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Abuse Allegations (July 2020)

Dear Members

Recent allegations about HGC

I am sure that you will have heard about or have seen on social media, a number of allegations that have been made about HGC by three former members of the Club.

I am heart broken that such allegations as these have been made. The Club entirely refutes them. We take pride in the fact that we have for many years introduced thousands of young people to gymnastics and have been privileged to share in their journey through the sport. We value the long lasting relationships that we have with our gymnasts and their families and never lose sight of the fact that whilst our sport demands long hours of hard work and commitment from all those involved, it is in the end about the enduring friendships and enjoyment of our sport that matters most to our members. We never forget the commitment that parents and very often siblings of our gymnasts make, as well as the gymnasts themselves and in return we put their wellbeing as our priority, whether they be elite gymnasts or one of the hundreds of children who come along for sessions once a week.

It is therefore important that when allegations such as these are made that they are fully and properly investigated. That is essential not just to our sport but also to the staff, members and families of HGC and to the complainants themselves. For that reason our Chairman has today written to British Gymnastics to invite our governing body to extend the Terms of Reference of Jane Mulcahy QC, the leading sports lawyer appointed by British Gymnastics, to undertake a review of recent complaints to include those made against HGC so that there can be a full and independent assessment of the allegations that have been made. We will of course assist with an independent review in every way that we can.

I and my staff have been greatly heartened by the many messages of support and positive recollections by both current and former members of their time with us. These have meant a great deal to us – thank you.

Yours Sincerely
HGC Management

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