Springfit entered several gymnasts into a local acrobatic competition recently, and achieved several medal places in the popular event.

Held at Warlingham School, there were over 30 Acrobatic routines performed with varying degrees of difficulty. In the novice categories, Springfit pair Cameron Neal-Macinnes and Luyanda Sugg (both 9yrs old) from the club’s newest venue in East Grinstead achieved silver medals in their first ever competition.

Veterans Hannah Bagley (13) and Georgie Long (14) also achieved a silver medal in the next grade up performing a routine including balances, lifts and synchronised gymnastics moves. They are from the Redhill branch of the club at St Bede’s school.

In the hardest category was a trio of gymnasts from the Oriel school venue in Maidenbower, who narrowly took the gold medal from other impressive teams from an acro-based club. Their routine included handstands on knees, standing on shoulders, somersaulting from on high and other impressive feats of flexibility and strength that makes this sport such an excellent spectator sport. There is even call for it to be included in the next Olympic games!

Acrobatic Gymnastics is a partner sport involving high degrees of technical precision with the trust and camaraderie of a dedicated partnership, either in pairs or trios. It is performed with the grace and musicality of dance.

Head Judge Sefra Crilly said “It was fantastic to see a lot of new faces and everyone enjoying the day. I was very impressed with the high standard of the gymnasts.”

Congratulations go to all the competitors, but in particular to the medal winners from both sections of the competition, some of who are listed below.

From left to right:-

Georgia Long (Springfit), Francesca Bagley (Springfit), Ellie Grant (Pointers), Emily Charman (Springfit), Millie Gibbins (Pointers), Katie Pidgeon (Springfit), Kirsty Chapman (Springfit), Abbie Clifton (Springfit), Luyanda Sugg (Springfit), Zara Flint (Springfit), Cameron Neal-Macinnes (Springfit), Carina Sosteric (Pointers), Lily Fairhall (Pointers), Sinead Skinner (Twizzlers), Amber Kulinski (Twizzlers), Esmee Allenby-Straker (Pointers) and Eloise North (Pointers).

Acro comp 20.4.2013

Members of Horley based Springfit Gym club took part in a tumbling competition organised by Pointers Gym club in Warlingham last weekend. There were over 100 gymnasts of all ages performing a sequence of moves on a strip of floor called the ‘tumble run’.

Youngsters from different organisations all over Surrey and Sussex came together to enjoy a relaxed and fun atmosphere, which was very encouraging for all involved. Events such as this are arranged several times a year by Springfit and Pointers to invite members of their classes to a friendly situation which encourages participation in healthy competition.

Two panels of judges scored runs from different ability-based grades ranging from forward and backward rolls right up to front and back somersaults, performed without the aid of any equipment whatsoever!

A crowd favourite is the move where ‘free’ cartwheels are performed with no hands, and the further up the grades the gymnasts went the louder the spectators got, applauding at the ability levels.

Springfit members walked away with three gold medals, four silver medals and four bronze medals in all; a proud result for the recreational club who have branches in Redhill, Horley, Crawley and East Grinstead. Someone from each of these venues was present at the competition and every single one of them enjoyed their time performing in front of a crowd.

Pictured below is six year old Megan Smith who won a gold medal in her first competition with the club.

JUB Tue 6 G M.Smith

We held class displays for the parents of each of our ninteen ability-based gymnastics classes last week. All members showed off their impressive gymnastics moves on various apparatus to show what they have learnt in the six months since the last displays.

Each venue provided a different take on the class shows, with parents at Oakwood sports centre in Horley being treated to a race against their children on the 15 metre air track at the end of every session. They had great fun trying to beat the clearly capable gymnasts, and rarely managed to out-stride them.

In every single class, one member was chosen by the coaches to receive a gold medal for progress. The award is handed to the gymnast who is deemed to have shown effort and enthusiasm in their gymnastics, and improved most in the last six months.

The weekly classes regularly enjoy the spectacle of members being awarded certificates and badges in proficiency, and parents are aware of the strength and flexibility their children build at each and every session.

The bi-annual progress sessions are a special treat though, with demonstrations from the coaches and fun displays a regular highlight.

Pictured here are all the March progress medal winners at Springfit club:

Monday 6pm beginners St Bede’s: Emma Christmas (7)
Monday 6pm beginners St Bede’s: Emma Christmas (7)

Monday 7pm advanced St Bede’s: Georgia Shackel (12)
Monday 7pm advanced St Bede’s: Georgia Shackel (12)

Tuesday 4pm beginners Jubilee: Luisa Gooch (5)
Tuesday 4pm beginners Jubilee: Luisa Gooch (5)

Tuesday 5pm improvers Jubilee: Annabel Ross (7)
Tuesday 5pm improvers Jubilee: Annabel Ross (7)

Tuesday 6pm advanced Jubilee: Megan Smith (6)
Tuesday 6pm advanced Jubilee: Megan Smith (6)

Wednesday 6:00pm boys class St Bede’s: Matthew Evans (8)
Wednesday 6:00pm boys class St Bede’s: Matthew Evans (8)

