It’s HAPPY CHRISTMAS to our Oriel members as Santa drops off a brand new 12 metre air track to the growing venue.

With new classes starting on Saturdays from January, the exciting new equipment comes at a great time to help the new improvers level classes develop their skills in gymnastics.

Serving nearly 150 children at Oriel, the air track will be a source of inspiration for coaches and members alike as they seek to progress and further enjoy the sport.

All kinds of moves can be learnt on the air track, from backflips to somersaults and freestyle tricking skills. Coaches recognise the equipment as one of the most versatile and useful tools available to help develop gymnastics ability, and Springfit members seem to agree!

One member of our St Bede’s venue class has already managed a double backflip on an air track! We look forward to seeing many more moves from our wonderfully talented Friday squad class and huge smiles from our Saturday morning Funfit members. The pre-schoolers are already acquainted with the equipment, having enjoyed jumping around, trying new moves at our last session before the end of the year. It’s so much fun!

Below you can see coach Abbie testing out the equipment last Friday, with Santa teaching trampolining in the background!

Fantastic progress at Oriel…

Means we are able to run a brand new IMPROVERS level gymnastics class at Oriel on Saturdays from 12pm to 1pm.

Starting on January 5th 2013 we can offer more advanced coaching for gymnasts who have progressed beyond beginners level. Head Coach Georgie and her team are looking forward to the opportunity to teach advanced moves and continue to grow the club and the beneficial activities we promote.

In addition, a brand new 12pm trampoline class will be running for children ages 4 and up. Places are already filling, so  get in touch to register your interest now!

Call the office on 0203 478 0203 for more info or to book a place.

 

 

 

 

Springfit club held a competition recently in the Olympic gymnastics disciplines of floor routines and vaulting. We invited people from several local gym clubs and other organisations who provide the beneficial activity in centres throughout Surrey and Sussex.

The event was held at our flagship venue of Oakwood sports centre in Horley, where over 100 spectators turned out to support their children competing in the friendly event. As a recreational club, we provide classes for all ages and abilities from 2 years old, and at age 6 we invite any level of competitor to join in the fun event against their friends and class mates. There are lots of people, even relatively new to the sport, who love to show what they can do and give themselves a chance to win a medal from the panel of judges.

Everyone received a certificate of achievement for taking part and there were lots of smiles from the gold medal winners and proud parents. Someone from every club was invited and someone from every venue of the host club’s four centres walked away with a podium spot, so there was lots of talent spread all around that was recognised and rewarded. There is even a trophy awarded by the judges for effort, given to the child who didn’t quite make the medals but showed a lot of character in taking part.

The coaches of every club helped to make the event a success and many parents commented on how friendly the whole show was for their nervous little ones. With three competitions a year, they can be assured that there will be more joy to come!

Pictured below are the medal winners from the beginners grades and advanced grades. From top left to bottom right:

Jack Ashton (8, Springfit – St Bede’s), Kate Moseley (9, Pointers), Hannah Warbey (8, Springfit – Jubilee), Sammy Scott-Browne (9, Springfit  -Oakwood), Rebecca Ogston (9, Springfit – Oakwood), Kieran Hart (9, Springfit – Oakwood), Millie Gibbins (10, Pointers), Megan Cline (7, Springfit – Oakwood), Lauren Cahill (6, Pointers), Megan Smith (Springfit  – Jubilee), Amber Worth (8, Pointers), Eloise North (6, Pointers) and Lily Andrews (5, Springfit – Oakwood).

Abbie Clifton (14, Springfit – Oriel), Alice Melville (14, Springfit – Oakwood), Jessica Hann (13, Pointers), Daisy Roadnight (14, Pointers), Francesca Bagley (14, Springfit – St Bede’s), Lily Fairhall (14, Pointers), Georgia Gunn (13, Springfit – Jubilee), Lucy Pidgeon (11, Springfit), Lily Edwards (7, Springfit), Emily Marti-Cornish (7, Springfit), Lucy Baxter (11, Springfit – St Bede’s) and Georgia Shackel (12, Springfit – St Bede’s).

 

Ten year old Jonathan Brown has taken part in several competitions with his local gymnastics and trampoline club Springfit, showing a healthy enthusiasm for the events and challenging himself to perform to the best of his ability. He recently did a project at school on his biggest passion and chose trampolining. He also did a school project on a person that had inspired him and chose his first trampoline coach Adam Reynolds who is now the club manager at Springfit.

He has trained at Oakwood Sports Centre in Horley for over three years and recently moved to the high performance Saturday morning trampoline classes at Oriel school in Maidenbower to further increase his ability levels. He performs front and back somersaults at the age of just 10 and shows great ambition and determination to achieve even greater moves on the apparatus.

