Club History

A little about Us!

St. Albert Gymnastics Club was formed in January 1975, when a group of parents felt that there was a need for a gymnastics club in St. Albert. A market survey was done to determine the interest in gymnastics in the community. On October 9, 1975, the SAGC was incorporated, under the Societies Act, in the Province of Alberta.

The club began offering its services in Lorne Akins School with the use of the school’s equipment. It was subsequently relocated in a number of schools such as Paul Kane, William D. Cuts, Bertha Kennedy Elementary School, St. Albert High School and Sir George Simpson Junior High.

While in Sir George Simpson, the Club’s registration increased to over 225 members, employing approximately 15 coaches and two part-time program heads. Because of limited space and time constraints imposed by the school, the Club was unable to grow to meet the ever-increasing demand from the community. The Board decided the time had come to move into a permanent facility. In December of 1990, with the help of many volunteers, 7,500 sq. ft at #12, 8 Riel Drive, was leased and renovated to become the new home of the St. Albert Gymnastics Club.

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As of 1994, the Club was operating seven days per week and its membership was in excess of 500 members. The Club employed 37 part-time coaches, two part-time program heads and one full-time administrator. The venture into a leased facility proved to be a very sound business decision. It allowed the Club to service close to 300 additional members and employed an additional 22 coaches.

In 1994, the Club again found the need to expand, taking over the bay next door. This expansion was necessary due to expanding programs, and the need for a gymnastics “pit”. The “pit” was used to train difficult moves to all levels of competitive and advanced recreation. The expansion also allowed for more rotations, thus enabling the Club to expand our client base.

On February 12, 1994, a Re-dedication Ceremony attended by Mayor Anita Rachinsky and the two M.L.A.’s saw the opening of this new addition. Also in 1994, the SAGC hosted the gymnastics contingent of the Alberta Winter Games. The event, which is hosted every two years, saw 2200 athletes come to St. Albert from all over Alberta. The gymnastics events included Trampoline & Tumbling, Men’s Artistic, and Women’s Artistic. Eighty volunteers were needed over four days to set up, run the meet, and take down. Overall, it was a very positive experience for the Club. The hard work of the Club’s volunteers generally made the Gymnastics Competition the most well-attended and best-organized event of the Games.

In the 13 years that SAGC occupied the same location annual lease costs more than doubled. In 2002 the building was sold and the lease was about to expire. St. Albert Gymnastics Club decided it was time to move and put in an offer to purchase on our current location that was being used as a church/racquetball facility. The building required considerable renovations to retrofit it into a gym facility. Renovation costs were budgeted and relied heavily on a huge contingency of volunteer labor. The Board of the day were successful and obtained a community Grant to help purchase the building and pay for renovations.

In April, 2005 the purchase was complete and by the fall of 2005 the gym was fully operational!

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