Originally named Mont a l’Abbe Special Gymnastics Club, Jersey Special Gymnastics Club was formed in 1991 as an after school club to offer opportunities for pupils of Mont a l’Abbe School to experience artistic gymnastics. All the gymnasts are diagnosed as having severe learning difficulties; some also have associated behavioural and physical problems. The club started with just 10 gymnasts, with eight mats in a small hall. It has now grown to over 40 members with a full range of gymnastic apparatus. The standard of performance at the club has risen remarkably and gymnasts now compete successfully at national and international levels, five gymnasts and one of the club coaches have represented Great Britain on the European and World Stage. The club often displays to a range of audiences, the audience response is always positive. Whilst the club has grown in size and improved in the level of performance it continues with the philosophy of providing opportunities for people with learning problems. It now includes young people with special educational needs who attend mainstream schools and some of the older pupils, whilst having left school, still continue with their gymnastics. Due to this, the Club changed its name in April 2007 to the Jersey Special Gymnastics Club. The belief is that whilst it is important to be realistic about the skill level of the gymnasts, they will benefit from regular training, good resources and high standards of coaching to achieve their potential and in doing so will develop self-esteem and respect in the eyes of others. Jersey Special Gymnastics Club is recognised in Jersey and on the Mainland as a centre of excellence and it is recognised by the community as something of which the Island can be truly proud. The club is a voluntary organisation and is grateful for the strong support it receives from helpers who give of their time so freely. Parents and friends of the club run many fund raising events but the club also benefits from the generous sponsorship from local charities, service clubs and other organisations. Without this help the club’s activities would be severely limited. Consequently, the club is continually exploring avenues for raising funds to support the purchase of new and replacement equipment, uniforms, expenses for staging local competition and travel to the mainland for regional, national and international events. Anyone interested in becoming involved with the Club, please contact Yana Vibert. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Mobile 07797779829.