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1973 ~ Recreation Classes Start

Recreation classes started at the Rugby Sports Centre, one weekly session of 2 hours

1974 ~ Competitions

The first competition group is formed by Carolyn & Dave Thompson with the clubs first competion against Stretford

1975 ~ Parental Help

Parents form Rugby Gymnastics Supporters Association to help with organisation of competitions , etc.

1976 ~ West Midlands Success

First entries in BAGA set work competitions at regional finals. Four girls are selected for the West Midlands Squad.

1977 ~ Gold in West Midlands Championships

In the West Midlands Championships at Under 9's Elain Hobbs achieves 1st place with Tracy Jinks coming 2nd. Rugby travel to Evreux in France for the first of what is to become an annual twinning event. Club organised a 3 day gymnastics clinic.

1978 ~ Represent the Region at the N.D.P. Finals

Two girls are selected to represent the West Midlands in the National Development Plan in Sheffield. Sarah Ridgway becomes the West Midlands U11 Champion.

1979 ~ Rugby Gym Club Formed

Rugby Gymnastics Club is established as a British Gymnastics affiliated club. A small boys section is started. Four girls are selected to represent the West Midlands at the N.D.P. finals. Sarah Ridgway wins national grade 6 title and is selected to join the British Junior Squad.

1980 ~ Success at Wembley

Sarah wins Lilia-White floor medal at Wembley. Rugby compete in Canada and visit Bulgaria to train. Ground committee is set up to investigate the possibility of moving from sports centre.

1981 ~ Olympic Success

Rugby Gym Club win the first ever Warwickshire Olympics. Negotiations are started to purchase buildings from East Warwickshire college.

1982 ~ Club Move

Rugby Gym Club move into our own premises in Lower Hillmorton Road. Sophie Mears becomes Warwickshire Champion.

1983 ~ Building Work continues

Work is began to convert the East building into the main Gym Hall. Rugby win the Warwickshire Olympics. Sarah Ridgway gains silver medal at Lilia-White and qualifies for vault finals in the British Championships. Centenary of 'L' Avenir Ebrocien, Evreux.

1984 ~ Rugby Compete in Germany

Rugby visit Russelsheim in Germany to establish a second annual Twinning event. Zoe Johnson gains a silver medal at Grade 1 in the National Finals. Sarah Ridgway wins the West Midlands Championships. Rhythmic Gymnastics is introduced to the club.

1985 ~ Boys West Midlands Success

9 boys are selected to represent the West Midlands in the N.D.P. at the National Finals. Rugby win the Warwickshire Olympics. Work is started on excaveting pits.

1986 ~ Pits completed

Work on the pits is finished allowing gymnasts to tumble and vault into a pit. 9 boys qualify to compete in N.P.D. National Finals. Girls are selected to train for the first Warwickshire County Squad. Rugby Gym Club gains Charitable Status.

1996 ~ Lottery Grant

RGC received a grant from the lottery to buy new Tumble Track, Floor, Beam, Aysmetric Bars and Parallel Bars.

1997 ~ British NDP Tumbling Champion

Simon Gunter was selected to represent the West Midlands at National Level 3 in N.D.P. National Tumbling Finals. He scored 27.36 to win his catagory by a margin of 0.2.

2000 ~ Full Time Coach

Rugby Gym Club employed James Boyes, ex National Squad gymnast as our first full time coach to develop Boys Squad.

2002 ~ Full Time Recreation Coach Employed

Rugby Gym Club employ Tom Mountain, an ex Rugby Gymnast to head our important and very busy recreation sessions.

2004 ~ Two more Full Time Coaches employed

Sarah Hayes was employed as Director of general gymnastics after loosing Tom Mountain, Sarah was an elite gymnast herself and a dance choreographer. She has come from various clubs to help improve and expand the general gymnastics. Igor Karpov who is also employed at Rugby is a high performance boys coach and is helping to train the boys to national level.

2006 ~ Coaches offered part time and full time positions

Joanna Wan, and Amy Braithwaite offered part time positions to help with the development of the gym club.

2007 ~ More coaches offered employment

Nicky Bridges and Becky Murray have accepted employment as staff coaches. Rugby Gym Club has also employed Anna Dawson as Pre-School Director to provided structured sessions for children from 0 to 3 years of age.

2008 ~ Director of Coaching replaced

January 2008, Igor Karpov takes the role of Director of Coaching after James Boyes decides his time at RGC has come to an end. We wish James the best of luck for the future and congratulate Igor with accepting the new role. We are also sorry to say goodbye to Mark Aldous who has been Chairman and sport acro/tumbling coach for many years. We wish you the best of luck Mark. Teresa With has joined the part-time coaches team.

2009 ~ Director of Coaching replaced again

'Igor Karpov' has been offered his dream job situated in Canada to teach the worlds famous Cirque de Soleil. Taking Igors place will be Sergey, a boys high performance gymnastics coach. Gill McKee has been employed by Rugby Gym Club as a Development Director and will take on the responsibility of running all non related coaching activities for the club.

 
 
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