Cardiff Central Youth Club gets funding boost for gymnastics equipment

October 17, 2012 No Comments »

Football freestyle Abbas Farid, who does his acrobatics training at Cardiff Central Youth Club.

Cardiff Central Youth Club has received a funding boost for new gymnastics equipment after partnering up with recycling and waste company Viridor.

The youth club, which is based in Ocean Way, has been offering gymnastics training to children from across the city for years, and has developed a wide range of classes including free running, cheerleading, and football freestyle, taught by leading UK football freestyler, Abbas Farid.

Now Viridor, who are the firm behind the controversial energy-from-waste plant at Trident Park in Splott, have launched a long-term partnership with the club, and will begin with an investment boost for the upgrade of the club’s gymnastics equipment.

To mark the new partnership Abbas Farid, who has won the UK title of Freestyle King, choreographed a new freestyle routine which was filmed at Trident Park. Watch Abbas’ video below.

Jason Ali, manager of Cardiff Central Youth Club, said he hoped the new equipment would help them to continue to produce elite athletes.

He said: “The Youth Club is going from strength to strength and being able to work with Viridor on a long term partnership will help will help us continue our rich history of producing talented Welsh gymnasts.”

Tessa Nash, from Viridor in Wales, said the company wanted to work with the communities near its £200 million development at Trident Park.

She added: “Cardiff Central Youth Club is an amazing place that is making a positive difference to hundreds of children’s lives, so choosing to work with them was a given.

“We hope our partnership with the club will help them find future stars like Abbas, and are looking forward to working with them in the long term.”

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