Sheila & David Hanson


TV Presenter Matt Allwright, Sheila & David Hanson, Tom Redman, Big Bus London

Sheila & David Hanson have been involved in junior gymnastics for more than 38 years. David first got involved in gymnastics when his son joined a local class. The nearest club he could attend was 50 miles away in Manchester and David soon became a parent helper there. He took several coaching courses until he reached senior club coach level.

The pair formed Longbridge Gymnastics Club in 1991 and over the next 10 years, the club’s popularity grew to a membership of well over 200 members, meaning new facilities were needed. After 15 years of fundraising and planning, the club moved to the Astra Business Centre. David and Sheila weredetermined to improve the club, they even used their house as surety against the lease on the new premises.

Led by the Hansons, the clubs’Parent Group managed to raise £35,000 to purchase equipment so the children have the best facilities possible to train in. Today, the club boasts 400 recreational and competitive gymnasts and over 30 volunteer coaches. Without David and Sheila’s commitment the club might well not exist.


Nominated by: Heidi Kettle