Sunday 11am improvers Oakwood: Tallulah Wilkinson (6)
Sunday 11am improvers Oakwood: Tallulah Wilkinson (6)

Friday 5pm beginners Oakwood: Harriet Ward (6)
Friday 5pm beginners Oakwood: Harriet Ward (6)

Friday 6pm improvers Oakwood: Amelia Lown (7)
Friday 6pm improvers Oakwood: Amelia Lown (7)

Friday 7pm advanced Oakwood: Tabby Andrews-Speed (16)
Friday 7pm advanced Oakwood: Tabby Andrews-Speed (16)

Saturday 11am beginners Oakwood: Xeyon Matthias (5)
Saturday 11am beginners Oakwood: Xeyon Matthias (5)

Saturday 12pm improvers Oakwood: Rachel Gardiner (8)
Saturday 12pm improvers Oakwood: Rachel Gardiner (8)

Saturday 1pm advanced Oakwood: Abbie James (10)
Saturday 1pm advanced Oakwood: Abbie James (10)
Friday 5:30pm beginners Oriel: Rebecca Hull (6)
Friday 5:30pm beginners Oriel: Rebecca Hull (6)

Friday 6:30pm improvers Oriel: Sam Buckle (6)
Friday 6:30pm improvers Oriel: Sam Buckle (6)

Friday 7:30pm advanced Oriel: Kirsty Chapman (11)
Friday 7:30pm advanced Oriel: Kirsty Chapman (11)

Saturday 11am beginners Oriel: Chloe Forward (4)
Saturday 11am beginners Oriel: Chloe Forward (4)

Saturday 12pm improvers/advanced Oriel: Amy Miller (9)
Saturday 12pm improvers/advanced Oriel: Amy Miller (9)
Thursday 5pm boys class Oakwood: Daniel Brigden (9)

 

Crawley based gymnast Amy Miller is impressing her coaches at Springfit Gym Club by earning a host of awards and showing improvement every week in the sport she enjoys most.

The nine year old superstar has progressed from the club’s beginners to advanced class in recent months, and topped all her peers by winning the progress medal last week. It is a distinction which is awarded to one member of the class every six months and is presented during a special class where parents are invited to watch.

Only a week later, Amy took part in her first tumbling competition with the club and won a silver medal, missing out on the first place by only 0.15 points. The event saw gymnasts of all ages and abilities perform several moves in a row, and was scored by an independent panel of judges from several local clubs.

To top a fantastic month for Amy, the Head Coaches at Springfit decided to invite her to their specialist “Elite” squad class where she can further her training and prepare for more competitions.

Amy was delighted to be chosen for the awards and squad class, and was most proud of her achievement in the competition. The sky is the limit for this keen athlete and she is looking forward to learning advanced moves at the club.

Amy is pictured here after being presented with the progress medal in front of her peers in the Saturday 12pm advanced gym class at Oriel school in Maidenbower.

ORI Sat 12 G A.Miller

Springfit recently held a trampoline competition inviting members of local sports clubs and other leisure organisations to enjoy a relaxed and friendly event with members vying to win medals in different age and ability categories.

Our entry level sports club run three competitions a year in local venues to help encourage high performance situations and offer the children a challenge. Many younger children relish this opportunity to perform in front of their family and peers, and so many experience a marked improvement in their enthusiasm and ability in the sport since being given the chance.

The fun competition comes as a breath of fresh air for many parents who have experienced heated situations at other events, and many comment on the level of support given by all coaches and officials in attendance. Most of all it’s the medal ceremony that competitors enjoy, and proud show-and-tell sessions will take place across many schools this week.

With a wide range of abilities on show, the admiration of the junior members is evident when the more experienced athletes start doing their somersaulting in routines, and in talking to them between rounds, you can see that everyone involved is helping to build starts of the future.

Pictured below are the medal winners from top left to bottom right:
Megan Quinn-Edwards(13, Pointers), Charlotte Goacher? (12, Pointers?), Abbie Chart (12, Springfit), Jemma Belton (9, Anti-Gravity), Rebecca Morris (10, Anti-Gravity), Piya Shah (11, Anti-Gravity), Molly Cooke (10, Anti-Gravity), Ella Price (10, Pro-Gravity), Abigail Moore (10, Anti-Gravity), Jemma Denman (Anti-Gravity), Morgan Fisher (7, Pointers), Chloe Davey (6, Anti-Gravity) and Eloise North (6, Anti-Gravity).Tramp comp 2.3.13

Members of Springfit gymnastics and trampoline club got behind a fundraising effort by wearing their pyjamas to classes throughout last week. The club ran a valentines themed event, offering love hearts as a thank you to everyone who contributed £2.00 to the fun day which will see all funds go directly into purchasing more equipment for use in classes.

Everyone had a great time jumping on the trampolines and tumbling around the gym floor in their PJ’s, and many brought their teddies to come and watch too!

