Man Balancing on Gymnastics Rings

Class Timetables

Preschool

Our pre-school program is currently on hold. Once we are in a position to re-instate this, it will be announced through our Facebook page.

Recreational

Monday

Age

Time

Duration

Discipline

4:00 - 5:00

5:00 - 6:00

6:00 - 7:00

7:00 - 8:00

7:00 - 8:15

1 Hour

1 Hour

1 Hour

1 Hour

75 Mins

Recreational

Recreational

Recreational

Recreational

Boys Floor and Vault

5 - 7

7 - 9

7 - 9

10+

10+

Day

Tuesday

4:00 - 5:00

5:00 - 6:00

6:00 - 7:00

1 Hour

1 Hour

1 Hour

5 - 7

7 - 9

7 - 9

Recreational

Recreational

Recreational

7:00 - 8:30

90 Mins

10+

Recreational

Thursday 

4:00 - 5:00

5:00 - 6:00

6:00 - 7:00

1 Hour

1 Hour

1 Hour

5 - 7

7 - 9

10+

Recreational

Recreational

Recreational

8:00 - 9:00

1 Hour

18+

Adult Class

Friday

Recreational

10+

90 Mins

7:00 - 8:30

Recreational

Recreational

Recreational

7 - 9

7 - 9

5 - 7

1 Hour

1 Hour

1 Hour

6:00 - 7:00

5:00 - 6:00

4:00 - 5:00

12:00 - 13:00

13:15 - 2:15

2:45 - 3:45

4:00 - 5:00

1 Hour

1 Hour

1 Hour

75 Mins

Recreational

Recreational

Recreational

Saturday

5 - 7

7 - 9

7 - 9

10+

Recreational

 

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Recreational Activities

 

These are possible apparatus stations and progressive skills children will work towards.  Advancement is progressive following achievement of pre-requisite strength, flexibility and foundation skills:

 

Floor:

  • Rolls fwd & backwards

  • Handstands and headstands

  • Handstands with rolls

  • Cartwheels and round offs

  • Partner balances

  • Jumps, leaps and spins

  • Walkovers fwd and backward

  • Flics for the very advanced recreational

 

Vault:

  • Running

  • Hurdle step and rebound

  • Squat on and Straddle on

  • Squat over and Straddle over

  • Handstand to flat back

 

Bars:

  • Circle up and down

  • Front support

  • Casts

  • Hip circles

  • Basic dismounts

  • Swinging

  • Squat on to catch high bar

 

Beam

  • Walking and balancing

  • Basic mounts

  • Single leg balances

  • Forward rolls

  • Cartwheel

  • Leaps and jumps

  • Basic dismounts

 

Rings:

  • Basic support balances

  • Basic hang balances

  • Circle over to back hang

  • Basic swings

  • Basic dismounts

 

Parallel Bars:

  • Basic strength work for support & travelling

  • Basic swings

  • Turns

  • Balances in support

  • Basic dismounts

 

Display work

  • Dance and most if not all the skills from the floor section, but may be using hand apparatus like hoops, ribbons etc.

 

Together with the gymnastics skills above, we will be working on behavioural and social skills, teamwork, personal goals and appropriate interpersonal skills related to their participation.

This list of skills is not exhaustive as cataloguing every skill would take pages, but most unlisted skills are the building blocks for progression.  For example: dish, front support, frog balance etc.

 

‘Badge work’ is done periodically in rotation with planning other work.  Whilst badges can be the focus of some children, they can quickly become tiresome for many others, so short periods of badge work and assessment balances the needs of the majority.

 

Most activities in gymnastics require a great many correct repetitions before the body acquires the appropriate strength, muscle memory and orientation skills to enable development to full skills or progressive skills.

 

At each stage coaches assess and evaluate these essential achievements as pre-requisites for progressing to the full skill or more difficult skills.  Coaches are trained extensively in this evaluation technique and are expected to tailor their coaching to the needs of the individual.  It is club policy and British Gymnastics guidance that skills are taught and achieved progressively with appropriate time allowed for consolidation before progression to more complex skills or combinations of skills is permitted.   We take this guidance very seriously to ensure the health of all children and to ensure risk from the sport is its absolute minimum.

 

As children develop at different rates and are physically and psychologically diverse, development will be variable, may go in improvement stages and plateaus, and may be restricted by their own limitations.  This means they may be taught different stages of skills to their peers, sometimes more complex, sometimes less so, sometimes completely different; this is how we ensure we meet the needs of the individual.  Aptitude for the sport does not guarantee enjoyment, just as those who enjoy the sport may not have the aptitude, we try to ensure a positive experience is given to all regardless.

 

Please understand that the sport of gymnastics carries inherent risks and therefore we, as a club and as trained coaches, must be in control of behaviour, development and progression. Wherever possible we endeavour to communicate this to the gymnasts and parents/carers alike and ensure our duty of care is neither neglected nor taken for granted.

 

We are always present before and between classes, but have very limited time to discuss every child’s development.  During the year we will endeavour to have British Gymnastics Proficiency Award sessions, open days and presentations where development can be measured and discussions can be more easily managed for those wishing to take the opportunity.  If you have more pressing concerns, please email us and request a time convenient to both parties to sit down and discuss your child. 

Pathways to Development and Competitive Squads

Children showing a greater aptitude for gymnastics will be developed within the sessions and MAY be asked to work within development sessions to supplement their learning, or attend trial sessions with a view to joining a development squad.  Remaining in the development squad is dependent on the individual’s progress physically, emotionally and mentally; at all times the child’s wellbeing is put first.  From the development squad a young gymnast will be progressed to a group that best suits them and their current development, this may be a higher recreational squad, another development squad, or a competition squad.