With the U.S. Olympic girls’ gymnastics team having just snagged the gold in Rio, parents throughout the country can anticipate their children’s pleas to sign up for gymnastics classes. What young girl wouldn’t want to follow in the footsteps of this year’s “Final Five”…Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Madison Kocian, and Laurie Hernandez? And with fall just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to register, as most gymnastics schools are announcing their fall classes.
Home to state, regional and national champions, Arena Gymnastics has one of the longest running and most successful programs in the Northeast, according to the teams’ head coaches, Frank and Laurie DeFrancesco, who have run the competitive program for over 30 years and place the highest priority on safety and precision. “The success of our gymnasts speaks to the quality of Arena’s stellar coaching staff,” Laurie explains. “In 2016 alone, Arena teams were collectively awarded multiple state team titles, as well as 42 individual state championship titles, 3 regional championship titles and one national championship title.”
Since its inception, Arena Gymnastics in Stamford has been committed to setting the standard for gymnastics instruction, skill development, and learning, according to Laurie. “Our primary goal is to provide an environment in which our students are encouraged to develop their individual skills, with an emphasis on fun, sportsmanship, and safety,” she says.
The company’s staff of instructors is dedicated to teaching the ingredients—concentration, determination, form, and flexibility—necessary to attain self-confidence through personal achievement. “The children are kept active and engaged in the program’s small classes, while learning important and safe ways to pursue their gymnastics goals in our state-of-the-art 13,000 square foot facility,” Laurie explains.
Arena specializes in gymnastics, offering co-ed preschool classes, girls’ and boys’ after school classes, and two separate competitive girls’ programs. The Arena Xcel Team, which competes several times each year within Connecticut as well as regionally, and the Arena Junior Olympic Team, well known nationally. At Arena, there is a place for every gymnast, ensuring that each child reaches his or her full gymnastics potential.
“Gymnastics teaches the fundamentals of all sports,” Laurie concludes. “Whether you become a competitive gymnast or go on to participate in other sports, gymnastics training will increase your strength, flexibility and body control, making you a stronger athlete.” For class info visit arenagymnastics-ct.com or call 203-357-8167.