TriStars 21 is a gymnastics class for people with Down’s syndrome, run by Normanton Sports Acro and originally set up and funded by our group in 2014. The class is for children in primary school, so approximately age 4-11, and is very informal and welcomes children of all abilities. There is a mixture of group activities and apparatus work, and the class all work towards the accredited British Gymnastics badges. Through the group, the children develop their physical skills but also build their confidence and form friendships. They interact together, and watch and support each other.

Here’s some of what parents have said about it: “It’s helped a lot with co-ordination and balance. It’s nice she can work towards badges and have fun with her friends”, “It’s good that they can work at their own level and it doesn’t matter if they have an off-day!”.

There are currently a few places available for this popular group. If you’d like to find out more, get in touch with emma@downsyndrome-wakefield.co.uk.