GYMNASTS could be left with nowhere to train in the run up to the 2012 Olympics following the announcement that their former base is going to be demolished.
Hillingdon Council have taken the decision to tear down the Swallows dome building in Victoria Road, South Ruislip, to replace it with a youth centre.
The news has angered campaigners who have been fighting to get Hillingdon School of Gymnastics back in the building since they were forced to vacate it in April.
John Cox, one of the directors of the not-for-profit company set up to find the club a home, said: "We hoped to be allowed to reopen the Victoria Road premises to allow us time to establish a suitable alternative site.
"It will be a sad blow for the hundreds of local children who have enjoyed gymnastics. It is particularly difficult for the squad gymnasts who have continued training at a number of different venues. We are working to find them somewhere suitable, but it isn’t easy."
However, two of the directors met up with Sue Drummond, the council's head of sport and leisure, yesterday (Tues) to try and find an alternative site.
Speaking before the meeting director Chris Evans said: "We are meeting up with Sue to see what is happening with the new gymnastics facility they are building in Botwell Green.
"There may well be some possibility of us using it but not all of the gymnasts will be able to get to Hayes. We are still looking at other premises as well but it's still a bit up in the air at the moment.
"The club has lost a lot of the squad gymnasts and all the recreational classes and parent and toddler groups have been out on hold."
The base in Victoria Road was closed after the former owners, Mike and Tania Swallow, backed out of a court case with the council, who were trying to recover £97,000 in business rates it claimed the club owed.
As well as a youth centre the councilwill also build a new library on the site of the current one, an adult education facility and flats above the library.