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Our Story
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South Essex Gymnastics Club (SEGC) emerged through the merger of Basildon, Castle Point, and Magna Carta Gymnastics Clubs. Established in 1992 at a cost of £300k, the club's original premises were funded through extensive efforts, including fundraising, loans, and grants from organizations such as the Foundation for Sport and the Arts and the Sports Council.

Under the leadership of Rod Smith, Jeff Davis, and Verity Adams, elite gymnasts from SEGC achieved remarkable success on the international stage over the next decade. Athletes like Natasha Hibbitt, Annika Reeder, and Nicola Willis represented Great Britain at various championships, including the Olympics.

This success led to an increased demand for places, prompting plans for a facility extension. While Basildon Council granted outline planning permission, discussions in 2002 explored the possibility of the club moving to the proposed Basildon Sporting Village. In 2006, SEGC leased a second building, focusing on specialized equipment for individuals with special needs and expanding recreational programs.

The club's commitment to inclusivity continued with special needs classes for local schools and the development of adult gymnastics and freestyle classes. Despite the initial plan for a move to the Basildon Sporting Village, SEGC expanded its offerings and services.

Notable gymnastic achievements persisted, with athletes like Max Whitlock OBE, Danny Lawrence and Reiss Beckford representing GB at international events, including the Commonwealth Games.

In 2011, SEGC, in collaboration with Basildon Council, moved into new facilities at the Basildon Sporting Village, a significant investment supported by the club's own funds and grants. The club's role as a pre-games training venue for the London Olympic Games in 2012 highlighted its growing reputation.

The departure of Rod Smith in 2008/2009 saw Scott Hann appointed as Director of Coaching, leading the club's day-to-day management. SEGC's success continued with Max Whitlock's achievements at the London Olympics, marking a historic moment for GB Men's Gymnastics.

Organizationally, SEGC transitioned its charitable status from the Castle Point Olympic Gymnastics Club in 2009, becoming South Essex Gymnastics Club Ltd. The club operates as a charitable company, overseen by an Executive Board and a Director of Coaching responsible for discipline-specific head coaches.

As a charitable organization, SEGC is dedicated to providing gymnastic opportunities for all levels and abilities in a safe, friendly, and fun environment, encouraging gymnasts to reach their full potential, whether participating recreationally or as international competitors.

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