is a well known fact that artistic and rhythmic gymnastics are
that need a particular infrastructure. Artistic gymnastics is a
precious sporting good that should be invested in.
results in the gymnastics disciplines are indicative of the
cultural level of a sporting nation. They express the humane and
pedagogic upbringing of children and young people, long-term
educational programs and qualified strategies for vocational
opening ceremony hinted at the ambitious goals the Vlaamse
Turnliga has set itself with this new training center.
to the opening of the center, four partners had met at a round
table: The Belgian sports organization Bloso, the region of East
Flanders, the city of Gent and the VTL:
agreement to build a top range sporting center was reached
on September 15, 2000
work began in November 2000
& Fritsen began working on the interior of the building
in Mai 2001
center was opened on 29 June 2001
total cost of the center is approximately 67 million BEF (about
3,25 million DM).
cost was reduced by an intelligent concept -
the center cooperates closely with the Bloso Topsporthal
Vlaanderen - venue of the 35th World Artistic
impressive complex is part of
the sports and leisure center "de
Blaarmeersen" which also includes facilities for
rowing and canoeing, tennis courts and large areas of
green. The construction of "House of Sports",
which is to house all sports federations, is imminent
and in 2002 a sports hotel will be built.
GYM center, right behind
the Bloso Sports Center
terms of usage
are specific times and terms for elite sports: artistic
gymnastics, acrobatics and tumbling. Rhythmic gymnastics and
trampoline are to follow soon.
The center is divided into 18 individual zones.
The zones can be rented for 30 minute sessions for eight
athletes and one qualified coach/instructor by clubs of
different levels. The flat rate per zone is 50 BEF (=1,25 €),
i.e. 5 sessions of 2,5 hrs cost 250 BEF = 5,25 €. A club that
trains 4 times a week (26x4) will have to pay around 100 € per
month, i.e. 12,50 € per athlete (about 25 DM).
A season ticket for elite athletes costs 10,000 BEF (about 485
DM = 248 €). National team members may train free of charge.
Locally and regionally based groups only pay 80% of the flat
rate. Groups belonging the VTL only pay 70% of the flat rate.
in September, a full-time Bloso official will coordinate and
implement the terms of usage for the center.
July and August, "open days" with free training
sessions, clinics and exhibitions will give school groups, PE teachers
and students a feel for the center. Their aim is to make gymnastics more
popular and give teachers an incentive to include it in PE classes
October 20, the center will be turned into the warm-up and
training gym for the 35th
World Artistic Gymnastics Championships by Janssen & Fritsen,
official suppliers of the world championships, since touch warm-ups have
been eliminated by decision of the FIG Council.
(E. Herholz / Translation:
Details of "TOPGYMNASTIEKHAL"