top of page
Man Balancing on Gymnastics Rings

Class Timetables

Preschool Classes

Our pre-school program is restarting on Wednesdays in January 2024. 

 

Classes

Parent and Child class, 9:30 - 10:15am (45 mins - toddlers to 3 years - parents/guardians stay and assist)

£6 per session, paid by term in advance. January to feb term £36

Independent class, 10:30 to 11:15am (45 mins - 3yrs to school age - parents/guardians watch from gallery)

£6.50 per session, paid by term in advance.  January to February term - £39

All participating children must be a member of British Gymnastics 

First Session Wednesday 10th January 2024 to  Wednesday 14th February - 6 sessions

To register, please click the link below and click on the relevant pre-school class:

REGISTER

Recreational Classes - After School

Please scroll down to view timetables, or click here. (N.B. Link won't activate on mobile phones) 

 

For an explanation of our class levels, please see the details below.

 

Our current program for gymnastics activities is to prepare school aged children for gymnastics skills by building progressive steps of strength, flexibility, shapes, actions and timing.  As each stage, children are supported, developed and evaluated through enjoyable activities that progress through the levels of classes.  Throughout the year we work on a mixture of skill acquisition, proficiency awards, displays and competitions, to provide opportunities for all aspirations within the sport.  Whilst there is no specific age groups associated with each class, the Foundation and Improvers sessions are aimed at earlier school years, although we try to allocate trial sessions according to expected level of confidence and basic movement skills.  Following a trial session or two, we will recommend the best class to suit a child's needs and level.

 

For more information scroll down to our 'activities, skills and pathways' section, or click here.  

Class levels: 

  • Foundation - The building blocks of gymnastics, with fundamental movement skills, balance, shapes, basic strength and flexibility, bars strength and confidence, and basic moves, for example: rolls, the foundations for handstands, cartwheels and the beginnings of vault and beam work.

  • Improvers - Developing strength, flexibility and shapes further and improving the basic skills begun in foundation.  We work on perfecting skills, for example: rolls, handstands, cartwheels, jumps and apparatus work, ready for the next level of skills.    

  • Intermediate - Continuing in the same development of strength, flexibility and quality of shapes, with a progression to intermediate skills, for example: round offs, handstand rolls, walkovers, more advance vaulting skills, beam and bar skills.

  • Intermediate Plus - Our 'Intermediate Plus' group have progressed well within the class structure and are working on developing specific skills required in the Advanced groups.  These skills can take longer to learn and need more support, progression and confidence for some.  These classes adjust to gymnasts' strengths and focuses less on skills attainment and more on 'athlete lead' choice and engagement.  

  • Pre Advanced - This group is by invitation only and provides an opportunity for gymnasts to develop within a specific focus towards competition and performance.  Children with the capability and desire to progress a little faster can work on skills required at Advanced Rec level while waiting for a place to become available within that class.

  • Advanced Rec - As the name suggests, our Advanced Recreational group work towards more demanding tumbles, vaults, bars and beam work; often attending both Advanced sessions to achieve the level of body conditioning and skill repetition required to maintain safe and effective performance of these more difficult activities.  

Monday

A mix of skill attainment, badges, club competition and performance opportunities.

Age

Time

Duration

Discipline

4:00 - 5:00

5:00 - 6:00

6:00 - 7:00

7:00 - 8:00

7:00 - 8:00

1 Hour

1 Hour

1 Hour

1 Hour

1 hour

Recreational

Recreational

Recreational

Recreational

Boys Floor and Vault

Foundation

Improvers

Intermediate

Intermediate Plus

Intermediate Plus

Day

Tuesday

 

A mix of skill attainment, badges, club competition and performance opportunities.

4:00 - 5:00

5:00 - 6:00

6:00 - 7:00

1 Hour

1 Hour

1 Hour

Foundation

Improvers

Intermediate

Recreational

Recreational

Recreational

7:00 - 8:30

90 Mins

Advanced Rec

Recreational

Recreational

Thursday 

 

More focus on recreational competition pathways.

90 min class

pre-advanced by invitation only.

Adults block sessions

4:00 - 5:00

5:00 - 6:00

6:00 - 7:00

1 Hour

1 Hour

1 Hour

Foundation

Improvers

Intermediate

Recreational

Recreational

Recreational

on hold

1 Hour

Adult Class 18+

Adult Class

Pre Advanced

90 mins

6:00 - 7:30

Wednesday Pre-school
No after school recreational classes are run on Wednesdays

Wednesday

Pre-school mornings

9.30 - 10.15

10.30 - 11.15

45 mins

45 mins

Parent and toddler

Improvers

First Steps

Pre-school activities

Friday

A mix of skill attainment, badges, club competition and performance opportunities.

Recreational

Advanced Rec

90 Mins

7:00 - 8:30

Recreational

Recreational

Recreational

Intermediate

Improvers

Foundation

1 Hour

1 Hour

1 Hour

6:00 - 7:00

5:00 - 6:00

4:00 - 5:00

12:15- 13:15

13:30 - 2:30

2:45 - 3:45

1 Hour

1 Hour

1 Hour

Recreational

Recreational

Recreational

Saturday

A mix of skill attainment, badges, club competition and performance opportunities.

Foundation

Improvers

Intermediate

Are you interested in joining our club?


Click the button below to see the membership and participation fees

 

See below for more information about our activities, skills and progression pathways.

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.

bottom of page