Falcon Spartak was founded in 1973 by Wrio Russell, its aim being to offer Men’s Artistic gymnastics to those who were interested in training. Wrio chose the name “Falcon Spartak” because he thought that gymnastics resembled the grace of a falcon and the excitement of a Spartakiad event which was festival of gymnastics held every year in European countries.

Initially training commenced in a school hall at Hurstmere School with just a box, springboard and a few mats. Later in 1973 the club moved into the new gym, which had a wider range of equipment.

In 1974, the Prime Minister, Mr Edward Heath, accepted an invitation to become the President of the club.

The club became successful in competitions very quickly. Martin Davis became the British Schoolboy's Champion and later went on to become a member of the British team, along with Barry Winch, who also trained at Falcon Spartak. The club had a very strong junior team and five out of the six boys chosen to represent London and the South-East in the National Championships came from the club.

The boys trained hard and the club was at a peak in 1978. A team of nine boys went to Switzerland and Germany to train and compete with some of their top gymnasts. This was tremendous experience for everyone. Another team went to Scotland to compete and won first, second and third places in the overall competition.

Early in 1979 Wrio Russell announced he would be leaving the club to teach girls' gymnastics in Devon. A replacement coach had to be found. Tony Johnson who was then running Bexley gymnastics club, saw the prospects at Falcon Spartak and decided to take over. Sadly, less than two months after joining the club, Tony died of a heart attack whilst out running near his home.