A local sports club is doing flips after landing local government funding.
The reps for RDNO’s electoral Areas B and C are providing the North Valley Gymnastics Society a grant of $17,250 for their larger facility on 31st Street.
Paul Williamson from the society says they appreciate the support.
“These funds will be used for projects needed to complete our facility, which will provide a safe and welcome atmosphere for our over 560 North Okanagan children and students that attend our gym on a weekly basis.”
“Ultimately, this is an investment in the happiness and healthiness of the children and youth in our area. We are happy to help the Society get closer to reaching their goal,” says Bob Fleming, Director, Electoral Area B. “Supporting the new gymnastics facility will allow the North Valley Gymnastics Club to offer comprehensive programming in a space that fits their needs.”
The society has been fundraising to create this facility for years, after running out of room at leased or rented facilities for over 20 years.
“We applaud the North Valley Gymnastics Society for their fundraising efforts and for their passion in bringing a new facility to life,” said Mike Macnabb, Director, Electoral Area C. “Having a wide variety of high-quality recreation and sporting options helps to strengthen our community and can cultivate a life-long commitment to health and wellness.”
The new facility will bring the club from a 5,700 sq. ft. space to a facility with 8,500 sq. ft. which now includes a larger main gym, a pre-school gym, a viewing area for parents or birthday parties, and an office.
“We are so grateful to have this support from the RDNO”, said Robin Nanji, President, North Valley Gymnastics Club. “Our organization has been rooted in the community for decades, and after years of struggling to find a space of our own it is great to be near the finish line thanks to the generosity of the people and organizations in our area.”
The grant from the RDNO was funded through the Community Works Fund, which comes from federal gas tax funding.