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News 2021

Our First Year At The Vault Draws To A Close!

December 23rd 2021

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The Vault is now closed for Christmas. A huge thank you to all our members, volunteers, supporters and staff, what a first year we have had!

Wishing you all the happiest Christmas and a wonderful new year. We look forward to seeing you back again on the 3rd January.

With very best wishes from Debbie and all the team at The Vault.

NEW! Tadpoles Baby Class

December 9th 2021

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Come and explore an exciting world with your baby at our Tadpoles baby class.


For babies aged 6—18 months and costing just £17.50 a month, this is the perfect opportunity to meet other parents whilst bonding with your little one. After a half hour session exploring our fun play equipment, there is time for a chat and a costa coffee in our café area.

MONDAYS 11.30am

Adult Lunchtime Gymnastics For All Abilities - Why Not Have A Go

December 8th 2021


We are starting to get bookings for our new lunchtime adult gymnastics class. If you have ever fancied a go then this is the perfect opportunity to give this amazing sport a try.

Whatever your age (16 - 100+) or ability, whether you have done lots of gymnastics before or this is your first go, we can help with your confidence, flexibility and strength.

You will have access to the full range of both male and female apparatus, and our staff will ensure you can challenge yourself in a safe, none-judgemental environment.

Oh and in case you were worried, you don't even have to wear a leotard. Leggings/close fitting shorts and a t-shirt are just fine!

MONDAYS 11.30am - 12.30pm

Halloween Floor & Vault Competition Is Huge Success

October 31st 2021


On the 31st October we held our first ever club competition at The Vault and it proved to be a huge success.

With almost 190 children taking part on floor & vault and many spectators supporting their gymnasts, The Vault was buzzing. Director Debbie looked the part in her pumpkin outfit, and there were some spooky looking judges too!

It was a busy day for everyone involved but we all loved seeing the gymnasts performing and receiving their medals. A very big thank you to all our amazing volunteers.

The audience were entertained with demonstrations from our Allstars Cheerleading group, our Acro Dance team and our Sport Acro team. We also had a visit from the Allstars Oxford Brookes cheerleaders in the final session.

A big part of these competitions is to provide an opportunity for children to experience nerves and learn to handle them in a safe, supportive environment. We are so proud of those gymnasts who, with the support of their parents, faced their fears and overcame them.

Here is just some of the lovely feedback we received:

"Both our children had an amazing time and are just so over the moon that they won some medals—they feel so special and it’s so amazing to watch them flourish with the confidence boost it’s given them."

"He would not even stand up at the front of his class, but today, he got up and did his routine in front of lots of people, despite his nerves. I didn’t quite bank on the confidence growth gymnastics would give."

"My gymnast had a Wonderful time. It was great to see them do their routines and have fun. We really appreciate the time and effort put in to run this. Many thanks. Proud parents !"

"We can’t thank you enough for making my gymnast's first gymnastics competition such a wonderful experience. She was so nervous before we arrived but whatever was said or done soon settled her nerves."

"Just wanted to email to say thank you so so much for arranging such a fantastic competition yesterday. It was so well run and so much effort to make it work so well from you all."

Halloween Holiday Camp - Book now for some spooky fun!

September 18th 2021

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Book your place on our Halloween half-term holiday camp for some spooky fun!


Our popular holiday camp is running from Monday October 25th to Friday October 29th from 9am to 12pm. Places fill up fast, so get booking! Just £70 for the week.

Two fabulous new classes launching at The Vault

August 10th 2021

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**Book a place on our free introductory workshop on Sunday 22nd August. Classes start Sunday 12th September**

Cheerleading is one of the fastest growing sports in the country, with over 89,000 athletes across the UK. It is a high energy, team-based sport incorporating gymnastics, acrobatics and dance. Cheerleading is built across 7 levels and teams compete against each other in regional, national and international competitions. Routines include jumps, standing and running tumbling, stunting, pyramids and dance.

Allstar Heroes has been going for 9 years and are delighted to be offering Athletes from The Vault the chance to be a part of their very first Cheerleading team. We are firm believers that anyone can become a fantastic Cheerleader if they have passion, work hard and bring their personality to training. We take on athletes of all abilities from beginners to experienced athletes, anyone can be a Hero.


