Well done to coaches Chris and Ella who attended the level 2 module for coaching Freestyle gymnastics. The coaches traveled to Basingstoke to spend the day in the gym with some really talented freestyle kids and even had a go themselves. We look forward to seeing some more fun and freestyle in the gym! Here is a video to show you what Freestyle Gymnastics is all about…
Our Gymnasts had a great experience competing at the 2019 DSYGA Floor and Vault competition. This year we took some of our youngest ever entries and some of our more experienced gymnasts performed floor routines choreographed to music for the first time! We would like to thank all of the coaches who worked with the gymnasts in the build up to the competition, Chris for judging, Kerry and Poppy for coaching and working the music desk and Joss, Ella Hannah for supporting gymnasts on the day.
Congratulations to coach Ella for passing her Level 2 General Gymnastics coaching course this sunday! Thank you to the gymnasts who went along to work with her. It takes a lot of homework, practice and planning to get through coaching qualifications so well done for all your hard work!
On Sunday 4th November we had 11 Gymnasts compete at the DSYGA Regional Tumbling competition. This was the first year of new competition rules. The group sizes were large and saw gymnasts from all over Dorset competing together. Our gymnasts had some AMAZING results:
All 11 Swanage gymnasts placed within the top 7
2 gymnasts were called up to the top 6 to receive a ribbon
We would like to say a big well done to the gymnasts for working so hard and performing so well. Thanks to parents who were very patient in what was a long day of competition. Finally, we could not have entered the competition without the support of our club helper and judge, Ella and Chris who worked tirelessly assisting with scoring and judging.
We had our 3 young leaders attend the British Gymnastics ‘Regional Day’ at Blandford Gym club. They learnt lots from BG staff on their ‘Events volunteering’course including opportunities to volunteer at regional and national events. Well done girls!
A huge congratulations goes to coach Chris and coach Poppy who both attended coaching exams last weekend! It has been a busy couple of months of courses, log book work, exam practice and planning. The coaches also had great support from our gymnasts who attended course dates and assisted in the exams.
We are often asked ‘What should my child wear to Gymnastics?’
When starting out we are happy for participants to wear shorts or leggings and a T shirt (T shirt tucked in and no jeans)
However, once your child has committed to a class you may want to consider purchasing a leotard. Leotards are the most appropriate attire for doing Gymnastics for a number of reasons:
They are comfortable for the Gymnasts
They allow freedom of movement without restriction of extra material
They look smart and allow coaches to see correct body positions when teaching
They are fitted, therefore safer when coaches support Gymnasts. Extra material and un-tucked T shirts can get caught.
We have our own club leotards which can be purchased through Hannah. Please look at the Leotard order form for size guide and prices. Your child may be asked to wear a club leotard for competitions, however we do offer a ‘hire option’ for competitions.
For normal classes we do allow your child to wear a leotard of their choice. We have no restrictions on colours or patterns, however leotards with skirts attached are not appropriate. The price of leotards can vary, here are a few good places to find leotards on the internet:
A star leotards
Little stars leotards
Milano pro sport
Your investment will be worthwhile as leotards have a long life! It may be worth getting in touch with other parents if you wish to sell leotards on or buy one second hand.
We hope you take the following information as useful and ask that you may consider sending your child to their Gymnastics class in a leotard. For some more useful reading we have a link to Gemma Coles ‘Head over heels Gymnastics’ blog… 8 Things to consider when choosing a leotard for your child
We look forward to seeing some fun and exciting leotards in the new term!
It is nearly the end of term, watching week for parents will be next week:
Monday 9th July
Thursday 12th July
Friday 13th July
Our final week of term will be the following week (Monday 16th, Thursday 19th, Friday 20th). We look forward to the last couple of weeks of term and wish all members and their families a safe and fun summer holiday!
This years ‘Spring Challenge’ competition was held at Blandford Gym club. For some of these children it was their first competition, others returned this year to perform higher level routines. All Gymnasts had to perform a floor routine, 2 vaults and 2 trampet runs. As always we were very proud of all of the Gymnasts who took part and we say a big thank you to the coaches and volunteers who helped in the build up to the competition and on the day itself.