Springfit run combined gymnastic and trampoline classes with an emphasis on “fun” for pre-school aged children on Saturday and Sunday mornings at Oakwood Sports Centre, Horley, on Saturday mornings at Hazelwick school, Crawley, and on Tuesdays at 11am and 12pm at the Jubilee Centre, East Grinstead.
Our 9am “Funfit” classes on weekends are usually for children age 2 and up. Older siblings are also welcome. The 10am Funfit classes are provided for slightly older children, with an age guideline of 3-5 years. Younger children with previous gymnastic experience are also welcome.
We are hoping to run further daytime sessions on weekdays in the near future, so please feel free to get in touch if you would like to be added to our ‘list of interest’.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM FUNFIT CLASSES:
Rotating three groups between 20 minutes of trampolining, gymnastic floor work and gymnastic apparatus work. Children are encouraged to work towards the Winstrada development programme in both activities, achieving badges and certificates for performing moves correctly. They are taught how to gain control on the trampoline, and try doing different shapes in the air or multi-tasking such as jumping and clapping. Coaches are available to help class members understand how their body positions affect the reaction of the trampoline, and above all enjoy the sensation!
In gymnastics, equipment such as bean bags and hoops are used in floor exercises to help children build their balance, co-ordination and control, while introducing gymnastic shapes and basic elements such as supported rolls. Class members can work on moves that provide a structured development programme, and allow them to attain awards for completing certain skills in gymnastics.
The third group is introduced to various gymnastic apparatus, such as horse/vault, trampette jumps and beam work, and work through varied exercises in a safe environment. Using assisted techniques to help overcome obstacles and learn how to best achieve results on equipment, each member can build on what they have learned each week to get their jumps bigger, hands placed down more firmly and confidently, and improve balance, strength and agility.
Working in a group environment helps build independence and social skills, and we use this first class to help children get used to the activities with the help of parents. Adults are asked to help with spotting around the trampolines, and are offered the opportunity to take a step back in the gymnastics if it is suitable.
After playing gymnastics-related warm-up games for the first ten minutes of the class, two groups are allocated 25mins on both the trampolines, and gymnastic area, swapping over at 35 minutes past the hour.
Using activities and techniques similar to the Funfit class plans noted above, the moves and elements are of a slightly more developed nature, for the slightly older child.
While adults are still asked to help with spotting around the trampolines, we provide enough coaches to allow children to enjoy gymnastics without parents or guardians. Instead, you can observe from the side of the hall, unless you really want to get involved yourself!