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Club History

Jo Coverley, the Head Coach of High Peak Gymnastics, brings value to the club with her experience as a child gymnast from the age of 5 and as a local coach, tutor and judge, following the lead from her father who was one of her gym coaches.

During the year 2000 Jo helped run holiday gym sessions at New Mills Leisure Centre and in 2001 on qualifying as a Level 1 coach helped to run a club at St Mary’s Primary School in New Mills.

In 2004, Jo qualified as a Level 2 Coach, and began to set up weekly 1 hourly sessions in September at New Mills Leisure Centre, which quickly grew in January 2005 from 1 hour to 3 hours and so the Junior session was born. In 2005 to 2006 Jo was joined by another coach and they were able to extend the sessions to Monday evenings, whilst also running after school clubs at Simmondley in Glossop and Bradwell in the Hope Valley.

In October 2006, having achieved Level 3 Coach, Jo formed High Peak Gymnastics Club and secured the post as Community Sports Coach. An increase in gymnasts soon saw the addition of Wednesday evening sessions followed by Boys Senior sessions on a Sunday.

In October 2010 we opened our new larger dedicated premises in Buxton. Being in our own premises meant we were able to open 7 days a week.

In 2011 we acquired our first sprung floor and gained our set of static asymmetric bars. We had our 6th Annual Inter Schools Competition held at our new Buxton premises and our 5th annual Inter Club competition being the largest ever with over 200 gymnasts competing.  Our flame leotard was introduced for the competition squad leaving the star leotard for recreational gymnasts.

2012 was our 1st year of entering gymnasts for grades. All gymnasts passed with flying colours.  We achieved charity status and acquired a few new members to our committee.  The Club entered a float in Buxton Carnival which was a 1st for the Club. Over 50 gymnasts enjoyed the day either by being on the float or walking alongside handing out flyers for our summer programme.  We introduced our 1st interclub summer competition. After just over 2 years of being in our new premises we successfully gained 50k funding from Sport England to fit the gym out with brand new equipment including  a new sprung floor, new sets of A bars and a single bar, rings, vault and vault run, pommel horse, trampoline, extra matting and carpeting throughout the gym. This was a fantastic end to a busy year. 

The new equipment was fitted by Gymnova in February 2013 just in time for our Annual club display in March.  Jenny Pinches cut the ribbon to officially open our upgraded facilities.   Our 2nd year of entering gymnasts for grades was successful.  All gymnasts passed again.   We entered gymnasts into another new club to us ie Stockport School of Gymnastics.

In 2015 we moved to our new facility in Whaley Bridge and increased numbers by being more in the heart of the High Peak. We carried on competing at the grading exams and in 2016 we achieved our first distinction and 2 commended as well as all the passes.

In 2018 we renewed a three year lease and raised money to permanently fix our bars and raise the roof accordingly. We have continued to increase in number and the young leader programme now has 12 taking part both in gymnastics and parkour 




Last Modified: 15 Nov 2018

We have a new training leotard and tracksuit!


You can see what they look like via this link:




Please see the 'Club Kit' section in about us for more details and clothing form. 

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