Last week saw one of our favourite regular events take place at the club; ‘Progress medals’ week. Parents were invited along to watch displays at all of our 28 ability based gymnastics classes.
Gymnasts performed competition routines and demonstrated impressive (and sometimes difficult) moves on various apparatus, showcasing their abilities and what they have learnt over the past six months. Each coach then chose one member from each class whom they thought had shown the most progress and awarded that child with a gold medal. This can often be a very difficult choice for our coaches as we have many children at the club that are so eager to learn and come to class each week. We think progress medals are a really important event in your child’s life here at the club. They encourage enthusiasm in classes throughout the year, it gives them something to work towards and it is fantastic for us to recognise those members that have worked hard, shown real determination and have significantly improved over the last six months.
Class displays are also a great way for parents to come and see how far their children have come on and to see how much fun they have! Not to mention the sense of pride parents feel seeing how well their children perform.
The displays also help children get used to performing for an audience, which prepare them for our fun local competitions that run throughout the year. They are a great way to boost your child’s self confidence and self esteem in other walks of life.
The Springfit team would like to thank all of the parents for coming along to watch the class displays and hope you enjoyed watching. And of course, we would like to say a huge congratulations and “Well Done!” to all 28 gymnasts pictured below who were awarded a gold medal for their fantastic progress over the past six months. Keep up the good work!
Jubilee Centre Tuesday 7pm –
Daisy Bayer (8 yrs)
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Oakwood Wednesday 6:30pm
Abigail Newton (11 yrs)
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Oakwood Wednesday 8:30pmLewis Chapman-Perks (13 yrs)[picture to follow]
Due to popular demand, we have added an additional class at The Jubilee Centre, East Grinstead.
We have introduced an advanced Gymnastics class on a Tuesday at 7.00pm. This now means that we are able to offer four ability level classes which is great news for all of our East Grinstead Gymnasts:
Beginners at 4.00-5.00 pm
Improvers 1 at 5.00-6.00pm
Improvers 2 at 6.00-7.00pm
Advanced at 7.00-8.00pm
There are still a few spaces left in this class so if you are interested then please contact us
Our trampolining classes at East Grinstead have also proved extremely popular with waiting lists for all classes. However if you are interested, it is definitely worth adding your name to our waiting list as things change all the time!
Since our inception in 2007, Springfit gymnastics and trampoline club has grown from strength to strength, and upon our seventh year anniversary anniversary this September, the club is expected to reach the 1,000 member milestone.
Originating in Horley, the reputation of our hugely popular classes has built steadily over the years, with news of our fun and friendly coaches and welcoming class environment spreading across East Surrey and Sussex, leading to additional venues in Redhill, Crawley and East Grinstead which are now well established.
Keeping up with demand has been a simple key aim for the club, providing classes from pre-school aged children through to now running no less than ten adult classes! The introduction of “youth” gymnastics for late starters and “freestyle” for those teenage boys interested in free-running and parkour has been the latest development, and with members of our ability-based classes staying at the club and showing such improvement, there are currently plans to provide further advanced classes.
We host six “fun and friendly” competitions a year for various clubs and organisations who enjoy the local nature of the events and rave about the relaxed atmosphere. Supporting and encouraging young people in sport and competition is just one part of the club’s ethos, and our steady coach development has put us on the map, with several instructors branching out further to provide the Springfit style of teaching in more schools than most other boroughs.
Club Manager Adam Reynolds said of the milestone “Since I started the club all we have tried to do is offer the benefits of these wonderful sports to the community, and it is great to have been able to remain as inclusive as possible. It is testament to the wonderful coaches we have that so many people enjoy our classes and there has been such positive feedback that it just inspires us to provide more!”
With new discount packages for siblings and those attending more than one class per week, the club is tuned in to the needs of our members and clearly should have no problem attracting the few remaining places needed to push us over the 1000 member mark.
If you would like to join the growing number of people involved in gymnastics and trampolining with Springfit, you can find out details about classes on the website or call 0203 478 0203.
On Saturday 14th June Springfit held their latest trampoline competition in the sports hall of Moor House School in Hurst Green.
Members from several local clubs and sports centres joined together to show off their amazing talent on the trampolines and try to win medals in various ability categories. There were over sixty keen children taking part, many of whom have never before competed, but the friendly atmosphere of the competition made them feel very welcome and helped calm any nerves.
