Members of Horley based Springfit Gym Club took part in a competition this month to demonstrate the highly skillful discipline of acrobatic gymnastics.

Youngsters perform a routine to music in either pairs or trios to demonstrate strength, flexibility and control as they stand on shoulders, counter-balance and tumble around the gymnastics floor.

Acrobatics is one of the most accessible of all the gymnastics disciplines, as there is no real need for equipment when performing. Having been popularised by talent show groups such as Spellbound, there are lots of children aiming to emulate it and training with professional coaching from clubs such as Springfit is a great starting point.

Gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded to the top scoring partnerships in each of the ability based categories. There were some impressive displays from many varied duos and trios, as children in Springfit classes get to choose their partners for competition. The club’s philosophy is that participants should enjoy the activities, and competition is a rewarding aspect of sport. For this reason, members are not pushed into competition but each advanced class is invited, and it is testament to the fun and local nature of these competitions that so many enter each time!

11 out of the 14 sets of medals were won by Springfit members, the majority of which were in the distinctive black, red and white leotards worn by members of the higher ability classes.

Pictured below are the Novice A category entrants with their certificates of achievement and medals (top).

Inset is the Novice A category medal winners, standing proud in Springfit leotards.

Next is the winners of the “trios” section.

Bottom picture is the Novice B and Grade 1 pairs medal winners, again with a huge Springfit presence.

Well done to everyone that took part!

Click here for the results

Novice A category entrants with their certificates of achievement and medals
Novice A category entrants with their certificates of achievement and medals
Novice A category medal winners
Novice A category medal winners
Trios category winners
Trios category winners
Novice B and Grade 1 pairs medal winners
Novice B and Grade 1 pairs medal winners

 

 

We held class displays for the parents of each of our twenty ability-based gymnastics classes last week. The special sessions are arranged twice a year as a way to show off what children have learnt in the six months since the last displays.

Every class takes the opportunity to demonstrate their gymnastics moves on various apparatus used in the diverse class plans, to show their skills and highlight their strengths. To the proud parents in attendance, improvements in co-ordination and balance are clearly noticeable, and the increased strength and flexibility their children demonstrate is evidence enough that the sport of gymnastics is clearly one that will benefit them in all aspects of life.

The coaches pick out one member from every single class and present them with a gold medal for the child they consider has shown the most progress. The award is always greatly appreciated by the gymnast chosen, and rewards those who have shown a positive attitude to training as well as good attendance record, enthusiasm for learning, consistent effort and improvement in their skills amongst other factors.

The weekly recreational classes are attended by many energetic and eager children who are keen to perform to the best of their ability, and this makes the decision very hard for the instructors to single out any one particular winner. In many cases the club needs to present certificates and badges to runners-up too!

Many parents herald the classes as an important part of their children’s lives. Even those who are new to gymnastics quickly warm up to the friendly environment, and the smiles observed at Springfit parent sessions are further proof for parents and children alike that the experience is of huge benefit.

These displays also help children get used to performing for an audience, which in turn prepares them for Springfit’s fun local competitions run throughout the year. It provides parents with a great sense of pride at watching them enjoy their sport many are inspired to take up gymnastics themselves, joining one of Springfit’s many adult classes!

The Springfit team would like to shout a big ‘Well Done!’ to all twenty gymnasts listed below, who achieved this medal on their fantastic progress throughout the last six months. Pictured here are all the March progress medal winners at Springfit:

Melissa Muggeridge (9), St Bede's Monday 6pm beginners
Melissa Muggeridge (9), St Bede’s Monday 6pm beginners

Isabelle Knowles (8), St Bede's Monday 7pm beginners
Isabelle Knowles (8), St Bede’s Monday 7pm beginners

Eleanor Moon (5), Jubilee Centre Tuesday 4pm beginners
Eleanor Moon (5), Jubilee Centre Tuesday 4pm beginners

Gemma Gooch (5), Jubilee Centre Tuesday 5pm beginners
Gemma Gooch (5), Jubilee Centre Tuesday 5pm beginners

Callum Fitzhenry (9), Jubilee Centre Tuesday 6pm advanced
Callum Fitzhenry (9), Jubilee Centre Tuesday 6pm advanced

