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Issue:- Tuesday, 12 July 2016

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Parent Power Strikes Again To Support Young People And Their Dream

STAFF and gymnasts are celebrating after the announcement that the future of the Southport and Ainsdale Gymnastics Club has been secured. A charity set up by the Club’s Parents Support Group will take over as new owners, from Southport YMCA, in September 2016.

The Gymnastics Club was formed in 1973 by parents inspired by the 1972 Munich Olympic Games. The club has grown in strength and numbers over the subsequent years and is now the biggest single sport provider in the surrounding three boroughs. It provides weekly cheerleading and artistic gymnastics sessions for approximately 1,300 young people and is the home training club for two current British team members in Daniel Purvis, Olympic, Commonwealth, European and World Medalist and Frank Baines, Commonwealth, British Senior and European Junior Medalist.

Matt Dodd, chairman of the charity, said:- “After an initial campaign aimed at securing the future of the club and a year of behind-the-scenes negotiations with Southport YMCA, we are delighted to finally be taking over the running of the club. We entered into this process with 2 key objectives in mind. Our first goal was to preserve the gym club facilities for the use of existing and all future members. Secondly, we wanted to safeguard the jobs of gymnastics coaches and staff who are the lifeblood of the club. Without them the club would not function and they have a vital role to play in its future. The club has a proud history and our role now is to build on this as we move into the next phase of the club’s development. These developments will require fundraising and this will be one of our top priorities from September onwards and we will look to work with the community to achieve that. The club has an exciting future and we look forward to working with our coaches, parents and gymnasts to ensure that the gymnastics and Cheerleading provision at Segars Lane continues to be delivered to the highest standard. To support our future developments for the club we will be forging strong links with British Gymnastics, the national governing body for the sport. This will give gymnasts at all levels the opportunity to compete in competitions and ensure that high quality gymnastics provision continues to thrive at the heart of the community. We thank the Southport YMCA staff for their support in securing the transition of the club to the Southport and Ainsdale Gymnastics Club charity. None of this would have been possible without the legal advice we received and a special mention should also go to Vaqas Farooq, Managing Partner at Shoosmiths Manchester, and his team including James Skivington and James Brodie, who provided advice throughout the negotiations on a pro bono basis.”

The Southport and Ainsdale Gymnastics Club is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), a new legal format introduced to allow charities to trade as a legal body.

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Deceased estates notice - Lilian May Jackam

Pursuant to the Trustee Act 1925, any persons having a claim against or an interest in the Estate of Lilian May Jackam (also known as Lillian May) Jackam (Deceased), late of Birch Abbey Rest Home, 55 Alexandra Road, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 9HD, UK, who died on 04/10/2018, are required to send particulars thereof in writing, to the undersigned Solicitors, on or before 24/05/2019, after which date the Estate will be distributed having regard only to claims and interests of which they have had notice. Churches Solicitors, 12 High Street, Fareham, Hampshire, PO16 7BL, UK. Ref:- 'T553015.'

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