The Academy is housed within the Benfield Centre for Sporting Excellence adjacent to Benfield School.

The facilities were designed to be of a size and flexibility to accommodate simultaneous working groups of gymnasts of different levels and disciplines in a structured development programme.

The facilities enable quality delivery of the gymnastics element of the National Physical Education programme in partnership with Benfield School and City Primary Schools, and assist with their curricular and extra-curricular activities in gymnastics.

The Academy occupies the following:

  • Gymnastics Hall – 2,336 sq. m., capable of being segregated in to two areas
    •   one for performance development and the other for recreational gymnastics
  • Separate changing facilities for recreation and performance use
    • designed to accommodate 112 gymnasts at a time
  • Gymnastics Office and Coaches’ Room
    • for Gymnastics Manager, Director of Coaching and Coaches
  • Spectator seating area with seating for 300
  • Social/refreshments area with view in to Recreational Gymnastics Hall
  • Club Room – facilities accessed on shared basis with Sports Centre
    •  for lectures, seminars, workshops and meetings
  • Space for visiting coaches and judges

More than gymnastics

As well as gymnastics, the Benfield Centre hosts a separate sports hall for:

  • Newcastle Football Development Scheme
    • NFDS Nursery Programme
  • Northumberland Badminton Centre
  • Benfield Community Basketball Club
  • Taekwon-do
  • The Shelley Dobson School of Dance
  • Team Northumbria NSL Netball Superleague
  • Outdoor Astro Turf


There are many children living in the North East who have neither the means nor support to discover Gymnastics and enjoy the benefits that this fantastic sport can bring to their lives.

At CNGA we want to continue to reach out into local communities and offer an inclusive environment that provides safe, fun and rewarding experiences for all children irrespective of their background, age, gender or ability. Who knows – a future Olympic Champion could be living in our community right now!

Help us to keep Gymnastics financially accessible to youngsters in the North East – we can only do this with the generous support of donors and fundraisers like you.

CNGA is a registered charity (No. 1107773)