In his first Springfit competition in February 2010 Jonathan achieved 3rd place performing at Grade 8 – a great start to his competitive experience. In the next event in June 2010 he missed out on a medal by 0.15 points and worked hard to earn 3rd place at Grade 9 in July 2011. Stepping up further, he won 2nd place at Grade 10 in June 2012 and his appetite for competition grew, so he worked harder to earn the top spot. Amongst the most difficult and closely matched group of gymnasts to date, Jonathan took the gold medal at grade 10 last Saturday, much to his surprise.

Jonathan’s Mum, Nicola, is extremely proud of his achievements and his current coach, Sharley, is looking forward to seeing him perform at the next level up in future competitions. The advanced grades contain twisting somersaults and moves with more than a full rotation, ensuring some spectacular moves are in line for Jonathan to learn in the coming months. He also gets to create his own ‘voluntary’ routine, putting in any moves that he has learnt, including skills with higher difficulty which earn more points for the complexity. This should help whet his appetite for his favourite sport in the world.

Pictured is Jonathan receiving his gold medal at last Saturday’s trampoline competition and a couple of him in action during his routine.

Several local trampoline clubs came together recently to take part in a friendly competition for children throughout Surrey and Sussex. They ranged from many shy and nervous first-time competitors to teenage bouncing sensations, performing complex moves for the audience.

The tri-annual events see Springfit bring many members to the competitions. There were plenty of winners taking home medals for each of the ability-based categories and some were so popular they were further split into age ranges.

Five different clubs had gymnasts competing and every one of them had a winner amongst their entrants. Many were competing for the first time, and everyone commented on how supportive the friendly atmosphere helped them have the courage to compete against their peers and enjoy the afternoon.

There were plenty of spectators who enjoyed the performances too, with the balcony packed with onlookers and proud parents cheering their children’s involvement.

The judging panel scored routines from those who have achieved Grade 8 of the Winstrada proficiency award system used throughout the UK right up to advanced grades from the same scheme. The Grade 10 and above levels, where somersaults are introduced, is always a tough category to distinguish winners from. A difference of only 0.2 points separated first and third place, with several others coming extremely close to the podium places.

The synchronised section completed the event, where two trampolinists perform the same routine in time with each other, being awarded extra points for being in time. This is always a great spectacle and a favourite with those who love the sport of trampolining.

Pictured below are the medal winners from the Advanced sections of the competition. From top left to bottom right:

Jonathan Brown (10, Springfit), Jemma Denman (11, Anti-Gravity), Abigail Moore (10, Pro-Gravity), Ella Price (10, Pro-Gravity) and Abigail Barker (16, Pointers)

Last weekend we put on a show for all the parents and friends of the club. Our ‘spooky’ themed Club Display, dubbed “Fright night at the gym”, was held at Oakwood Sports Centre in Horley – one of four local venues we run activities at, and was attended by over 300 spectators and 250 children!
Every gymnastics class at the club performed a routine to music, which took months of preparation and lots of hard work from their dedicated coaching teams. There were trampoline routines by children of all ages and abilities on show, and a spectacular finale by the coaches which won rapturous applause.

Members of our adult classes took centre stage for a well choreographed routine to War of the World’s theme tune, but the stars of the show were advanced gymnasts from five high level classes at the club who dazzled the audience with back somersaults and other technically superior moves. There was even a demonstration from some of the freestyle participants who flipped and twisted their way around the room on and off the apparatus to much amazement.

With a huge spider web backdrop, lights, lasers, smoke machines and an amazing sound system, it was a massive event with challenges and audience participation that won the hearts of family and friends in attendance. Volunteer helpers ran raffle stalls and helped make sure everyone enjoyed their time at Oakwood. Parents commented on how pleased they were to see the coaches doing the activities and how friendly everyone was throughout the afternoon. It helps inspire the young ones to see the advanced gymnasts doing their sport, and provided a great advertisement for the club which has seen membership grow from strength to strength every month throughout Surrey and Sussex.

Pictured below is Ellie Porter during her routine.

Ellie Porter at the show

The success of our adult gymnastics class at Oakwood sports centre, Horley is evident if you just ask any of the dozens of people who have been along in recent months. With drop-in options available for those who cannot commit to coming every week, we ensure that members have fun and learn new moves every time you come.

At very reasonable prices for the hour long session running every Thursday at 8pm, it begs the question, why wouldn’t you try it!

Now there is absolutely no reason not to, as we offer BRING A FRIEND FOR FREE throughout December 2013. 

Introduce your friends and colleagues to the wonderfully beneficial sport of gymnastics with absolutely no obligation to join.

