Honiton gym club bidding to use whole of former Rainbow Superstore to train in

PUBLISHED: 17:00 30 March 2018

Rainbow Store in Honiton, pictured in 2015. Ref mhh 0746-03-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Rainbow Store in Honiton, pictured in 2015. Ref mhh 0746-03-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

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A Honiton gymnastics club has submitted plans to train in the entirety of a former store - which it has been leasing for the last 19 months.

Honiton Gym Club has been using part of the former Rainbow Superstore in Ottery Moor Lane to train – and now it is aiming to use the entire building.

The other section was originally occupied by the club’s sub-landlord, the Amigos Carnival Club, which has left.

The gym club now leases the building from Tesco, which owns the land its sited on.

James Reddy, board member at the club, said: “We have continued to grow and become more successful since moving into our current premises on Ottery Moor Lane. Operating as an independent organisation has enabled us to create a firm base where we can leave out our specialist equipment permanently.

“We are immensely grateful to Tesco for allowing us to stay here during their ownership and we are also grateful to East Devon District Council councillors and other representatives who have been extremely supportive, offering us advice and guidance whenever it has been required.

“Additional space will not be used to increase the number of children in the gymnastics centre at one time. Instead we hope to use the space to provide a better gymnastics environment for those who attend our sessions.

“It will enable our recreational gymnasts to make use of the £30,000-worth of fun and development equipment that we bought last year as a result of a grant from British Gymnastics

“It will also enable parents to have better visibility of their children in recreational gymnastics classes, while our competitive gymnasts will have more space to safely practice skills that they will perform in regional, national and international competitions.”

Mr Reddy reiterated that the move will not result in any increase in traffic or footfall to the centre at peak times.

He added: “Moving into our own training centre has already had a number of very positive measures. It has allowed the club to become a much more integral part of the community in Honiton, building relationships with other groups, putting on displays for friends and family, and running national events that bring hundreds of visitors into the town from across the UK.”

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