Oliver Williams (7), St Bede's Wednesday 6pm boys
Oliver Williams (7), St Bede’s Wednesday 6pm boys

Oscar Staples (8), Oakwood Thursday 5pm boys
Oscar Staples (8), Oakwood Thursday 5pm boys

Hayley Walmsley (14), Oakwood Thursday 6pm Elite class
Hayley Walmsley (14), Oakwood Thursday 6pm Elite class

Ella Stapleton (7), Oakwood Friday 5pm beginners class
Ella Stapleton (7), Oakwood Friday 5pm beginners class

Jazmine Hogan (9), Oakwood Friday 6pm improvers class
Jazmine Hogan (9), Oakwood Friday 6pm improvers class

Annie Charlesworth (13), Oakwood Friday 7pm advanced class
Annie Charlesworth (13), Oakwood Friday 7pm advanced class

Ruby Rutter (6), Oriel Friday 5:30pm beginners class
Ruby Rutter (6), Oriel Friday 5:30pm beginners class

 Julia Kowalczyk (8), Oriel Friday 6:30pm improvers class
Julia Kowalczyk (8), Oriel Friday 6:30pm improvers class

Aimée Stepney (8), Oriel Friday 7:30pm advanced class
Aimée Stepney (8), Oriel Friday 7:30pm advanced class

Maddy Powell (8) Oakwood Saturday 11am beginners class
Maddy Powell (8) Oakwood Saturday 11am beginners class

Aimee Hayter (8), Oakwood Saturday 12pm improvers class
Aimee Hayter (8), Oakwood Saturday 12pm improvers class
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Molly McGivern (10)

PICTURE TO FOLLOW

OAK Saturday 1pm advanced gymnastics class

Chloe Byrne (5), Oriel Saturday 11am beginners class
Chloe Byrne (5), Oriel Saturday 11am beginners class

Amy Tarsitano (8), Oriel Saturday 12pm improvers gymnastics
Amy Tarsitano (8), Oriel Saturday 12pm improvers gymnastics

Matthew Streeter (6), Oakwood Sunday 11am beginners class
Matthew Streeter (6), Oakwood Sunday 11am beginners class

 

More people than ever have been involved in the tri-annual trampoline competitions held by local gym club; Springfit. This month saw over 60 competitors from clubs in London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex travel to take part in the fun and friendly event.

Those participating in the novice section during the first half of the competition were thrilled at the inclusion of a display team performing high level moves to finish off the round. There were gasps from many of the children who were competing for the first time as they witnessed multiple twisting somersaults and other advanced skills on the apparatus.

It wasn’t only the novice grade athletes that were inspired by the afternoon’s performances, as the inclusion of new clubs and organisations proved a challenge for the stalwarts of Springfit competitions. Acorns club from Sevenoaks entered a talented collection of youngsters into various ability based categories and took away a few medals to show off to their school teachers and peer groups.

The hordes of spectators, made up of friends and family of the competitors, enjoyed the afternoon in Oxted, with hearty support for the brave trampolinists creating quite an atmosphere in the sports hall. The judging panel also commented afterwards on how impressed they were at the ever increasing ability levels of those taking part, and were responsible for some very tight results in many of the categories. Everyone enjoyed the “synchro” section at the end, where two gymnasts performed exactly the same routines alongside each other on different trampolines. It is quite a spectacle to see!

Competition organiser and Springfit club manager Adam Reynolds said “We are thrilled to see so many people enjoying the benefits of locally organised recreational competitions like ours. It is testament to the fully inclusive nature of the sport that we can host such a successful event and provide further smiles and reward for those children who enjoy trampolining.”

Pictured below are medal winners from the beginners and advanced sections of the competition, from many different clubs including Twizzlers in Thornton Heath, Acorns in Sevenoaks, Anti-Gravity and Pointers in Caterham as well as Springfit in Horley, Redhill, Crawley and East Grinstead.

Beginners section medal winners
Beginners section medal winners
Advanced section medal winners
Advanced section medal winners

Nine year old Lily Edwards from Horley was singled out from over SIX HUNDRED gymnasts to be awarded Springfit Gym Club’s coveted Fay Greene trophy for progress in gymnastics.

