New society receives over 100 recruits in first week

By Ross Barnett

De Montfort University’s latest society, DMU Gymnastics, received more than 100 sign ups throughout its first Freshers’ Week.

dmu gymnasticsNassar Kaliisa, a media and communication student, was the inspiration behind the setting up of the society.

He said: “We got a lot of people at the Freshers’ Fair. I started it by putting a message in all of the Freshers’ groups and Alannah [Christianson] saw the message and did a good job in getting some of the dance people involved.”

They meet at New College Leicester at 8pm on a Friday night plus there are stretching classes on Thursdays that are open to anyone.

All abilities are welcome at the society, as Ritu Varier explained: “We’ve got loads of people who have never experienced gymnastics before so we have to try to accommodate everyone.

“If you have done gymnastics before, then the coach allows some time to be allocated to what you know and likewise, those who haven’t are able to practice what they have learnt in those sessions.”

The women can take advantage of the full four set which includes the floor, vault, balance beams and uneven bars. For men, the full six set is available which includes the floor, vault, parallel bars, rings, pommel horse and uneven bars.

“I wasn’t really [surprised that DMU didn’t already have a gymnastics society],” said Nassar. “What really pushed me [to set it up] is that I have a strong social media following.

“I was always aware there was no gymnastics at DMU but I had friends who encouraged me to set it up and basically told me that I might as well start it.”

Alannah Christianson, a third year dance and art and festival management student, explained how it helped her in her dance classes: “I find it helps with some of the stuff that I am unable to do in my dance studio classes as I can head to the gym and practice so I would say that gymnastics has been beneficial to me for my course.”

Despite the society only being a few weeks old, Ritu says they are looking towards entering competitions for the first time.

“It depends on what members are interested in [if we enter any competitions] . However, there is one in Birmingham on December 9 and another in Leicester on the February 10.”

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