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Middlesbrough Schools Compete in Gymnastics Competition
November 22, 2016

Sports students at Middlesbrough College have been helping to run the Middlesbrough Primary Schools Key Steps gymnastics finals.

The Middlesbrough College students have been studying sport events organisation and support and were eager to put their training into practice.

From teddy rolls to arabesques, hundreds of gymnasts were graded on their level of difficulty and the precision with which the moves were executed.

Held at Middlesbrough College, the Key Steps competition brought children from a number of Middlesbrough primary schools including Abingdon, Berwick Hills, Caldicotes, Captain Cook, Marton Manor, Newham Bridge, Pallister Park, Newport, Pennyman, St Bernadette’s, St Edwards, St Joseph’s, Sunnyside, The Avenue and Thorntree, together to compete against one other.

The competition was divided into key steps 1, 2 and 3 for years 1-6, with all teams of 5 competitors performing floor, vault and bench routine and being judged in team and individual events.

Event organiser Andrew Oliver, said:

“We’re very grateful that Middlesbrough College agreed to host the Key Steps event. Gymworld has everything we need in terms of the sprung floor, the space and the facilities, and it’s fantastic that students were here to help the judges.”

Student volunteers from the College also acted as runners on the day, making sure the event ran smoothly.

Gymworld Manager Craig Burton said:

“Middlesbrough College is committed to adding value to our community and the Primary Schools key steps gymnastics event provides a fantastic opportunity and experience for the children and staff involved. It’s gone really well, the student volunteers have taken it very seriously and showed professionalism. The children have had a great time being in a new environment and competing against other schools.

“It’s events like this that raise awareness of Middlesbrough College’s great facilities, which are open to the public seven days a week and strengthen our links with the schools in our community.”

The winning schools will go through to the Tees Valley finals in December, which due to the success of the Key Steps event will also be held at Middlesbrough College.

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