**Book a place on our free introductory workshop on Thursday 19th August 7 - 8.30pm. Classes start Thursday 26th August**

TeamGym is a fast paced and exciting discipline developed in Europe where teams compete on floor, trampette/trampette vault and Tumble in Men’s, Women’s and mixed categories. Being part of a team is a great way to enjoy gymnastics in a fun and supportive environment. It is unique in that each gymnast follows quickly behind each other known as streaming, and the floor is performed as a synchronised group dance.

Our TeamGym instructor Jenny says: "TeamGym provided competitive opportunities for me long after I thought I’d retired from gymnastics, culminating in a trip to the European Championship in Denmark, but most importantly a fun training regime with good friends. I am excited to introduce these opportunities to a new generation of gymnasts here at Carterton and hope you will enjoy it as much as I did."

To book a place on one of the workshops please go to https://app.iclasspro.com/portal/cartertongym/camps/6

Why should I start my pre-schooler with gymnastics?

July 8th 2021

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Gymnastics is the perfect activity to develop essential skills in your little one, whilst they are busy having fun. We have seen over and over again the physical, social and emotional development that results from engagement with the sport of gymnastics, and above all, little ones love it!

Coordination, flexibility, balance, taking turns, confidence and a chance to challenge themselves in a fun and safe environment.

At The Vault, we offer the following pre-school classes:

Tumblers: Age under 5’s. Free-play one off sessions supervised by a coach. Book weekly (Currently on offer at £6 per session)

Ducklings: age 18m to 3yrs. Free-play but with coached elements.

Bunnyhops: 3 to 5 yrs. Fully coached session with parents.

Little Stars: 4 to 5 yrs. Fully coached, no parents.

If you are not sure which class would be best, please get in touch and we will be happy to help.

Gymnasts have a "Blast"!

June 29th 2021

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Our gymnasts have been working really hard on their skills recently, so last week we introduced a bit of fun and variety with our "Blast Class" - named because the gymnasts had such a blast taking part!

A fast and fun circuit of activities worked them hard and I'm sure they all slept well......! Good work everyone

Bookings open for Holiday Camps

June 15th 2021

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Mon 26th - Fri 30th July and Mon 23rd - Fri 27th August.

9am - 12pm.

Come and enjoy a fun packed week filled with: gymnastics on superb equipment , games treasure hunts , table tennis , obstacle courses and more...... Run by experienced, fun and friendly coaches.

Our Summer Camps are open to both members and non-members aged 5 - 16 years and run between 9 am and 12pm. The cost is £70 for a full week.

Safety is a priority and children will remain in the same bubble for the whole week.

Please ensure that the children bring their own snacks, drinks, hair tied back (no pony tails to reach their eyes), no jewellery and appropriate clothing for summer activities.

Book online today : www.cartertongym.co.uk/holiday-club

EXCITING NEWS! We are launching more classes.

May 17th 2021

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Our first few weeks have gone so well that we are now able to offer lots more classes to choose from:

- Sports Acro - working in teams of two or more to perform acrobatic moves https://app.iclasspro.com/portal/cartertongym/classes

- Tumbling - for those who can already do a backflip and a handspring https://app.iclasspro.com/portal/cartertongym/classes

- An additional Dance Acro class -a combination of dance and acrobatics www.cartertongym.co.uk/dance

- Under 5's free play https://app.iclasspro.com/portal/cartertongym/camps/10

- More boys and girls recreational gymnastics and preschool classes https://app.iclasspro.com/portal/cartertongym/classes

- Yoga and pilates classes www.cartertongym.co.uk/exercise

We also still have places available on our fun half-term holiday camps - if you haven't arranged your childcare for the upcoming holiday yet, it isn't too late. Book one day or all week. www.cartertongym.co.uk/holiday-club

The Vault is open!!

April 12th 2021


It has been years in the planning, but thanks to the incredible hard work of Debbie and her team of volunteers, The Vault opened its doors today to welcome our gymnasts, both existing and new.

Debbie was surprised yesterday with a small opening ceremony to mark the occasion and was presented with a beautiful oak desk, inlaid with The Vault logo, hand-made by Wayne one of our very talented gym parents. 

