We’re still open for practice, says gym club

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A St Helens gymnastics club with a similar name to a now-defunct organisation has insisted it is still open for business.

The Merseyside Rhythmic Gymnastics Club has been based in the borough for more than three decades.

But numbers at its regular Friday evening practice session slumped following an article in the Reporter about the St Helens Rhythmic Gymnastics Club’s demise.

Despite the similar names - and both clubs being based at Sutton Leisure Centre - there is no connection between the two groups and the Merseyside club is still going strong.

Club spokeswoman Pauline Wilson said: “We have an ethos that promotes gymnastics to people of all abilities and would like to emphasise that our club has no links to the mentioned in the Reporter article on September 24.

“We are a not for profit organisation and a voluntary club. Our doors remain open as usual.”

The club has been running for more than 30 years and meets at Sutton Leisure Centre every Friday evening.

Their recreational class runs from 6pm-7.30pm every week.

The St Helens Rhythmic Gymnastics Club had trained youngsters in the borough for more than 30 years before closing its doors.

Parents told the St Helens Reporter tensions existed within the club’s hierarchy but have insisted they had no inkling the group would 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.”