End of an era as Stan and Diane Buckley step down

Stan and DianeBuckley Girls Gymnastics Club is marking the end of an era with Stan and Diane Buckley stepping down after being at the heart of the club since its early days.

The club has been under the guidance of Stan, director of coaching, since 1979, with Diane, as treasurer, also working hard behind the scenes.

Coach Ceri said: “We cannot thank Mr Buckley and Diane enough for all the work they have done getting the club to where it is today.

“They have worked tirelessly to ensure that the club is as good as it can be for its members and coaches.

“Buckley is a family that they will always be a part of and I hope we can continue to grow on the solid foundations they have created for us.”

Mr Buckley said: “Over our time at Buckley Girls Gymnastics, working out of a school gym 2-star facility, we were able to produce many GB and Welsh internationals and provide Wales with representatives at three separate Commonwealth Games.

“Fostering friendships through our sport of gymnastics was always my aim, in addition to high performance gymnasts.

“To help achieve these aims, giving the opportunity of travel, new
training and competitive adventures for our gymnasts, we began with a visit to Bulgaria, later visiting Russia, Ukraine, France, Italy, Switzerland, Ireland and Scotland.

“Working alongside me has been my wife Diane who, as the administrative anchor, helped me achieve my dreams along with the help and support of people I am glad to call my friends.

“Professor Walter Consonni became my mentor and with his help and guidance we achieved much success which included a British junior champion in women’s artistic gymnastics.

“There were times I didn’t always agree with my mentor but understood his advice would provide me and the club with the success I craved.

“We have now progressed to a 4-star facility with a new head coach and I wish the club much success in the future.

“Leaving the club I have served for over 40 years is the hardest thing I have had to do and will leave a big hole in my life that will be difficult to fill.

“For Diane I believe it will be a great relief and a rest from the constant delegation of tasks that need to be completed.

“I will be continuing my tutoring/assessment work for British Gymnastics and look forward to welcoming the club’s up and coming coaches when courses get the all clear to go ahead.

“There are many people that have helped me achieve the dreams I had for the club and I thank them all from the bottom of my heart.

“I make a special mention to my gymnast and coach Ceri Sass who has always supported me in my dreams, also that great gymnast and friend Lisa Gannon (nee Barton).”

We would like to wish Mr Buckley and Diane well for the future.

Posted in coaches, friends

Deeside Gymnastics Academy need our help

Our friends at Deeside Gymnastics Academy are fundraising for a temporary home while their club at Deeside Leisure Centre is being used as a Covid hospital. We thought we would help them to spread the word.
deeside pic

They are working with Flintshire council and British Gymnastics but, while they are unable to get back into their own gym until January at the earliest, they need to fundraise for a facility to train in and secure the future of their club.

As a not for profit club like us, they have been training gymnasts for 45 years and are keen to continue training in the future. You can help here:

They have go fund me page to accept donations

If you know of any businesses that could help with a unit or some space, you can contact Deeside at deesidegymnasticsacademy@gmail.com

Let’s hope they can get up and running soon for their members and the community.

Posted in friends, fundraising

Who’s up for an Olympic challenge?

The 2020 Olympics was due to start on 23 July in the National Stadium of Japan in Tokyo but it has been delayed a year.

tokyo challenge

    • Over 11,000 athletes
    • 206 different countries represented
    • 50 different disciplines
    • 4 years of training

Unfortunately, many of the athletes have had their training curtailed and their dreams delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Our own lives have been turned upside down and while we’re not in gym we thought we could do an Olympic-style challenge.

We challenge our members to walk, run, cycle or skate a combined 8,263 miles which is the distance from Gwernaffield gym to Tokyo.

We start on 1 June and hope to reach our target by 23 July.

All you need is a free Strava account to collate your distance. We have our own Buckley Girls Gymnastics Club page where we can record all our miles and each week we’ll update our progress.

We’ll also have a leader board for our more serious competitors!

We hope you’ll join us in our challenge. It’s going to be fun.

Posted in advanced, coaches, competitive recreation, development class, friends, general class, gymtots, intermediate

Design a leotard competition

Do you fancy designing your own leotard?

On Monday 4 May 2020, Welsh Gymnastics are launching their Design a Leotard Competition.

milano leo comp

Entries are free of charge but limited to one entry per person. Only current members of Welsh/British Gymnastics can enter this competition.


1st Place: The Winner will win a visit to the Milano Factory where they will see their winning leotard being made (once the country’s restrictions have been lifted)

2nd Place: A leotard from the Milano range

3rd Place: A leotard from the Milano range

Deadline for entries:

Friday 15 May 2020 at 5pm

How to enter:

  • Download the WG leotard template from our social media platforms
  • Be creative with your design
  • Email your competition entry to Cope@WelshGymnastics.org

If you would like the leotard template emailed to you, email: Kathryn.Cope@WelshGymnastics.org

Good luck.

Posted in advanced, development class, general class, intermediate, preschool