The club raised £800 across 50 classes and had a lot of fun playing games and performing routines in what turned out to be very suitable, comfortable clothing for the sports!

Pictured below is seven year old Zabi Bharmal from Redhill who attends classes at Oakwood Sports Centre in Horley, and Assistant coach Josh Pinney getting into the spirit of things with a full dressing-gown outfit.

Josh

Zabi

Throughout the week of Monday 11th to Sunday 17th February we will be inviting all members to come along to classes in their pyjamas to help raise money for new equipment.

Taking part is optional, and we only ask for a minimum contribution of £2.00 per member to be handed to the coach at the beginning of the class.

Everyone involved gets a thank-you treat to take home!

All funds raised will be distributed between every venue throughout the club and put directly into new equipment.
We are aiming to purchase lots of new equipment including gymnastics bars, springboards and coaching blocks, as well as new trampoline beds, push in mats and safety end decks, so all contributions are appreciated. For details about our fundraising efforts to date, please see our fundraising page.

We also invite our members to bring along a teddy bear to watch classes, and photos may be taken for a short article about the event for our website or a press release, so please feel free to join the valentines fun along with your little friends and help the club out at the same time.

We look forward to seeing you along!

With thanks,

The Springfit team

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Springfit Gymnastics and Trampoline Club are pleased to announce that we will be hosting even more specialist classes at St Bede’s school in Redhill on Monday nights!

Alongside our existing classes in gymnastics and trampolining in the gymnasium, we are privileged to be able to have use of brand new competition quality trampolines in the sports hall to run high performance sessions for all ages.

Trampoline classes will run from 6:30pm to 7:30pm, 7:30pm to 8:30pm and 8:30pm to 9:30pm. Places are by invitation only for those who enjoy competition as higher level skills will be taught specifically to those who show potential in the sport and want to progress further.

 

At the same time we have teamed up with a local group of young and talented parkour enthusiasts who will be working with Springfit coaches to provide dedicated Freestyle gymnastics sessions throughout the rest of the sports hall. They are pictured here with Springfit Manager Adam Reynolds, who is a qualified Freestyle gymnastics coach himself, and very much looking forward to the sessions.

Expert guidance on all aspects of Free-running and parkour will be covered in this Freestyle class. Members can experience tricking and body varials on the padded floor and practice moves with safety mats to help with building skills in the great outdoors.
With the popularity of such exercise growing every day, these classes are an ideal opportunity for children of all ages and abilities to come and meet the stars of YouTube and learn how to perform impressive tricks, while building strength, flexibility and co-ordination, along with a host of other life skills.

Sessions run from 6:30pm to 8pm and 8pm to 9:30pm on Monday evening at St Bede’s school sports hall in Redhill from 22nd February. Come down and try a class for only £7.50!

 Freestyle team

Nine year old Ruby Charlesworth from Horley has been awarded Springfit Gym Club’s Elite Trophy for her outstanding achievements throughout the last year.
The trophy rewards effort in improving flexibility, strength, attitude and performance in gymnastics.
Ruby has begun competing in regular competitions for the club and has shown a determination in her attitude towards training sessions that her coaches admire. She works hard individually to improve her own ability level and her self-motivation is evident to other members of the Elite gymnastics class. This special class is not advertised by Springfit but provides further hours of training to members through a personal invitation by the Head Coach of the several advanced classes at the club as a means to provide further training in the more difficult skills children can learn.

Ruby clearly enjoys the sport, always training with a huge smile on her face. This is probably the reason she has managed to progress so well in recent months. She puts 100% into every aspect of her training and the results speak for themselves – she has achieved some excellent new moves on the gym floor and on various apparatus and each time this leads to a desire to learn more!

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

 Ruby Charlesworth

Twelve year old Emilie Marsh from Horley has been awarded the coveted “Fay Greene Award for Progress in Gymnastics” trophy for her outstanding achievements throughout the last year.
The trophy is presented annually by Springfit Gymnastics and Trampolining club to the gymnast who, in the opinion of the coaches, has made the most progress in the previous 12 months.
Names are engraved around the base of the trophy for every winner since 1998, when the parents of talented youngster Fay donated the award to the club in memory of her and the sport she loved so much.

The award came as a pleasant surprise to Emilie who participates in two gymnastics classes as well as trampolining with the club and has been coming since she was a little girl. Showing a keenness and dedication that has seen Emilie progress from improvers level classes to the Saturday advanced squad, she stood out from the shortlist drawn up by all five Head Coaches at the club. Having attended various classes, all coaches that knew her agreed she was a pleasure to teach and works really hard.

On several occasions Emilie has been known to approach her coaches and ask what she can do to improve her skills or how she should practice at home. Having such enthusiasm has helped her stand out and be chosen from over 900 children at the club and some very talented gymnasts across several advanced squad classes. She will get to keep the trophy for a year until the 2013 winner is chosen next January. No doubt she is looking to win it for a second time already!

Emilie is pictured here receiving the trophy in front of her peers in the Saturday 1pm advanced gym class at Springfit.

 Emilie Marsh