One individual from any of the club’s twenty six local gymnastics classes is chosen, based on who has shown the most overall progress in the last year. All Head Coaches at the club decide who deserves the recognition, considering levels of dedication, achievement, competition, attitude and performance amongst other important skills taught in this hugely beneficial sport.

The trophy was presented to the club back in 1998 by the parents of Fay Greene; a talented gymnast who was so enthusiastic about the sport that her family wanted her passion to live on through the club after Fay’s tragic death at an early age. This has certainly been achieved, as Lily’s Mum explained; “Lily loves gymnastics and is very dedicated. I think all that Springfit has done for her is fantastic and we have become a true advocate for the club and all it represents.”

The award came as a pleasant surprise to Lily who was aware of the ability of other members in her advanced class and the stiff competition alongside her. Achieving a gold medal in a very talented group of children competing in the club’s Floor and Vault competition a year ago certainly helped her stand out.

A steely determination in her attitude towards training has also been rewarded by becoming the most recent name engraved on the impressive trophy, and Lily’s enthusiasm for gymnastics will surely now grow further, along with her confidence in the coming months.

Lily is pictured here receiving the trophy in front of her peers during the Thursday Elite class.

Lily Edwards - Fay Greene trophy winner 2013
Lily Edwards – Fay Greene trophy winner 2013

Seventeen year Emily Charman from Outwood, Surrey has been awarded Springfit’s Elite Trophy for her outstanding achievements throughout the last year.

The trophy rewards effort in improving flexibility, strength, attitude and performance in gymnastics.

Emily has competed in regular local competitions for the club and has been working hard in her Thursday class in Horley, showing a determined attitude towards training that has seen her achieve many new skills including a free cartwheel (no hands) and back somersault on the floor.

Emily leads by example in the Elite gymnastics class, providing support and advice to the many younger members of the specialist session which provides further hours of training to members through invitation by the Head Coach of advanced classes at the club.

Emily clearly has a passion for the sport, and believes this is the reason she has managed to progress so well in recent months. Her enthusiasm for gymnastics is evident in every class she attends, and every move she performs. Emily’s level of involvement has been on the increase with some recent experience helping out in classes, and it is possible there could be more to enjoy from the sport in future, much to her coaches’ delight.

Head Coach Stacey said of Emily “Emily has worked so hard towards her moves and her attitude and ability in gymnastics has changed so much that the improvement is noticeable all round. She has got more confident in the skills she is doing which shows in the harder grades she is entering at competition. I am very proud of her”

Emily is pictured here receiving the trophy in front of her peers during the Thursday Elite class.

 

E.Charman 2013

The Springfit Invitational floor and vault gymnastics competition was held on the 17th of November at Oakwood Sports Centre, Horley. The afternoon was a huge success where many children received gold, silver and bronze medals for their floor routines and vaulting expertise.

The Olympic discipline of gymnastics ‘floor’ involved routines of varied ability and tempo, performed to music ranging from classical numbers to James Bond! The judging panel were thoroughly impressed with the poise and grace of the gymnasts, some competing for their very first time. All of these brave debutants overcame their nerves and found the confidence to perform in front of the large audience.
Seven year old Georgie Dumper from Crawley was one of these who, despite some initial wobbles, found her stride and provided a storming routine and ended up taking first place in her grade 1 category for 7-8 year olds.
This category saw the closest results ever produced at a Springfit competition, with the bronze medal scoring 14.25, silver 14.30 and Georgie’s well deserved gold getting 14.35!

The feedback from parents showed that it was a great day for all those competing and spectating, and the children clearly loved seeing each other’s routines and admiring gymnastics as a great sport to be involved in.

The Springfit team would like to congratulate all who took part and made the day such a success. The results are shown here.

Pictured below is Georgie Dumper mid-performance.

To view the full results click here.

Georgie Dumper mid-performance
Georgie Dumper mid-performance

New YOUTH Gymnastics, Freestyle Gymnastics and further trampolining arrives in Horley!

If you’re aged 10 to 19 yrs old and would like to attend a relaxed gymnastics class with children just your age, you can now enjoy a brand new type of class we are calling “Youth” gymnastics. We are able to cater for all abilities withing this session, and have equipment that will suit you. Youth Gymnastics classes are running from 6:30pm to 7:30pm every Wednesday.

