My part in the plan

Community gymnastics coach Debi McPhee tells us how she helps to #raisethebar 

The mission of sportscotland is to build a world class sporting system for everyone in Scotland, and its corporate plan is underpinned by working together with a range of people and partners.  Here we profile Debi McPhee, sportscotland 2014 Community Coach of the Year who runs the JUMP Gymnastics Club in Cumbernauld, coaching 650 children a week.

“I’ve always loved sport. Following an SVQ in Gymnastics Coaching I had a variety of roles in local clubs, authorities and dance schools.

“In April 2015 we were delighted to welcome the First Minister to our club to launch the Youth Manifesto, which meant we hit the headlines in national newspapers and TV. Two of our gymnasts even appeared on the front page of The Herald!

“It was fantastic for the children and the club’s profile. Interest soared and we noticed a positive impact on social media, plus new enquiries from parents who weren’t aware they had a club on their doorstep.

“The future for JUMP is certainly exciting, as we have confirmed a move to a larger facility where we will double our space, so we can meet the demand there is within our local community. 

In the beginning

“After a short break to bring up my family, I developed my own after-school session, supported by sportscotland and my local Active Schools coordinator and Community Sports Hub Development Officer.

“From a few pupils, it soon turned into the JUMP Gymnastics Club. With funding and support we were then able to buy our own equipment and unit. I was overwhelmed with the support from the local community who helped us clean and decorate.

Seven day a week offering

“With support from nurseries, schools, parents and the Active Schools team, we began to operate seven days a week, running 92 sessions over five venues.

Our first gymnast reached the Scotland Tumble Squad in 2014 and two others have since joined.

“They now train in Dundee towards goals set by the National Coach and the club. We’re now working together to ensure the gymnasts reach their targets ahead of the Scottish Tumble Championships early next year. 

Disneyland Paris

“Our display squad of 26 gymnasts performs at a variety of festivals and next year will travel to Disneyland Paris to perform their new display. It’s a great opportunity to showcase their work and is really exciting for the gymnasts, their families and the club.”

Find out more about Debi and watch a film about her and her club

Visit Jump Gymnastic’s website at jumpgymnasticsclub.co.uk

Read more about sportscotland’s corporate plan at sportscotland.org.uk/raisingthebar

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