Mr Buckley’s funeral takes place on Tuesday

The funeral of former coaching director Mr Stan Buckley takes place at Flintshire Memorial Park and Crematorium on Tuesday at 2pm with a webcast of the service available for those not attending in person.

Mr Buckley trained countless gymnasts and coaches since 1979, only stepping down from his role last year.

A tribute following his death last month was shared more than 500 times with people at home and abroad explaining how he had been an influence on their lives.

To watch a webcast of Tuesday’s service, use the following details:-

  • Go to: https://www.obitus.com
  • Username: migu0064
  • Password: 092031
  • There is technical advice available on obitus.com should you encounter any problems

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Festival of Gymnastics – time to shine

We’re getting together – at long last – with our Festival of Gymnastics on the weekend of 11-12 September.

The festival is an opportunity to see what the girls have been working on over the last year – we can’t wait for you to see them.

Everyone has received an email with details of how to attend and once we know numbers everyone will be given a time slot.

We will be accepting donations of teddies for the teddy bear tombola, leotards for the leotard stall and raffle prizes will be on offer along with refreshments.

We can’t accept homemade goodies this year due to Covid regulations but any shop-bought treats would be gratefully accepted.

We’re using the festival to launch our appeal to raise £50,000 for the next phase of the club’s development in helping our gymnasts to improve their skills.

The appeal, 50k for 50 Years, will help us to finance new pits at our unit at Gwernaffield.

The use of giant pits – which are filled with foam blocks – allow gymnasts to stay safe while learning new moves.

As part of the appeal, we’re launching our first sponsorship event, 50 Miles in 50 Days, from 12 September to 31 October and a sponsorship form will be emailed to families and also available to download from our website.

For our youngest gymnasts, we will be encouraging them to walk five miles in those 50 days. 

You will be invited to track their walks online via Strava – in our club area – and there will be weekly updates and prizes along the way.

We look forward to seeing you all next weekend.

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Tributes to Mr Stan Buckley

It’s with great sadness that we have to share the news of the passing of Mr Stan Buckley who will be forever remembered by our club.

He has been key to the club’s success and has helped to train countless gymnasts and coaches since 1979, only stepping down as coaching director last year.

Club board director Ceri Sass, a former club gymnast and head coach, said Mr Buckley’s “passion for gymnastics and Buckley Girls’ Gymnastics Club was second to none”.

“People always asked if the club was named after him – it easily could have been,” she said. 

“He was the driving force behind the club for more than 40 years.”

Ceri said: “‘Mr B’ – we will endeavour to keep your passion burning in the gym and we will strive to make you proud.

“My coach, my mentor and my friend for over 30 years – thank you.”

We wish to pass on our sincere condolences to Diane and family.

Mr Buckley will be sorely missed but never forgotten.

In its own tribute, Welsh Gymnastics said: “Stan made an impression on everyone he met and was an integral part of our gymnastics community. He will be deeply missed.”

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Grand plans for our 50th anniversary

50k for 50 years: Buckley Girls’ Gymnastics Club first welcomed budding gymnasts in 1974 to the girls’ gym in the Elfed High School in Buckley.

Following our 40th anniversary celebrations in 2014, we started fundraising for a new home in a modern facility and, in January 2017, we took possession of our new facility in Gwernaffield. 

We now have a well-equipped gym and all our gymnasts are feeling the benefits, but it is time to help them to take it to the next level.

In order to learn new, bigger skills, gymnasts benefit from the use of giant pits which are filled with foam blocks and allow them to stay safe while learning new moves.

Our landlord has approached us about developing the site. It would allow us to create purpose-built pits in a smaller gym attached to our current facility.

In order to do this, we need to raise £50,000 and we really hope to complete the project as part of our 50th anniversary celebrations in 2024.

We are going to start our campaign with a Festival of Gymnastics over the weekend of the 11-12 September. 

All our members will be invited to take part and we will have plans of the proposed gym available and we can tell you all about it.

You will get an opportunity to watch your gymnast and see what their sessions involve. 

You will receive full details in a separate email.

We will also be launching our first fundraising event, asking our gymnasts to get sponsorship to walk 50 miles in 50 days between 12 September and 31 October.

For our youngest gymnasts, we will be encouraging them to walk five miles in those 50 days. 

You will be invited to track their walks online via Strava – in our club area – and there will be weekly updates and prizes along the way.

Want to get involved?

  1. Volunteer as a class fundraising lead to help us keep in contact with our class parents and advertise our events
  2. Ask your work if they are able to match fund any of our fundraising events – we have found this really helpful in the past. Also, ask if they have any grants available
  3. Make sure you are signed up for Easyfundraising so you can support your club while you shop – particularly important as the Christmas shopping spree is not far away
  4. Let your friends, family and workmates know that we will continue with clothing collections every three months – so you can collect clothes which can be turned into cash
  5. Let us know if you have any fundraising ideas that you would like to run to raise money for the club

Bye for now!

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