With the introduction of an all-star coaching team in Steve and Stacey, there couldn’t be a better time to join the class. Both are highly qualified (level 3) British Gymnastics coaches and have a wealth of experience on offer to help you get the best out of our sessions.

To book a place, simply contact the club to provide your name and number, then come on down!

PLEASE Get others involved and help us spread the word by printing a poster to display in your staff common room or on your window. As winter draws in, let’s get everyone off the icy streets and into our fun-filled gymnasium!!

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE POSTER

to put up at your workplace…

It looks like this (below). Thank you.

Adultclassposter
Help promote our beneficial adult gym classes

Our 2012 Club Display was a massive success with over 300 spectators and nearly 250 gymnasts descending upon Oakwood Sports Centre in Horley on Sunday 21st October. Every gym class from three venues performed routines to music with great enthusiasm and smiles aplenty! There were some fantastic spooky costumes on display and everyone enjoyed the challenges throughout the afternoon. Photos and video to follow.

A huge thanks must go to all the staff and volunteers who helped make the display such a wonderful event. Without the efforts of coaches and parents preparing the hall, moving chairs, directing spectators and many more important roles, we would never have been able to throw such a grand display.

RAFFLE WINNERS were:

Handyman for the day from the HOUSE OF BUILDING – orange 900 – Liz Clark.
Tea for two at The Goring, London – orange 276 – Hannah McHardie.
SEVEN SINS tattoo voucher – orange 494 – Julie Enderson.
DOMINO’S Pizza vouchers – yellow 441 – Fay Brigden.
MONA VIE discount voucher – orange 76 – Tony Sutton
RIVA Health, Hair & Beauty Day Spa voucher – orange 89 – Roz Creasey.
Dinner for two at Lion D’Or Copthorne Hotel – orange 22 – Danni Bradley.
Two course dinner for two at Cherry Tree restaurant – pink 62 – Zach Love.
Cuddly teddy bear – yellow 148 – Lexi Curry.
Magical world of unicorns book – orange 56 – Lydia Parker.
Springfit t-shirt –

Congratulations to you all!

The PROGRAMME ran as follows:

12pm:
[spooky stretch]
Fri 5pm Gym OAK Beginners THE FREAKY FRIDAYS
Fri 5.30pm Gym ORIEL Beginners
Mon 6pm Gym ST BEDES Beginners THE ACRO-BATS
Sat 11am Gym ORIEL Beginners
[spooky stretch]
Fri 6pm Gym OAK Improvers
Thu 6.30 Gym OAK BOYS
Fri 7pm Gym OAK Advanced
Thu 7.30pm Gym OAK ADULTS

2pm – [INTERVAL]

SECOND HALF

Display introduction for second half
[Spooky Stretch]
Sat 11am Gym OAK Beginners
Sun 11am Gym OAK Improvers
Sat 12pm Gym OAK Improvers
Wed 6pm Gym ST BEDES BOYS
[Spooky Stretch]
Fri 6.30pm ORIEL Improvers
Mon 7pm Gym ST BEDES Advanced
Fri 7.30pm Gym ORIEL Advanced
Sat 1pm Gym OAK Advanced
COACHES ROUTINE [Finale]

For the Progress medal winners, please CLICK HERE

 

Following much anticipation, our brand new 15 metre air track has arrived at our main venue of Oakwood Sports Centre, Horley. The exciting new equipment has gone down a treat with members of all ages and abilities in over 14 classes, serving the needs of nearly 300 children and adults, as they seek to progress their gymnastic skills and further enjoy the sport.

All kinds of moves can be learnt on the air track, from backflips to somersaults and freestyle tricking skills. Coaches recognise the equipment as one of the most versatile and useful tools available to help develop gymnastics ability, and Springfit members seem to agree!

One member of our St Bede’s venue class has already managed a double backflip on an air track! We look forward to seeing many more moves from our wonderfully talented Elite class and adult class. The pre-school aged Funfit classes are also enjoying jumping around, trying new moves. It’s so much fun!

Our much anticipated 2012 “Fright night” Club Display is nearly upon us!

Members of every gym class will be spooking people with a number of routines to music and trampolinists will be performing some of their own routines and showing off their scary aerial moves. We will also be presenting our bi-annual “progress medals” for one deserving member of each class.

As we build up to the big day, why not join in the fun by joining our fun competition to design your own spooky leotard?

The person who coaches decide has produced the best leotard design will win a refund of a family ticket (4 tickets) worth £20.00 for the display.

CLICK HERE to download a leotard template.

(right-click and select “save link as” or “save target as”)

So get colouring and hand it back to your coaches!