Saltaire Gym Club runs classes both for enjoyment and participation in our recreational classes and also for performance and competition in our development and competition squads. Gymnasts who attend the recreational classes focus on more general gymnastic skills and work towards the Proficiency Awards, whereas the competition gymnasts specialise and train in Sports Acrobatics and Tumbling. We accept gymnasts from the age of 4, with gymnasts continuing to train up to adulthood. We are open to all and will accept everyone provided we have a place in an appropriate class.
Saltaire Gym Club Ltd is a non-profit making organisation that is run for the benefit of the gymnasts. Therefore the club relies on many people giving up their time, including coaches, the Club Management Committee, parents and the gymnasts themselves, and any additional support you feel you could give would always be thankfully recieved.
Saltaire Gym Club has one of the longest histories of any gymnastics club in the country, being the first club in the UK to train in Sports Acrobatics.
Saltaire Gym Club was set up as Saltaire Ladies Gymnastics Club in 1929 by Carrie Pollard, who was an Olympic gymnast herself. The club ran sessions in Womens Artistic Gymnastics from Victoria Hall in Saltaire, West Yorkshire. During the 1940s, several of our gymnasts represented Great Britain in the Olympic Games.
A notable member of the club was Jill Livingstone, previously Coulton, who ran Saltaire Ladies Gymnastics Club for more than 20 years. She was the daughter of founder Carrie Pollard and also competed in the Olympics. In the 1970s, Jill helped introduce Sports Acrobatics into the UK and formed the first acro squad from members of Saltaire Ladies Gymnastics Club, who took the name Acro1.
In the 1980s, the entire club switched to Sports Acrobatics, decided to change it's name to Saltaire Gym Club and also moved to Windhill. Finally, the club moved to Baildon C of E Primary School, near Shipley, where we continue to train today, competing in Regional and National competitions and displays and producing several British champions. We are in the process of looking for permanent premises to enable us to offer more classes and have use of a fitted competition floor and tumble track.