Gymnastics Learning Center in Shrewsbury celebrates 40 years


Gymnastics Learning Center in Shrewsbury celebrates 40 years
Gymnastics Learning Center is celebrating its 40th anniversary. (photo/Courtesy)

SHREWSBURY – The Gymnastics Learning Center (GLC) is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

Marianne Frongillo founded GLC in 1983. Gymnastics has been an integral part of her life since she began competing at Shrewsbury High School in the 1970s.

“I love the sport because it provides physical strength, endurance, balance and athletic skills that build upon each other so that the gymnast’s accomplishments and confidence grow in increments along the way,” Frongillo said.

GLC has a state-of-the-art air conditioned gym with a spring floor exercise mat, in-ground foam landing pit, in-ground trampoline and tumble trak and competition equipment like balance beams, vaulting horse, uneven parallel bars and specialized equipment for preschoolers.

The center also has highly-experienced coaches who are Safety and Safe Sport Certified, and many of the coaches have been with GLC for decades. 

GLC gymnasts have competed at the state, regional and national level, and several of their competitive gymnasts have received college scholarships based on the skills they mastered at GLC.

“More important than the countless awards and medals GLC gymnasts have earned is GLC’s philosophy to help develop happy, healthy, confident, strong children through a caring and positive learning environment,” said Frongillo. “GLC recognizes that the greatest gift we can give our students is to build self-esteem through pride in mastering skills, which leads to confidence in the ability to succeed in life beyond the gym.”

She said GLC’s greatest accomplishment over the years is reflected in its mission statement “building the pride inside” of each student.

“It is wonderful to reflect back on how much GLC has grown and made its mark at state, regional and national gymnastic competitions over the past 40 years due to the devotion of its expert coaching staff,” said Frongillo.

She said the most rewarding aspect has been to see multiple generations of students fall in love with the sport, and it’s heartwarming to see former students bring their children and grandchildren to GLC. 

Beyond their gymnastics programs, GLC operates a nationally accredited preschool and kindergarten, and during the summer, GLC offers half- and full-day gym and swim camps. Registration is open for camps and summer gym classes.

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