SALTO Gymnastics Club is located at the SALTO Centre, a fantastic facility hosting a range of gymnastic and leisure activities for all ages and abilities. The centre is open seven days a week.

SALTO keeps making history

The club competes regularly in competitions at all levels and in all disciplines of the sport. Over the years SALTO has had winners at every level from Novice to Club, County, Regional, National and even internationally to World Champion.

The club’s own annual competition also gives all recreational club members the opportunity to win a medal, boosting confidence and nurturing a huge sense of pride in what they have achieved at SALTO. It’s not all about winning, though: our Christmas Show and annual awards are a showcase for all our gymnasts to demonstrate their skills to family and friends in a fun, non-competitive environment.

The origins of SALTO

SALTO Gymnastics Club was founded in 1995 as a merger between Stopsley Gym Club (SGC) and Luton Gym Club (LGC), whose origins go back even further. The new name came from the two merged clubs (Stopsley and Luton Town Olympic Gymnastics Club), but was also inspired by the gymnastic term for somersault: salto.

SGC and LGC had been rivals since they were formed in the early 1970s, providing local youngsters the chance to participate in the sport of gymnastics. Occasionally combining for joint training sessions, the clubs’ gymnasts developed a friendly rivalry when competing against each other at County, Regional and National Artistic Championships.

Both clubs had many claims to fame. The girls of LGC formed the nucleus of the British Gymnastics squad in the early days, while SGC had their star in Eddie van Hoof. After a successful competitive career, Eddie is now Great Britain’s Head National Coach for Men’s Gymnastics.

A new story begins

By the mid-1990s, both clubs had moved premises but were struggling for space in the face their growing popularity. When the Eastern Region Sports Council announced plans to create a new specialist sporting facility in Luton, LGC and SGC realised they needed to combine to secure the facility as a new home. SALTO was born as a gymnastics club and UK-registered charity.

In October 1996, SALTO had moved its whole operation to a temporary location and began the hunt for a site for a new purpose-built facility. Thanks to amazing fundraising efforts, courageous decisions by the Trustees and thousands of man-hours generously donated by supporters, in November 2004 we moved into the SALTO Centre. Since then, continuous investment in apparatus, new rooms, heating, lighting and sound systems, disabled persons lift access has developed the SALTO Centre into the impressive facility in which we are now fortunate enough to train.

Olympic legacy

In 2013, a Sport England Inspired Facilities Grant – part of the legacy funding from London 2012 – resulted in the reconfiguration of the SALTO Centre, the addition of training pits and a huge investment in new apparatus. The next phase of our development will be the investment is new and improved seating which will make spectating at events or simply watching the members train a more comfortable and enjoyable experience.