A purpose built venue has been Debbie's dream for the last 30 years and today is a very special day for all of those involved. The Vault will provide the perfect home for Carterton Gymnastic Club and will be here serving the people of Carterton and surrounding areas for years to come.

Well done and a massive thank you to everyone involved. Without everyone's contribution, no matter how big or small, we could not have done this!

Our new kit is being installed

March 17th 2021


We could not be more excited!

By the end of this week all the kit will be installed in our main gym. So far we have two vaults, a floor, the rings, pommel horse, a mushroom and the competition A bars! Lots and lots still to go. Big thank you to the RAF guys who helped get the rings up today. What will tomorrow bring?

12th April HERE WE COME!

February 23rd 2021


Today was a HUGE day for Carterton Gymnastic Club as our brand new kit was delivered on site at The Vault.

The timing was perfect, having found out last night that we would be able to open on the 12th April and welcome all our gymnasts, both existing and new, to this wonderful place.

It has taken 3 years of hard work, blood, sweat and tears, and an amazing team of volunteers to get to this point and we are so excited about what the future holds for the club and The Vault.

We have a very busy last few weeks to get everything ready but can't wait to get those doors open. See you then!

It’s been all hands-on deck, and the walls are flying up!

January 18th 2021


Debra and a team of volunteer builders and labourers have worked incredibly hard for the last couple of weekends creating our toilets, office spaces and kitchen. All the internal walls should be completed next weekend and then it is time for the ceilings to go on!

It is incredible to finally see the dream taking shape, and we are very grateful for the hard work and dedication of our volunteers. This is going to be such a fabulous space to train and socialise in and we can’t wait to see it full of gymnasts and members of the local community.

Want to get involved? Email us or give us a ring. We also still need help with finances for, or donations of, office and IT equipment, kitchen equipment, a mobile lifting hoist to assist disabled participants and a folding electric changing table.

Book your gymnastics class now! Places are filling up fast

January 4th 2021


Work is progressing well in The Vault and we would like to say a big thank you to the amazing volunteers who have given up their time at weekends and over the holiday to come and paint walls in gym two. It is looking wonderful.

The electricians and plumbers are back in today working hard to fit  lights and run pipework, and the toilet and office walls have been set out ready for building.

We have now opened up our booking system to the general public and places are filling up fast. If you haven't yet booked your place, please book now to avoid disappointment.

It really is such a great club to be a part of with so many people offering time and skills to help us achieve this wonderful facility for the community. We still have lots to do though, so if you can offer time, materials or construction skills please let us know. Thank you to all the Carterton Gymnastic Club members who have put their hearts and souls into this and deserve the very best facility to train in.

NEW! Comets Disability Gymnastics Class.

December 17th 2021


We are delighted to announce that The Vault will be running a brand new class for disabled participants who need to attend with a carer/supporter.

Our Comets class starts in January and runs on Saturday mornings from 11.30—12.30.

At The Vault, we are very keen that every person, whatever their ability or disability is able to benefit from access to the wonderful sport of gymnastics. From fundamental movement activity to elite gymnastics skills, disability gymnastics has something exciting, fun and engaging for everyone to enjoy.

The benefits to participants are far-reaching, with individuals not only increasing co-ordination and strength but also self-belief, perseverance and confidence. It provides an opportunity to step out of the comfort zone and be challenged in a safe environment, with coaches who are there to enable you to achieve your full potential. Our focus is on what you can do, not on what you can't.

​We currently have almost 100 young people with a wide variety of special needs, from autism to Angelman syndrome, participating in our mainstream classes, with some extra help from our coaches. However our Comets class will focus on those with more severe disabilities who need to attend with a carer/supporter.

With a maximum of 6 participants (plus carers) in the class, the sessions can be tailored to the needs of the individuals.

Give us a call on 01993 870778 to find out more and discuss your individual needs. You can pay individually for the first two sessions, without making a further commitment, to see if the class is right for you.

Have a look at our disability page to find out more about the facility and what we offer.

Medals For CGC As We Host Our First County Level Competition!

November 14th 2021

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CONGRATULATIONS to our squad gymnasts!

