"We don't get any funding at all unfortunately," she explained. "Basically the funding is ring-fenced for medal potential, so the likes of Beth [Tweddle] and Louis [Smith].
"We're working very hard at the moment to try to find some sponsors, but apart from that, it comes out of the parents' pockets, so it's quite an expensive journey, as well as a tough one, at the moment," she continued.
Binding's group face a difficult task to
clinch their place for 2012
and have to qualify through internal British gymnastics selection policies.
"If we make a certain score, we then have to go to the test event for rhythmic [gymnastics] which is in London in January.
"If we manage to get there, we then have to meet a higher score again to actually get to the Olympics," she explained.
"It's proving a huge journey and a tough ride for everybody, but we're working hard and we're really hopeful we will achieve the scores set out in front of us," Binding said.
Amongst the group are Frankie Fox and Lynne Hutchison, who were part of the team that won England's first ever rhythmic gymnastics medal when they took bronze in the team event at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
Five-time British champion Frankie Jones, who won an individual silver medal at Delhi, is already
set to participate at London 2012
after finishing as the top British competitor at the 2011 World Championships in Montpellier.
"It's quite a newly-developed sport in Britain at the moment, especially with group, it's very under-developed, so we're trying to create a new pathway for gymnasts in this country," she said.
Group rhythmic gymnastics was included in the Olympics for the first time in Atlanta in 1996, when Spain beat Bulgaria and Russia
Ribbons used in rhythmic gymnastics must be at least 6m long
Only women compete in rhythmic gymnastics
"We are always seen as the second sport unfortunately and of course because Beth [Tweddle] and Louis [Smith] have done so well in artistic, which is great for the whole of gymnastics, it causes us the second problem because all of the kids want to do what they do."
Rhythmic gymnastics was one of the first events to sell out when Olympic tickets went on sale earlier this year, and Binding is keen to build on the interest.
"Group rhythmic gymnastics is one of the most spectacular gymnastic disciplines because it's got music, it's got drama, it's got excitement, it's just spectacular.
"If we have a British team there it should just do wonders for us and really help the sport to develop and move forward and hopefully we'll be able to qualify again in the future," she said.
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