A St Helens sports club which has trained youngsters in the borough for more than 30 years has suddenly closed its doors.
The St Helens Rhythmic Gymnastics Club had a string of successes down the years and a number of its talented gymnastics were preparing for tournaments when the shock news was delivered.
Parents have told the St Helens Reporter tensions existed within the club’s hierarchy but have insisted they had no inkling the group was about to fold.
“There’s always going to be a bit of friction, I suppose that’s just human nature, but nobody expected this to happen,” said one parent, who asked not to be named.
“There’s a lot of very upset young girls. Some were getting ready for their next competition when we got this email out of the blue.”
The club was based at Sutton Leisure and held training sessions every week day. Before its untimely demise, the British Gymnastics-accredited club could boast that it trained gymnasts from novice to international level.
However, the Reporter understands a group of parents are set to hold a meeting to discuss the possibility of re-launching the club with a new management committee.
One mum added: “Girls dreams have been crushed by the closing of the club.
“Five girls in the troupe are due to compete in Walsall on October 5 to hopefully win a place in the British Rhythmic but messages and texts have been sent to the coaches with no replays.
“How can the committee get away with treating these dedicated gymnast in this way. We’re now going to see if the gym can be saved.”
A spokeswoman for the club’s former committee group declined to comment.