On the 14th November we hosted our first ever County Level competition in our new home, The Vault. The day saw seven clubs from across Oxfordshire compete in the Individual Apparatus Competition. 10 girls from Carterton competed against gymnasts from Wantage, Abingdon, Vision, Cherwell, Kennylands and Grove & Didcot, and came away with quite a medal haul.

Juliet, Lydia, Anabel and Baileigh all competed in round two with Lydia gaining Bronze on beam for the 9 to 10 age group and Baileigh and Anabel gaining joint silver on floor in the 11+ age group. Lola, Nia, Lily, Chloe, Jessica and Martha competed in round three. In the 12+ age group, Lola came away with gold on beam and bronze on floor and Lily took silver on floor and bronze on bars and beam. In the 10 to 11 age group, Chloe came away with gold on floor, bars and vault and Jessica gained silver on vault.

It was a tremendous day and the girls really did the club proud. The brand-new venue worked really well as a competition space and we would like to say a big thank you to the volunteers and staff who ensured the day ran smoothly and was a big success.

Special Offer Price For Tumblers Pre-School Sessions

November 10th 2021


At The Vault, we LOVE Christmas, so we are getting in the festive spirit early with a special offer on our Tumblers pre-school sessions.

Bring your little one for an hour of fun and activity on our gymnastics equipment for the reduced rate of just £4. Book online through our website, up to a week in advance. Various times and days available.

Please note that these are free-play sessions with a parent/guardian and are not coached, although a member of staff will be present for supervision purposes.

Debra Courtenay-Crane BEM Receives Her Medal

September 27th 2021


We were all thrilled to learn, back in January, that our Managing Director, Debra had been awarded the British Empire Medal in The Queen’s New Years Honours List.


This week Debra finally got to receive the medal when it was presented at a formal ceremony in Oxford. The presentation was made by the Queen’s representative, the Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire, Sir Tim Stevenson.


Debra has dedicated over 30 years of her life to gymnastics and Carterton Gymnastic Club and it is wonderful to see her decades of hard work being recognised. We hope you thoroughly enjoyed your special day Debra!

British Gymnastics to use The Vault as best practise case study for expansion and disability

August 14th 2021


We were delighted to welcome to The vault the CEO of British Gymnastics, Alastair Marks, and their Participation Director David Marshall, to see our new venue and all the hard work that has gone into creating it.

They were keen to hear our feedback on subjects such as membership, award schemes and courses and to use us as a sounding boards for issues clubs may encounter.

The feedback we received was incredibly positive and British Gymnastics have chosen to use The Vault as a best practice case study for club expansion and disability and described the club as ambassadors for the sport of gymnastics.

It was a pleasure to host them both and we look forward to inviting them back again in the future.

Summer Holiday Camps Get Top Reviews

August 9th 2021


The children have been having a wonderful time at our holiday camps, and we wanted to share some of the feedback:

"My 7 year old daughter has just done a week at the summer camp. She came home so happy and enthusiastic about what she had learned, the friends she made and loved the coaches. Great club."

"Wonderful club, amazing facilities and very supportive and friendly coaches. Can't recommend highly enough."

Next available camp: 23rd - 27th August.

JOB OPPORTUNITY - Calling all Level 2 gymnastics coaches!

July 6th 2021

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The Vault is proving to be a great success and we are now looking for another part-time, level 2 coach, ideally qualified in men's, women's and pre-school gymnastics.

The role would be 18 hours a week to start with, working a mix of days, evenings and weekends.

We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual who can use their previous coaching experience to deliver a high quality gymnastics experience for our members. As well as an ability to communicate well at all levels and work independently, team work and flexibility is vital to fulfilling this varied role.

The Vault is an inspiring place to work, with a friendly, family feel. If you are interested in joining our wonderful team, please call or email for a job description and further information.

01993 870778, cartertongymnastics@outlook.com.

Closing date: July 31st 2021.

Part-time job opportunities in our new cafe.

June 28th 2021

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Part-time job opportunities for ages 16 plus. 

We are gearing up to open our cafe at The Vault and are looking for staff to cover the following shifts: Monday to Thursday 3.30 - 6.30pm and Saturday 8-12am.

If you are aged 16 or over and are interested, please either email your CV and the shifts you would be interested in to cartertongymnastics@outlook.com or call 01993 870778 for more information.

