History

Buckley Girls Gymnastic Club was founded in 1974 and continues to grow in strength and numbers as we head to our 50th anniversary in 2024.

Between 1979 and 2020, the club was under the guidance of the late Stan Buckley who trained countless gymnasts and coaches and whose influence on the club will be a lasting legacy.

In that time, the club has boasted a British Junior Champion, numerous Welsh Ladies Champions, gymnasts in the Welsh and British Squads with Club members representing Wales in the 1986 and 1990 Commonwealth Games.

Stan semi-retired from the club in 2002, but remained as our coaching director until he stepped down in 2020.

His daughter Maxine Baker carried on the work of producing Welsh squad members and gymnasts to international level with both team and individual wins prior to emigrating in 2013.

Even after leaving the club to take up university studies, Buckley gymnasts have continued to compete, representing Wales in The World Student Games.

And our coaches and former club members have also competed – and won – in the Adult British Championships.

We started fund raising to take over our own facilities in 2015 under the guidance of head coach Ceri Sass, herself a former club gymnast.

And we signed the lease on our gym in Gwernaffield, near Mold, in January 2017, before converting and opening the building four months later thanks to our supporters.

In 2019, coach Danielle Wrigley took over the reins as our current head coach as we move to the next phase of our development amid plans for a new extension at Gwernaffield gym to accommodate pits.

We also continue to run classes at Buckley Leisure Centre, which has been our home since the club was set up.

The year 2024 marks our 50th anniversary.