A STATE-of-the-art new gymnastics facility opened in Easter Ross was this week hailed "a dream come true" by an award-winning local coach who has worked for years to see the project come to fruition.
Sonny Rhind, head coach of Fyrish Gymnastics Club, made his remarks as the doors finally opened in Alness on the first dedicated facility in the Highlands.
Packed with some of the best equipment in the UK, gymnasts from the region can now access classes six days a week in the new gym.
Mr Rhind, a community stalwart who has scooped coach of the year awards for his work with gymnasts, said: "This is a dream come true for me and for the club. We have been working towards this for many years and to see it come to fruition is fantastic.
"The reactions from the youngsters this week has been a joy to see and we hope to enable many more young people to join our sport."
Delivering to around 800 young people each week, Fyrish offers classes in gymnastics and parkour to children aged two to 18. The club has also reintroduced a popular adult gymnastics classes.
Fyrish also offers opportunities for volunteering, leadership and coaching in their facility in Alness.
Coaches benefit from in-house training and a mentor programme which is also available to young people and coaches from other clubs across the north.
The club had previously been run out of the Alness Leisure Centre. The new facility, which boasts a special sprung floor, is on the Teaninich Industrial Estate.
Claire Bath, club chairperson, said: "Thanks to a huge community effort the club has finally opened this fabulous facility. Young people in this area will benefit from the opportunities provided here for many years to come."
The club has a history of training and supporting young coaches who, it is hoped, will take up positions in the club.
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