Closing date is 18th July.

The Vault now offering a choice of adult exercise classes

June 10th 2021

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The Vault is now offering an exciting selection of adult exercise classes.

We currently have three exercise class partners offering the following classes:


  • Parent & Child Yoga, Wednesday 10 - 11am

  • Fundamentals of Yoga 8 wk course, Thursday 7.30 - 8.30pm

  • Vinyasa Yoga, Monday 7.30 - 8.30pm

  • Jazzercise, Wednesday 6.30 - 7.30pm

Find out more on our Exercise page.

Join our fun half term holiday club - one day or all week!

May 10th 2021


Are you looking for something fun to keep the children entertained and happy in the holidays? We run holiday club sessions for children aged 7-14 during the school holidays. 

The day runs from 9am to 3pm (early drop off can be arranged for a small fee) and is for children of all abilities from complete beginners to advanced. 

We still have some places left. It costs just £40 per day and you can book individual days or all week. Half term dates are Tuesday 1st June to Friday 4th June. 

For more information see our Holiday Club page.

Here it is!

March 19th 2021


Carterton Gymnastic Club finally has the home it deserves. Fully kitted out with brand new men's and women's kit and almost ready to welcome all our wonderful gymnasts on the 12th April. Not booked your place yet? Go to www.cartertongym.co.uk and click on book classes.

The countdown is on!

March 10th 2021


It's was another busy weekend at The Vault, and our raised platform for tumbling and vaulting into the pits is now built, carpeted and looking fabulous, ready for the kit to be installed next week.

We want to give a massive shout out to all the amazing volunteers who have been sacrificing their weekends to help us. We would not be doing this without you.

Special mentions go to Barry from ACE Training who has volunteered his time and expertise every weekend for months to get the raised platform constructed, the offices and toilets built and the ceilings on and boarded. A couple of his staff have also been in working hard alongside Barry as well as fitting our many doors. Still more to do, but you'll be able to put your feet up soon Barry! Also Colin, one of our coaches and adult gymnasts, who has worked really hard throughout this build process - thank you! Another mention goes to Paul of Affinity Structures for not only making sure everything we build is safe and up to standard, but also getting stuck in every weekend with a variety of tasks. We have had some wonderful help from our younger gymnasts too, who have spent hours painting and cleaning and generally helping out with great enthusiasm. Not to forget our wonderful director, Debra, who has been there from start to finish every single weekend, getting everyone organised and getting stuck into all the tasks, from painting and bricklaying, to laying carpet and the seemingly endless task of cleaning.

There are too many amazing people to mention everyone by name, but we are incredibly grateful to every single person who has given up their time to come and help. We are so proud of our gym family!

Major progress with the build! Lighting and heating on and the raised platform is being built.

February 15th 2021


We are so excited to announce that we now have heating, lighting, hot and cold running water and toilets in The Vault! The ceilings are on in the offices, kitchen and toilets and most of the walls are now painted.


Our amazing team of volunteers spent another long weekend working in The Vault, cleaning, painting and building. Huge progress was made building the raised platform for the main gym and underneath it hides a secret treasure trove of artwork, poems, pictures and quotes from our wonderful gymnasts - a snapshot of our club as we evolve.


We have been updating our supporter's page on the website, and it is a real testament to the support and generosity of the individuals and companies that have pitched in to make this amazing project a reality. We are so very grateful to you all - thank you.

Head Coach Debra honoured with a British Empire Medal in 2021 Queens New Years Honours

January 1st 2021

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What a couple of years it has been for our remarkable Head Coach and Director, Debra Courtenay-Crane, culminating in the great honour of receiving a British Empire Medal (BEM), for services to gymnastics, in this years Queens New Years Honours list.

This comes not long after receiving the BBC Sports Personality Unsung Hero award for the South in December 2019, as well as the British Gymnastics Pat English Lifetime Achievement Trophy.

Debra has dedicated over 30 years of her life to gymnastics and Carterton Gymnastic Club and as we near the completion of work on our new home, The Vault, she looks set to realise her lifetime ambition to create and run a dedicated gymnastics and sports facility for the whole community. 

It is so wonderful to see her decades of hard work being recognised, and we couldn't be prouder of her.