Debbie Richardson née Hampton and Keith Richardson set up the Southampton School of Gymnastics (S.S.G.) in 1986 at the Eastpoint Community Centre in Southampton. At Eastpoint there were two multifunctional halls and gymnastics shared these with football, badminton, basketball, athletics and a number of non-sporting functions such as exhibitions, weddings and bird shows.
S.S.G. ran classes for male and female artistic, recreational, adult and pre-school gymnastics. It also ran classes for special needs male and female gymnastics both at a recreational and competitive level as well as trampolining classes.
Courses at S.S.G. were extremely popular as well as successful. The school produced both male and female gymnasts involved in county and regional as well as Centre of Excellence training squads and gymnasts from the special needs competitive section competed and won titles at a national level. Moreover, gymnasts from the recreational groups attended the World Gymnaestrada festival of gymnastics in Amsterdam.