In support for the brave individuals were plenty of family and friends, who applauded every effort and populated the balcony of the sports centre with vocal support. This vantage point provided some excellent aerial shots of the children showing a fine display of shapes and somersaults in each ten-move routine. Looking up for approval were a wide range of competitors, from four-year olds out of Springfit’s Funfit classes all the way up to the teenagers of the elite classes, and there was even an adult section for those heralding from the many mature trampoline sessions. Each showcased their talent to the panel of judges with poise and precision in this tricky sport.
The judges were impressed with the quality of performances, which seems to improve with every event, and commended the support of the staff from each local club who came along. Head Judge Adam Reynolds said of the event: “To have so many instructors and staff from all these clubs come along to show support for children who are clearly passionate about trampolining is great. It’s clear that the efforts are appreciated by performers and parents, and this makes it always worthwhile.”
Huge congratulations must go to each and every competitor who displayed determination on the apparatus, and enjoyed the event showing great sportsmanship which helped to create such a fun and friendly atmosphere.
Pictured below are some of the medal winners from the higher grades who performed in the second half of the event.
On the 15th of June, we hosted a unique competition for the highly spectacular discipline of trampette. The mini-trampoline equipment propels people high into the air where they can perform complex and impressive aerial maneuvers.
With a selection of ability-based grades from basic shaped jumps and half turns up to multiple-twisting somersaults, members from several local clubs showcased their talent at the event held at Oakwood sports centre.
The gymnasts and their families all took a great deal from the competition, which enjoyed an unprecedented level of inclusion with judges taking time to explain how the jumps are scored across various criteria, and answering any questions spectators had. This allowed for a great atmosphere in the gymnasium, including many Dads who commented on their joy at being there to see their child compete on Fathers Day.
From the youngest participants challenging for medals in Grade 1 through to the more experienced ones at Grade 6, each performed four jumps for the judges and tried their best to control the landing, much like their idols from the Olympics. Displaying important elements in each such as control, height, power and strength, the excitement was palpable as the scores were read out. Proudest of all was Jessica Ford who won a well deserved gold medal on her eighth birthday, amongst some stiff competition.
Jessica is pictured front and centre below, along with other proud medal winners from the various categories, all of whom will no doubt step up to the next category when the event comes around next year.
We are pleased to announce that we have added another Freestyle gymnastics session to our class schedule, making Springfit a leader in this popular discipline throughout the East Surrey area and bringing the total number of weekly classes to 66!
It runs on Wednesdays from 8:30 to 9:30pm at Oakwood Sports Centre in Horley.
The popularity of Freestyle gymnastics is evident not only at the multiple Springfit classes, but also around local parks and public areas where children are testing their physical limits. The sight of more ‘stunts’ and obvious increased agility than perhaps in previous generations has parents worrying what children get up to on the streets. Springfit and other gymnastics clubs provide a safe learning environment for these energetic youngsters who like to let off steam in such a holistic and visually spectacular way.
The sessions are praised by the local police who often direct children who may be seen to be causing a disturbance towards safe and productive activities such as parkour classes. Coaches experience excellent discipline levels though, as the participants energies are directed towards something they are enthusiastic about.
From the non-stop youngsters to older, interested adults who like the freedom of the discipline, Freestyle classes provide an excellent outlet for all ages and abilities. Many of those who enjoy it come from the boys gymnastics classes at the club, and as we look to the future, it seems that throughout the journey from pre-school through to adult classes, the Freestyle discipline is one that will be integral to many people’s enjoyment of gymnastics. With membership levels almost at 1,000 participants, the club will clearly not be slowing down any time soon.
Springfit’s inaugural trampoline progress medal awards took place last week for all thirty classes at the club.
Every six months the coach from each class will decide on the individual who has made the most progress recently, considering factors such as perseverance, gaining a good move, listening to the coach, good ‘spotting’ for safety and attendance.
The special session is a good opportunity for parents to come and watch the class if they don’t usually attend too. Participants will demonstrate their latest moves and show off their strengths in trampolining. The improvements in basic balance and co-ordination as well as the more subtle aspects such as increased spatial awareness and confidence are encouraging to see for all who come along to the class.
The gold medal award is greatly anticipated by the gymnasts, some of whom have been working very hard on their moves in the sport for a long time. The certificates and badges each member achieves in classes can begin to slow in their rate of attainment as the moves get harder, and the progress award is a good way to ensure their continued efforts are still rewarded.
The progress medals are not only for the children either. Springfit have seven adult trampoline classes and they were all included in being recognized for their efforts in class.
The majority of classes are for children around four years and up though. Most parents herald the trampoline sessions as an important part of their children’s lives. Even those who are new to trampolining quickly warm up to the friendly environment, and the smiles observed at Springfit sessions are further proof for parents and children alike that the experience is of huge benefit.
