New academy to cater for Boston gymnasts

Kim Hughes and Kim Glasel who are founding the Boston Gymnastics academy in Butterwick
Kim Hughes and Kim Glasel who are founding the Boston Gymnastics academy in Butterwick

Children and adults in the Boston area will have access to a brand-new dedicated gymnastics facility by the end of the year.

A new group called Boston Gymnastics Academy has been set up by two Kims – gymnast Kim Glasel and business partner Kim Hughes.

An artist's impression of part of the interior of the facility.

An artist's impression of part of the interior of the facility.

The pair have just secured a large premises in Butterwick – where they are investing thousands to provide the perfect site for gymnasts of all ages and abilities to use.

“Gymnastics has been a part of my life since I was seven,” said Miss Glasel, 26. “I always wanted to be a gymnast but teachers at school used to say to me it’s not a real job.

“I have always wanted to have my own club too – and there’s the opportunity here now to go for it.”

Miss Glasel, 26, has run satellite clubs at schools in the past and also teaches PE at St Thomas Primary School in Boston.

She and Kim Hughes currently work at a gymnastics club based at the PRSA.

The pair are investing more than £50,000 in the equipment alone for the new site, in School Lane.

Work began on the premises on Saturday, with the facility expected to open before Christmas.

“We are going to offer all classes from beginners through to competition standard,” Miss Glasel explained.

“We can’t offer pre-school classes – but we can have parent and child classes so they can come in and supervise them.

“We will be entering all the county and regional competitions - and will also offer some gym fit programmes which offer exercise classes.”

Their academy will coach all different types of gymnastics but they are particularly keen to take the women’s artistic side of gymnastics further. This is for girls who do bars and vaults.

Their dream has been helped along by the generosity of others – with partners and friends carrying out some of the work to the facility. Kim Hughes’ husband, who is an electrician, doing all the necessary work, while Kim Glasel’s partner Nathan, a carpenter, is making the benches for the changing rooms.

Miss Glasel added: “Everybody seems really pleased for us.”