their hometown of Pitsea.”

The plans follow the Live Well Pitsea health and wellbeing consultation exercise with local residents.

Residents were asked a number of health and wellbeing questions including how they would rate their level of support for the development of a purpose built gymnastics facility and 3G pitch, how often they would use the facilities and how much they would be willing to pay to use them.

97.4 per cent of respondents said they either support or strongly support the development of purpose built gymnastics facility and 46.6% of those consulted would use the facility. 96.2 per cent of respondents either supported of strongly supported the construction of a 3G pitch.