Our enrolment form contains information on our practices and class timetables.
**Enrolment forms are no longer available for download.**
We have a full range of club kit which is available to order from the club (water bottles, leotards, t-shirts and hoodies), but as a beginner it is acceptable to attend classes in shorts and t shirt.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are Spectators Allowed?
Parents are welcome to stay and watch the classes. However parents are asked to watch quietly and to not interrupt or disturb the class. Any young children who are also watching the classes must be kept quiet and under control and are not permitted to go on the equipment. Mobile phones must not be used in the gym.
Please check that your child has been to the toilet before the start of the class. Coaches will be unable to accompany gymnasts to the toilet so during the class they will go to the toilet in pairs without an adult.
Medical conditions / Disabilities
Some medical conditions require a Parent / Guardian to stay at the session in case administration of medication is required e.g. Epipen. Any medical condition, learning disability or attention disorder must be disclosed on the registration form and Parents should speak to the Lead Coach to ensure the coaches are aware of any adaptations / risks which need to be considered. Disabled gymnasts who require one to one support will need to provide a carer, who will be led by the coaches within the class. Gymnasts with Downs Syndrome will require the Atlanto-axial screening prior to starting the class. (Contact the Head Coach for more information).
All gymnasts work in bare feet and in either a leotard or shorts and T-shirt. Tracksuits can be worn over a leotard or shorts for warm up and in the winter. Other items such as jeans, skirts, school wear or combat trousers are not suitable for any part of the session.
Club kit can be purchased by completing the enclosed kit order form.
All jewellery must be removed. This includes ear rings.
Gymnastics skills are broken down into small steps (progressions), which must be mastered at each stage before moving onto the next one. The rate at which these steps are introduced depends upon the age and physical capability of the child. This principle is key to all levels and disciplines of gymnastics. Skills must be mastered on the floor before transferring to apparatus, to ensure the gymnast is physically and mentally capable of developing the skill. For this reason the floor and body preparation sections of the class are paramount to the development of skills. Core activities are repeated at every class as they build strength and flexibility to enable the more complex skills to be introduced later (E.g. bunny jumps = handstands and cartwheels, bridges = walkovers / back flips).
Not all children will be able to achieve the same level of skills, even with further training. This is often due to the range of movement in certain joints and strength in key muscle groups
Transferring and moving up classes
The lead coach for the session will advise parents when it is time to move their child to a different class. Although the classes are in age groups at the moment the gymnasts will not automatically move classes when they reach a certain age / school year group. They are guidelines only and the movement depends on availability of spaces in the classes. The advanced/elite class is an invitational class and gymnasts may be invited by the lead coach to attend. The coaches will be looking for gymnasts that are showing potential and are learning and developing at a quicker rate than their peers. The lead coach will speak to the parents prior to inviting the gymnast to the advanced/elite squad.
If you have any questions about progression through the classes please speak to the head coach.
The club work towards the British Gymnastics Award scheme . The gymnasts will not work towards the badges every week / term however the skills they learn throughout the year will all help them to achieve their badge when we do work towards them. The proficiency awards require the gymnasts to perform 8 out of 10 skills. They must perform each skill technically correct 3 times in order to achieve a tick for that skill. Once they have 8 ticks they will pass achieve their badge. The badges and certificates can be purchased from the club and will be presented to the gymnasts during their class.
As gymnasts progress through the badge scheme it may take longer for them to achieve their badge as the skills are progressively more difficult. If parents wish to know what their child needs to practice at home to help them with their badges please speak to the coaches.
The badges are a good way of celebrating achievement and giving gymnasts a target but the skills on the badges are not the only ones required to progress to a higher level of gymnastics. A gymnast on a lower level badge may be invited to join the elite class while a gymnast on Badge 1 or the Advanced Badge scheme may not be able to train at the higher level.
The club has a trained club welfare officer to ensure the safeguarding of all club members. If parents / gymnasts have any concerns / issues with anything that is happening at the club they can speak to the welfare officer about this in confidence. Any concerns about the handling / supporting of gymnasts can also be discussed with the club welfare officer. Our welfare officer is Jeanette Chapman. You can contact Jeanette by emailing her at Richmondshiregymenquiries@gmail.com
The club is always looking for volunteers to get involved and help out at the club whether that is as a helper, trainee coach, committee member or any other role. If you or anyone you know is interested in getting involved with the club please let us know. We are willing to support people to become coaches and this could lead to paid work in the future. Any volunteers that will be in direct contact with the children will be asked to complete a British Gymnastics CRB check prior to volunteering.