Following this, we are pleased to finally be able to introduce our “open” Freestyle Gymnastics classes to Horley members. Since our hugely popular classes at St Bede’s in Redhill on Monday nights have been inundated with people taking to this discipline so well, we have secured the services of two of our Freestyle coaches to run this class; Chris and Nick (pictured below).

For Parkour and Free-running enthusiasts, and popular with teenage boys and very active younger children, the specialist session will be run by highly experienced parkour coaches who will be demonstrating and providing feedback for all those taking part. Unlike our other more structured sessions, this is a chance to set up the gym how you want it and interact with various equipment including our 15 metre air track, trapeze, double vault, trampette and more! There will even be a trampoline to play around on! The Freestyle Gymnastics classes take place from 7:30pm to 8:30pm every Wednesday.

As well as all this, we have added two more trampoline classes at 6:30pm and 7:30pm to make over 30 trampoline sessions running weekly at Springfit! For children and adults of all ages and abilities.

Further trampoline and Freestyle sessions are scheduled to start from 8:30pm in June 2014.

Initial trial class for only £6.00 for one hour, so why not come and try it out?

Book your place in the class now:

CONTACT US

Tel: 0203 478 0203

Chris and Nick, Freestyle coaches
Chris and Nick teach our Freestyle classes

We held another of our tri-annual trampoline competitions on Saturday 9th November; the very same day that Kat Driscoll wins two gold medals for Great Britain in the World Championships in the sport.

Children from several local venues enjoyed competing in different ability categories, the same format as what was happening in the event taking place 1500 miles away in Sofia, Bulgaria. There, Kat won a gold in her individual routine as well as her synchronised partnership with another British hopeful; Amanda Parker.
On local soil, children aged 4yrs to 19yrs old won gold medals for their individual routines and enjoyed participating alongside their friends and synchro partners at the Springfit event.

The atmosphere at the competition in Oxted was a little more relaxed than at the World Championships, with Springfit staff providing encouragement to many youngsters who were taking part for the first time, and spectators, including many proud parents, providing support for their efforts in this most difficult of disciplines.

A panel of judges scored routines based on difficulty and execution, with everyone receiving a certificate of achievement and many talented performers taking home one or more medals. The moves ranged from shaped jumps in elementary grades up to multiple somersaults in the highest category possible, which understandably drew praise and looks of amazement from those in attendance. In some cases, the margin between first and second place was a small as 0.1 mark!

Pictured below are the medal winners from the Elementary Grades section of the competition.

From top left to bottom right:
Thomas Loveless (9, Twizzlers), Ella Horent (11, Springfit), Sophie Marlow (12, Springfit), Eden Kilgour (9, High Vaultage), Lucy Towner (9, Anti-Gravity), Chloe Davey (7, Anti-Gravity), Jazmine Hogan (8, Springfit), Charlie Gillett (6, Springfit), Lea Gayral (6, Springfit), Gracie Amon (7, High Vaultage) and Mason El-Bishlawi (10, High Vaultage).

tramp comp 9.11.13

We held class displays for the parents of each of our nineteen ability-based gymnastics classes last week. All members performed routines and demonstrated impressive gymnastics moves on various apparatus to show what they have learnt in the six months since the last displays.

The coaches chose one member of every single class to receive a gold medal for the person who they deemed to have shown the most progress. The award is a bi-annual tradition designed to reward the gymnast who regularly turns up to class with an attitude that brings effort and enthusiasm to their gymnastics training and enjoys the benefits of improvement in their skills as a result of that.

The weekly classes host many energetic and eager children who are keen to perform to the best of their ability, and this makes the decision very hard for the instructors to single out any one particular winner. In many cases the club needs to present certificates and badges to runners-up or even the whole class!

To the grateful parents in attendance though, improvements in co-ordination and balance are clearly noticeable, and the increased strength and flexibility their children demonstrate is evidence enough that the sport of gymnastics is clearly one that will benefit them in all walks of life.

