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Acropolis – Gymnasts In A League Of Their Own

September 28, 2013 Leave a comment

SIX North-East gymnasts will make their latest television appearance tomorrow night (Friday, September 27).

Acropolis, based at Deerness Gymnastics Academy, will feature on A League of their Own, on Sky One at 9pm, when sporting celebrities will be asked to replicate some of their acrobatic gymnastics displays.

Coach Stuart Thompson said: “It was great for Acropolis and Deerness Gymnastics Academy to be approached by such a popular TV show and then appear alongside some sporting legends.

“Although gymnastics is hugely popular, acrobatics is a lesser-known discipline and it’s great to be able to showcase it to an audience of millions.”

The group, based in Ushaw Moor, County Durham, recently finished second in the French television talent contest The Best le Meilleur Artiste and last year won ITV1’s Let’s Get Gold.

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via Gymnasts are in a league of their own From The Northern Echo.


Citizen’s Advice Bureau outreach sessions – Ushaw Moor

September 16, 2013 Leave a comment


The Durham Citizen’s Advice Bureau will hold an outreach drop-in session at the Sure Start Centre in Ushaw Moor from 11am to noon on Thursday, September 19

via Citizen’s Advice Bureau outreach sessions From The Northern Echo.

Acropolis prove a hit in France From The Northern Echo

September 7, 2013 Leave a comment

A GROUP of gymnasts have reached the final of a French TV talent show.

Acropolis, a team of eight gymnasts from the successful Deerness Gymnastics Academy near Durham City, were invited to perform on a show called ‘The Best: Le Meilleur Artiste’ after producers saw their winning performance on ITV’s ‘Let’s Get Gold’ in 2012.

In the seven heats leading to the final, the gymnasts aged from 13 to 22 have been competing against stiff competition from another 84 professional acts from around the world. The show’s judges and audience rewarded the group an impressive score of 17.7 out of 20 for their acrobatic performance to Adele’s ‘Set Fire to the

“This is a great opportunity for Acropolis and Deerness Gymnastics Academy” said Stuart Thompson, coach and head of acrobatics at the academy. “We didn’t really think about making it through when there were so many other world-class acts performing. The reaction of the live audience and the comments from the Jury were just amazing.”

Getting to the final of the competition follows a number of recent achievements. Deerness Gymnastic Academy was named Tumbling Club of the Year in the North of England Gymnastics Awards. The club has also won a string of British, European and world titles, producing more than 60 Team GB athletes.

Mr Thompson said: “Getting to the final is a fantastic achievement but, now that we are there, we know it will be very hard.

“Our act includes either gymnasts who work full time or still attend school, and perform as Acropolis in their spare time in order to raise income for the club.”

The prize includes 100,000 euros and the final show will be broadcast on September 13 on TF1 in France.

via Gymnasts prove a hit in France From The Northern Echo.