Lottery boost for gymnastics centre

A GYMNASTICS centre in Ipswich has welcomed its newest addition - a giant inflatable lottery ball.

A GYMNASTICS centre in Ipswich has welcomed its newest addition - a giant inflatable lottery ball.

The ball is making an appearance at Gymnastics in Ipswich to highlight the good causes funded by The National Lottery.

Since 1999, The National Lottery has invested over �1million to develop the centre in Gainsborough, which has produced 20 national champions and hundreds of competitors.

One of those is Amber Russell, a national gymnastics medal winner and now a coach for four to seven-year-olds at the centre.

The 16-year-old said: “As I progressed as a gymnast, the centre built an extension and bought high-quality equipment, which gave me and others the chance to be the best in our field.

“Lottery funding has also meant we've been able to take on more coaches to improve the high-quality coaching on offer.”

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The National Lottery ball's appearance at Gymnastics in Ipswich is part of a UK-wide roadshow, which aims to bring to life the diverse range of projects that benefit from the �25million raised for good causes by Lottery players each week.

Rebecca Neale, from The National Lottery, said: “We hope that Amber's story will help make people more aware of how lottery funding has benefited their local community.”