Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Academy Call on Gymnast for Help

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Academy Call on Gymnast for Help

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UNITED have taken tentative steps to improving their academy structure by teaming up with Olympic bronze-medal gymnast Beth Tweddle.

Tweddle, who won three World Championships gold medals, has set up her own Manchester-based company, Total Gymnastics, which aims to increase children's sport participation in the city.

United have collaborated with Tweddle after they recognised their young players were, according to the club website: 'losing their basic movement skills associated with early years' outdoor play'.

"We know there is a real opportunity to improve children's basic movement skills and that's why we are working so hard with our after- school Total Gymnastics classes and our in-demand primary schools curriculum," Cheshire-raised Tweddle said.

"We are delighted to be working with the young players at the world's leading academy. This is a fantastic experience for me and my staff and exciting to think that we may be helping to develop the next world-class player to be produced through the United Academy. …

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