THE popular Saturday Recreational Gymnastics Club at Wey Valley School, which has been running since September 1996, will resume again this weekend.

The club has a friendly, family atmosphere where the children can express themselves on a weekly basis for what they achieve in the form of their own unique style.

Youngsters aged between five and 14 are invited to join up for a 14-week term at the Wey Valley School sports hall.

Organised by experienced gymnastics coach Don Whistance, sessions take place every Saturday between 10.30am and 1pm.

He said: “The course allows the children of all abilities to experience a variety of gymnastic moves using a range of small apparatus such as hoola hoops, ribbons, skipping ropes and small balls alongside the use of benches, vaulting boxes, floor and springboards.

“Children will concentrate this term on planning, performing and assessing their own sequence and tumbling work.”

The gymnasts come from Dorchester, Portland and Weymouth schools and from the surrounding areas.

The children are coached by a senior female coach alongside junior coaches wishing to obtain work experience or needing to work towards the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.

Parents can obtain an application form from the pupil’s own own school or by telephonong 813237 or alternatively sending an email to