Gymnastics Centres in Mumbai


Dipa Karmakar won gold medal in vault at the recently concluded World Cup in Turkey.After her dream run in 2016 Rio Olympics where she missed out on a medal by a whisker,this was her second noteworthy performance after staying away from the game owing to injury.Gymnastics was not a popular sport in India until Dipa’s performance changed the mindset of youngsters to pursue a career in this sport. However for gymnasts the key ingredient is to have proper training at a world class institute. Prabhodankar Thackeray Krida Sankul at Vile Parle is one such centre in Mumbai where several aspiring gymnasts across the city train.The institute is the only one to have International Gymnastics Federation Certificate. Harish Parab, head coach at PTKS says that it takes close to 2 crores for a full setup of the institute of international standard.The closest centre to Mumbai is Balewadi in Pune. However the poor facilities are hampering the game as govt.grants are hard to come by. The sport also requires a dedicated space ,a minimum of Rs.10000 sq feet.Furthermore shortage of good coaches is another area of concern.A coach need to be a gymnast or must receive training in that specific skill set. Parents are now encouraging their children to try gymnastics. The sport involves three key aspects namely concentration,agility and stamina.It is the mother of all games as pointed out by Suhar Lohar,head coach at Andheri Sports Complex.

So if you want to take up gymnastics,below are the 4 major training centres in Mumbai.
1.Shree  Samarth Vyayam Mandir
   At Shivaji Park,Dadar West
   Min.Age-5 years
   Rs.30 per month
2.Prabhodankar Thackeray Krida Sankul
   At Vile Parle East
   Min.Age-4 years
   Cost-Rs.24000 per year
3.Shahaji Raje Krida Sankul
   At Veera Desai Road,Andheri West
   Min Age-4 years
   Cost-Rs.1600 for 3 months
4.Goregaon Sports Club
   At Link Road,Malad West
   Min.Age-2 years
   Cost-Rs.1000 per month
   Rs.1500 per month for kids below 5 years.
-By Shailesh Padhye