The Springfit team would like to shout a big ‘Well Done!’ to all thirty gymnasts listed below, who achieved this medal on their fantastic progress throughout the last six months.
Pictured here are all the June progress medal winners at Springfit:
Thirteen year old Springfit gymnast Lucy Pidgeon was on top of the world in April, winning no less than three medals in a recent acrobatic competition.
Showing her versatility in the discipline by performing in two ability levels including the hardest grade possible at the recreational event, Lucy took the plaudits every time she took the floor. Being a supporting ‘base’ gymnast for younger members of her class at Oriel school in Maidenbower, then going on to fly in the air as a ‘top’ for more established members of the class was a tall order for any gymnast. Lucy learnt the routines for all performances flawlessly and managed to help her friends finish in the top spots on all occasions.
Acrobatic gymnastics is an impressive sport where strength, balance and control are key. Traits that Lucy clearly has in abundance. This was evident as the delicately choreographed displays were punctuated by brilliant displays of tumbles being performed in time to music, and balances shared with her partners at regular intervals throughout the performance.
Judges provide extra points for having a positive attitude, confidence and variety in the performances, and Lucy’s routines all scored highly on these aspects. Lucy’s coach, Stacey Rodd said of her performance: “Lucy worked so hard on the moves in her routines, and coped well with the changes required to be both a top and base for different performances. She was over the moon at being in the top three for all her categories, but is modest enough to thank her partners at the same time. That’s one of the things that makes Lucy great to teach each week.”
Pictured below is Lucy with her trio partners for the Grade 1 level performance, and her medals proudly round her neck.
Members of Springfit gymnastics and trampoline club in East Grinstead were treated to a surprise last week as the club unveiled it’s new centre-piece for the hall they run ever-popular classes in.
The 11 metre inflatable has already proved a big hit with the children in ability-based gymnastics classes, and will allow them to further their enjoyment of the sport through more advanced moves and varied coaching techniques.
Usually most helpful in ‘tumbling’, the air track is a versatile piece of equipment that enables gymnasts to get extra bounce or ‘rebound’ when performing a sequence of moves, and provides an additional safety aspect with the very forgiving surface being so flexible. This particular track is very tall, meaning landings can be practiced onto high surfaces too. Games on air tracks are always a popular favourite, and with Easter coming up there will no doubt be some entertaining exercises being devised on the track for members.
This latest purchase for the club means air tracks are now present in all training venues, guaranteeing fun and excitement for all gymnastics classes from Redhill to Horley and Crawley as well as the newest of the Springfit venues in East Grinstead.
As you can see from the photos below, our coaches love the apparatus and will undoubtedly be demonstrating at any opportunity for the equally excited class members!
Members of Springfit took part in a tumbling gymnastics competition in Warlingham last weekend.
Nine medals were won by Springfit gymnasts in what proved to be a highly competitive and hugely rewarding event. Twenty four children were taking part in the most elementary level sequence, with forward and backward rolls, cartwheels and turning jumps being performed to the best of their ability. Some had not experienced the thrill of competition before but were buoyed by the friendly and welcoming nature of the well-organised afternoon in Warlingham.
Two panels of judges cast their eye over the scores of children taking part from various clubs across Surrey and Sussex, scoring their individual moves that make up the impressive tumbles. In the most advanced category the judges had their work cut out, trying to distinguish between the quality of moves involving backflips, front somersaults and a highly difficult aerial ‘fly spring’. This category was very hotly contested between two former classmates. One pipped the other on the first tumble run and the other won the best score on the third. Ex-Springfit gymnasts Zara Flint eventually won the gold medal with a highly skillful second tumble run and the audience was in rupture for the ability of these recreational level athletes.
A special mention should also go to ten year old Molly McGivern of Springfit’s Horley venue at Oakwood Sports Centre, who won the gold medal for her club against gymnasts from two other centres, taking the top spot with a difference of just 0.2 marks between first and third place. Molly’s Saturday 1pm advanced class coach; Stacey said: “Molly did so well to earn the gold medal in that category. Everyone performed so well and her practice really paid off as she kept her cool against stiff opposition to nail the handspring and all her other moves.”
The tumbling competition is always a highly anticipated phase of the year, but Springfit gymnasts now have their sights set on the next of the tri-annual events, with beam routines to practice in class and some new skills to learn on the trampette before June’s competition.
Pictured below are the medal winners from the first half (top) and second half (below) of the event.