Gymnastics academy to open in Scotts Valley
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Jan 22, 2010 | 4822 views | 13 13 comments | 62 62 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A gymnastics academy is on the horizon for Scotts Valley.

The only one of its kind in the city, the school aims to offer youths and adults alike a flipping good time, owner Vernon Vargas said.

The Vargas Academy of Gymnastic Arts is slated to open next month at 1300 Green Hills Road. The new 5,000-square-foot gym is for children as young as 18 months up through adults, and it can serve up to 700 students.

“There’s definitely a need for more youth activities in Scotts Valley,” Vargas said. “I’m really excited; my dreams are coming true, finally.”

The gym will offer classes in preschool gymnastics, tumbling and trampoline work, cheer, parkour and aerial arts, as well as teen and adult classes, competitive teams, birthday parties and open gym time, Vargas said.

“Parkour is really cool. It’s basically running, jumping and flipping off walls, buildings and poles,” Vargas said. “It’s really popular. MTV recently aired a show that featured parkour.”

Vargas started in gymnastics at the ripe age of 6. After 11 years of competitive gymnastics, he made the transition to coaching. Most recently, he trained students at Santa Cruz Sports Central for three years as the director of the facility’s tumbling and trampoline program.

“I wanted to start my own gymnastics facility, because I have been coaching gymnastics for over 20 years,” Vargas said. “It’s about time, and I am so excited.”

At a glance

• WHAT: Vargas Academy of Gymnastic Arts opens in Scotts Valley

• WHEN: Soft opening, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 1; grand opening, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 13

• WHERE: 1300 Green Hills Road

• INFO: 438-8242 or www.vargasacademy.com

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June Bug
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January 31, 2010
Vernie, You are amazing with the children and my girl can not wait to use your new facility as well. You are always cheerful and I hear you when I'm teaching in my class how positive you are to the kids. I love that so much. WOW what an exciting opportunity for you to have your own gym. I'm real happy for you Vernie. June Bug
cmmook
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January 28, 2010
not only has vern been my best friend for over 15 years, he's been my inspiration, my motivation, my toughest critic, and my strongest support. his work ethic leaves me gasping for breath. his infinitely positive energy is blinding. he is passionate about gymnastics and compassionate about his students, their parents, and his staff. vern loves what he does, and that love is contagious. he is both consistent and encouraging in his coaching. anyone who works with children should be required to observe vern's instruction as well as his interactions with his students. he brings out the best in his students. no other gym is even capable of providing what vargas academy of gymnastic arts already provides.
colinroberson
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January 27, 2010
My son wakes up everyday and asks if it is Vaulting Vern day. Vern, you are a great thing for Scotts Valley.
Samantha Rudy
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January 26, 2010
I am a teacher aid at Circle of Friends preschool in SV and Vaulting Vern is awesome! The kids can't wait till tuesdays when he comes to do cheer and tumbling. He is great with kids and you can see how much he enjoys his job every time he is around them. I look forward to seeing all the great things his new gymnasium has to offer and I wish him tons success. Go Vern!
Barry Brooks
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January 26, 2010
I am the Owner of Tumbling Tutor in Live Oak. Vaulting Vern will be one of the hardest working employees to lose. With his energy and enthusiasm, Scotts Valley is very lucky for gaining this type of talent. Congratulations Scotts Valley! Congratulations Vern!!!
Stacey Botkin
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January 26, 2010
I'm the owner of Circle of Friends preschool in SV. Vern Vargas (Vaulting Vern as we call him) teaches both a cheer and a tumbling class here at my facility. He is incredible with the children. His energy, enthusiasm and expertise is second to none. The kids and the staff here love him. We are so excited for his new facility and can't wait to visit for a field trip. Go Vern!!
Gym mom
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January 24, 2010
We are very excited Vern Vargas is opening his own facility in Scotts Valley! He brings professionalism, expertise and fun to the sport of gymnastics and kids LOVE him! Can't wait to sign the kids up for trampoline classes and can't wait to have a place to hold birthday parties!!!
Scotts Valley Aunt
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January 23, 2010
This is exciting news. No longer having to drive to Depot Park for gymnastic lessons, my nephew is so excited. When will the telephone & website be working to get additional information? We look forward to having the gymnastics back in Scotts Valley. Kudos!
SV Parent
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January 23, 2010
I'm very pleased that there will be a local Gymnastics Academy in Scotts Valley. It's going to be a great to not have to drive to Santa Cruz for gymnastics. I also hear wonderful compliments about the Owner of VAGA. I was told his energy is infectious and that he would be a great role model for my son. I look forward to experiencing his passion for the sport as well as his brand new facility!
Santa Cruz Parent
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January 22, 2010
Wow, it's always exciting to hear about a new gymnastics facility ... especially a brand new program! Our kids have thrived in gymnastics and it has really helped their other athletic endeavors. Best wishes for success in Scotts Valley, Vargas Academy!
GH resident
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January 22, 2010
Welcome gymnastics academy! What a great use for one of available large spaces on GH Rd. I hope it thrives, succeeding so well that the owner has a waiting list for enrollment in the coming months. :)
Sonia Lopez
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January 22, 2010
Vern Vargas is a very gifted, compassionate and professional instructor. My children are excited that he will be coaching them again at his very own facility in Scotts Valley! Consider his new academy for your child to experience gymnastics in a whole new way!
anonymous
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January 22, 2010
Wow can't wait until the gym opens. Vern Vargas is an awsome coach!


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