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Stafford gymnasts achieve record representation at National Finals



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Ref: HWPR078                                                      Date: 10th May 2019


Stafford gymnasts achieve record representation at National Finals


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This month, hard work, commitment and quality coaching will see a squad of 20 keen, young gymnasts from a local club in Stafford compete at theNational Acrobatic Finalsin Stoke-on-Trent.

On May 18 and 19 at Fenton Manor Sports Complex judges will assess seven pairs and two trios of eight to 17-year olds from Stafford Gymnastics Club as they compete for top honours with the support of a local accountancy firm.

Chartered certified accountants Howards has helped the club to buy state-of-the-art equipment so that the youngsters can practice acro-gymnastic skills at their training sessions. The firm also supports the club with funding for publicity and promotion to recruit keen young gymnasts.

Club owner Emma Hunt says: "Over the past three years we have built up our membership and interest in acro-gymnastics has grown rapidly in Stafford. We are delighted that the hard work of so many of our gymnasts has paid off this year, with the club having a record number of representatives at this year's finals, competing for top titles nationally."

The team of 51 gymnasts won 20 gold, 15 silver and four bronze medals in the West Midlands regional qualifiers held in March.

Howards' Richard Taylor adds, "As the largest firm of accountants in Stafford we support many local businesses and sole traders - some of whom use this gym with their families. We are keen to support the community in whatever way we can. All of us at Howards would like to wish the girls the very best of luck!"

The annual National Acrobatics contest sees hundreds of boys and girls aged eight years and over showcase their choreography skills, strength and flexibility across a two-day competition for prestigious titles.  

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Caption: Pictured front row (left to right) are: Amelie Taylor, Rosie George, Sophie Wain, Grace Taylor, Lexie Banks. Middle row: Isobel Barker, Carisma Baskeyfield, Ella Green, Ella Crutchley, Katie Holyoake, Saffron Ingham, Lacey O'Neil, Grace Miller, Berty Thorpe. Back row: Freya Johnson, Lottie Valentine, Emma Hunt (Head Coach), Richard Taylor (Howards), Dave Lee (Squad Coach), Mia Broomhall, Layla Owen.


About Howards

Howards was founded in 2005 following the merger of Barrington's and Wood & Co, two well-established and successful Stafford firms of accountants. The combined experience and areas of individual expertise that the company now enjoys has been passed on to its clients, who all benefit from Howards' deeper knowledge base and wider range of professional services. The senior team comprises managing director Matt Bailey, director and commercial and taxation specialist Ryan Hudson, office manager and group company secretary Joanne Austin, senior manager Nick Archer, accounts manager Clive Boult, payroll manager Karen Evans and managers Rachael Wilson, Joe Dimambro and Chris Glue.


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