28 Rowsley Road
East Sussex BN20 7XS
Tel: 01323 730467
Chris and Cheryl Pinch set up C.A.C.L. Sports in 1981 for the children of Eastbourne and its surrounding areas. In that time, C.A.C.L. has been responsible for the coaching of thousands of young people of every age from three to eighteen.
Chris and Cheryl, who founded C.A.C.L., are qualified PE teachers having trained at Loughborough and Chelsea College, and they both hold a range of coaching qualifications.
Starting with a handful of children doing gym and football holiday courses in 1981, in a small field in Meads (there were no sports facilities in the town), C.A.C.L. then moved to Ocklynge School to hold weekly gym classes with the help of the sport fanatic and former Headteacher Alan Clarke.
The sports coaching developed to a point where it was necessary for C.A.C.L. to find its own premises and, when St Elisabeth’s Hall on Victoria Drive became available Chris and Cheryl took it upon themselves to transform the hall into an Olympic-style centre.
With much invention and hard work and trekking across England to pick up equipment, the C.A.C.L. Gym Club established itself as one of the best in the area winning a number of competitions and becoming National Champions in various categories of the British Sports Acro Championships.
In addition, some 15 years ago, they created their own Sports and Movement Centre by initiating the first pre-school in the country for three to five year olds where, each day, the children experience a comprehensive movement programme based on co-ordination work, ball play skills and creative movement in a fully equipped gymnasium, in addition to their normal pre-school activity work.
Chris and Cheryl both have a firm belief that the earlier a child is exposed to movement and co-ordination skills – provided it is in a creative and positive environment – the more responsive and quicker they will develop their gross motor skills.
One of the main aims of the centre was to develop confidence of the children through co-ordination, movement and ball play.
The children are from different social and cultural backgrounds and include children with a variety of special needs.
A number of primary schools in the area have commented over the years on the confidence and enthusiasm of children in PE who have attended the centre.
In 2001, Chris and Cheryl moved the club to The University of Brighton providing excellent facilities for weekly gymnastics and football sessions, coaching over 400 children a week and popular football and gym holiday camps. Weekly gym sessions also take place at the Hailsham Community College Sports Hall.
Footballers and gymnasts of all abilities and ages continue to enjoy the coaching that C.A.C.L. provides and now some original members are bringing their children to benefit from the coaching.
"We appreciate the excellent football coaching that the children receive every Saturday morning. It is so great that the children see the enthusiasm in the coaches that train them every week. Our boys really enjoy it."