Many parents herald the classes as important parts of each of the children’s lives. Those who struggle at first quickly warm up to the friendly environment, and the smiles observed at Springfit parent sessions just go to further enhance the experience that weekly classes give to their precious superstars.

The club is pleased to put on these displays as a way of helping children get used to performing for an audience, which can help prepare them for Springfit’s fun local competitions run throughout the year. It also provides parents with a great sense of pride at watching them enjoy their sport and understanding how the coaches get such good results. Lots of Mums and Dads have even gotten involved themselves, joining in one of Springfit’s nine adult classes!

The Springfit team would like to shout a big ‘Well Done!’ to all nineteen gymnasts listed below, who achieved this medal on their fantastic progress throughout the last six months. Pictured here are all the October progress medal winners at Springfit:

Naimh Graham, Monday 6pm gymnastics class, St Bede's
Monday 6pm beginners St Bede’s: Niamh Graham (6)

Erin Dunn, Monday 7pm gymnastics class, St Bede's
Monday 7pm advanced St Bede’s: Erin Dunn (11)

Alex and Erin Jenkins, Tuesday 4pm gymnastics class, Jubilee Centre, East Grinstead
Tuesday 4pm beginners Jubilee: Alex (4)+Erin(5) Jenkins

Jessica West, Tuesday 5pm gymnastics class, Jubilee Centre, East Grinstead
Tuesday 5pm improvers Jubilee: Jessica West (4)

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Tuesday 6pm advanced Jubilee:

Evie Slack (7)

Wednesday 6:00pm boys class St Bede’s: Jaydel Edge (6)
Wednesday 6:00pm boys class St Bede’s: Jaydel Edge (6)

Thursday 5pm boys class Oakwood: Joseph Mountain (7)
Thursday 5pm boys class Oakwood: Joseph Mountain (7)

Friday 5pm beginners Oakwood: Maya Ingram (8)
Friday 5pm beginners Oakwood: Maya Ingram (8)

Friday 6pm improvers Oakwood: Amy Wren (7)
Friday 6pm improvers Oakwood: Amy Wren (7)

Friday 7pm advanced Oakwood: Daniel Chambers (11)
Friday 7pm advanced Oakwood: Daniel Chambers (11)

Saturday 11am beginners Oakwood: Grace Cresswell (5)
Saturday 11am beginners Oakwood: Grace Cresswell (5)

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Saturday 12pm improvers Oakwood: Lara Maddox (9)

Saturday 1pm advanced Oakwood: Emilie Marsh (12)
Saturday 1pm advanced Oakwood: Emilie Marsh (12)
 

Friday 5:30pm beginners Oriel: Sadie Lee (6)
Friday 5:30pm beginners Oriel: Sadie Lee (6)

Friday 6:30pm improvers Oriel: Ali Noui (7)
Friday 6:30pm improvers Oriel: Ali Noui (7)
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Friday 7:30pm advanced Oriel: Ingrid Tiba (13)

Saturday 11am beginners Oriel Emmie Crocket (5)
Saturday 11am beginners Oriel Emmie Crocket (5)

Saturday 11am beginners Oriel: Emmie Crocket (5)

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Saturday 12pm improvers/advanced Oriel: Anna (4)

Sunday 11am beginners/improvers Oakwood: Carolina Santana (8)
Sunday 11am beginners/improvers Oakwood: Carolina Santana (8)

 

We are pleased and excited to announce the first of a new annual event that will be taking place at Springfit this December.

Throughout the week from 16th to 22nd December, all classes at Springfit will have the chance to enjoy the challenge of breaking CLUB RECORDS, as detailed at www.springfit.org/records.

The “records day” will be an opportunity for gymnasts to challenge their coach (where possible) and win prizes, as well as trying to beat certain moves that club members have held for the longest, performed the most times, done the highest, furthest or lowest and even created themselves.

If there is a certain skill not on the list, gymnasts are invited to make up their own record and get their name on the leaderboard.

At the end of the week the records will be collated from each venue and the website will be updated to show those who performed the impressive feats best.

Club records are a great way of providing alternative options for class members to do when they get ‘stuck’ on certain moves from the Proficiency Awards undertaken in classes and can be attempted at any time.

We are all looking forward to Records Week at the club and wish everyone every luck on their day!

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