We signed our daughter up for gymnastics as soon as she was old enough. Six months old! She started with the parent and baby program, at the time she hadn't even started to crawl. The coaches were amazing with her and she loved every minute. They focused on growing her skills, her subtle body movements helping her develop into baby milestones like crawling and then walking. She would giggle with joy when coach would jump with her on the trampoline, and squeal when she got to walk (assisted) on the beams.
We continued to sign our daughter up in every session our daughter used to vibrate and kick with excitement when we'd pull up to the gym, she expressed her excitement to be there time and time again, and still does as soon as we pull up she shouts,
“mommy I see it I see gymnastics! Can we go? Let's run!!! I'm so excited to see coach Joanne and my friends”
My daughter is now 3. As she grew so did the skills she was acquiring. The coaches are positive, and encouraging. Every lesson leads to a skill set and everything area of the gym is utilized to build on to a new skill. Gymnastics is by far our child's favorite weekly activity.
The Fort Saskatchewan Gymnastics Club is truly an asset to the community, the coaches are amazing and we have truly enjoyed each and everyone of them. The club is efficient and forward thinking. There are not many minor sports that are run with the passion and leadership that the executive and Head coach of the club demonstrate.
Going forward the club has a vision of a bigger, more efficient, and safer facility with more equipment and much more opportunity. The competitive gymnastics team excels and wins across the province imagine what they could do with all the proper equipment? Any support the city could offer the club would be put to great use to improve an already outstanding sport in our city.
I know we will continue to take part in the gymnastic programs and we really look forward to the future of gymnastics in Fort Saskatchewan.
I was really excited when I found out the Fort Gymnastics Club had a program for Parent & Baby. With a 15 month old at the time there were not many options for programs besides swimming and music.
Whether you are participating in the evening structured class or the daytime drop-in it is a fantastic opportunity for a young toddler to burn off that excess energy. When I participated in the daytime registered class the coach was excellent and I knew we would be continuing in the following session. Now our schedule best fits with the daytime drop-in and we really enjoy the open gym concept. It has been a fantastic location to meet friends each week and there are always a number of young toddlers for your children to interact with. I have started my daughter at a young age because I would like her to participate in classes as she gets older and would like her to feel comfortable with the facility in a class by herself.
For this reason, the family type atmosphere and great coaches I would recommend the Fort Gymnastics Club to anyone looking for a fantastic new activity.
Our daughter Emily has been with the Competitive Program for 2 years and we drive HWY 21 to the club 3 times a week from Sherwood Park. Prior to joining Fort Gymnastics Emily was registered in recreational programs at two other closer clubs in Edmonton and Sherwood Park. Once the time came to commit to a competitive program she assessed at many clubs and we searched for the right fit for our family.
No other club gave me the same feeling of confidence as I experienced at the Fort. From the moment I met Leanne, Kim and the other coaches, I could tell that this was a club that worked together and worked for the overall benefit of the gymnasts. There has always been an understanding that the gymnasts need to work hard, show commitment and do their best. Along with that there has been an underlying respect for the girls themselves, for family and for daily life commitments. Our coaches bring with them a wealth of experience and knowledge. It is evident that they care about the kids and the quality of the program as well. I’m always so proud of how well our girls do at competitions in comparison to those who compete for numerous more hours at other gyms. My only conclusion is that the quality of our training outweighs the quantity.
We are one of the fortunate families who joined the club at their current location. I heard how previously parents would assemble and disassemble the equipment each day for practice. It was nothing short of commitment, dedication and teamwork. All the parents whom I’ve met during the past couple of years, vested hours of volunteer time knowing it has been worth it. Many of those parents worked hard to get the gym where it is today and I don’t doubt for a second that all parents would support future growth for the club. Fort Gymnastics truly has a family atmosphere. Just spend a night at training or a day at a competition to see how the girls and coaches support each other. In fact, our girls are so great that they will cheer on gymnasts from other clubs as well. They simply love the sport and spend hours in a supportive, encouraging and challenging environment. Naturally they reflect that while competing. In my opinion this club fosters nothing short of positive ambassadors for the City of Fort Saskatchewan.
FGC has a sense of family about it. And while we talk about what gymnastics is and does – the relationships that the kids get to build truly can be the best part. My daughter lacks confidence in her abilities – and as her mother I can tell her time and again what she is capable of and it falls on deaf ears. I’ve seen her fantastic coaches make huge strides with her, but at the end of the day she still lacks belief in herself. It was meeting Hailey and developing a “best friend” that allowed her to find some confidence. They believe in each other, and something special happens – they start to believe in themselves. These relationships are priceless and something that they will carry with them throughout their lives, even after gymnastics, and maybe even these friendships, are behind them.
(Mom of 9 year old Natalie - Pre Competitive Team)
The Fort Saskatchewan Families First Society relies heavily on donations of space to offer the Parent Link, early childhood and family support programming that we provide to families in our community. The Fort Saskatchewan Gymnastics Club has been very generous in sharing its space with us.
Since 2013 Families First Society has delivered four Parent Child Mother Goose Programs at the Fort Gymnastics Club. This means 65 parents building stronger emotional connections with their infants and toddlers, and 98 little ones gaining strength and confidence cognitively, emotionally and socially in our big world!
Families First extends a heartfelt thanks to Fort Gymnastics for their opening their home to us, often at the last minute when we find ourselves in need of space on short notice, as well as for the continuous good work they do with children and youth in Fort Saskatchewan.
Yours in the community,
Fort Saskatchewan Families First Society
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