On 7th May, Springfit gymnasts were invited to take part in the annual Acrobatic gymnastics competition hosted by our sister club – Pointers in Warlingham. Acrobatic Gymnastics involves partnering with another individual or a team to perform routines consisting of counter-balance moves, lifts, dance and tumbling, all set to music. By learning as a pair or group, gymnasts develop their skills, strength and coordination together. Partnerships are judged on artistry, difficulty of skills and the execution of skills. 

  Our great Springfit Gymnasts ready to perform!

The day was filled with energy and the support from relatives and friends was fantastic – we enjoy these local competitions as much as our gymnasts, they are so friendly and fun! 

Springfit gymnasts took home a bucketful of medals – including in three Springfit pairs in Grade 1 sharing first place with a duo from High Vaultage! Congratulations to Rachel Barrington and Saskia Spencer (Copthorne -coached by Katie), Jasmine Keane and Isabell Ball (Oakwood –coached by Plamen) and Ellie Blackstock and Daisy Maclay (Jubilee – coached by Georgie and Abbie) for holding their nerve and putting in a near perfect performance in this tough category.  Next up twins Amber and Lauren Frankland put in a great performance (see the video kindly shared by their parents) to take Gold in the Grade 1 category (starting value between 10.8-11.8). The twins are coached by Head Coach Steve at our Hazelwick training centre and you can see him proudly watching them in the video! It was a clean sweep for Springfit with Florie Bradstock and Katie Harding (Jubilee) and Ella-Mae Cox and Emily Dobb (Oakwood) taking silver and bronze. The Grade 1 duos were very entertaining with some clever choreography to pieces of music from films like the Pink Panther!  

Grade 2 Pairs meant more medals for our gymnasts with Hazelwick duo Chloe Forward and Lexi Randall taking 2nd closely followed Oakwood’s Amelie Fobbester-Balk and Amy Lee taking 3rd place. 

In Grade 3 Springfit veterans Sammy Scott-Browne and Jazmine Hogan narrowly missed out on silver to take home a bronze medal – they had the added pressure of going live on our Facebook Page with their performance as well! Click here to watch them perform – Sammy and Jazmine . 

In the higher grades the routines got harder and higher and even with an extra person when the trios took to the mats!

Springfit Trios also put in excellent performances – Aimee Jordan along with sibling pair Amy and Daniel Taristano took Gold as did Katie Vaughan, Sammy Scott-Browne and Sophie Tilley in the Grade 3 Trios who all train together in our Elite Squad at Oakwood. 

What a day! We would like to congratulate all the gymnasts that took part – you did yourself, your family and Springfit proud! Full Results can be found here

On Sunday 12th March nearly 50 Springfit gymnasts travelled up to Warlingham to take part in our sister club’s, Pointers, Annual Tumbling Competition and nearly a third of them took home a medal!! The discipline of tumbling is a real pleasure to watch for proud parents and coaches as well as fellow competitors as gymnasts link impressive move after impressive move along a strip of floor matting.

Some of Springfit Tumblers ready for action!

The first half of the competition was jammed packed with Grade 1 and 3 gymnasts completing their 3 runs to the panel of judges.  These more elementary levels had the gymnasts completing sequences compromised of forward and backward rolls, cartwheels and turning jumps. For many gymnasts this was their first competition and so they had not experienced the thrill of competition before but were buoyed by the friendly and welcoming nature of the well-organised afternoon in Warlingham.

 

Springfit gymnasts who took home medals in the first half were:

Grade 1

  • Lily Owens Bronze (2009)
  • Alexia Gibb Bronze (2010-2011)

    Happy Medal Winners!
  • Harry Osbourne (Boys) Bronze – he missed Silver by only .06 point
  • Eloise Murphy Gold, Carmen Bulger Silver, Sophie Day Bronze in the 2005-2008 category and only 0.3 points separated them. 

Grade 3

  •  Joe Watkins Silver (2001-2006) and was only .06 off Gold followed by Lexi Kane with Bronze
  • Amelia Telfer (2007-09) Bronze

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’. 

Head Coach Helen Hutson Pope had this to say : “Our lovely Springfit Gymnasts enjoyed a challenging and fun tumbling competition this weekend against some of our sister clubs. We had some worthy medallists amongst a strong line-up, so a big well done to them! And as always the real winners were our wonderful children who showed great determination and sportsmanship, supported by the parents and families. It was a wonderful show of enthusiasm and appreciation for all the competitors.”

In the second half Springfit Gymnasts took home another 5 medals:

Grade 2

  • Chloe Forward(2008-10 ) took Gold  with Eloise Saunders taking Bronze
  • Oilvia Geason-James (2006-07) took Silver and Geogrie Davis took Bronze

Grade 4 

  • Daniel Tarsitano – Silver

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 acrobatics routines to practice in class ready for the competition in May. 

The full set of results can be found here: Results.

 

The second weekend in March was busy with the competition calendar kicking off with the first Springfit Trampoline Invitational at Moor House School in Oxted.

We were inundated with entrants from all over Surrey and West Sussex and the competition was as fierce as usual but the fun and friendly atmosphere that everyone has come to know and love about Springfit’s competitions was still there!

The competition was tough and all trampolinists performed two routines, showing amazing displays of talent and determination. The age of those competing ranged from 5 to 15 years. Although this was a friendly competition, young trampolinists were still under pressure to perform their routines with precision and in front of a large crowd with all eyes on them.

Some of our happy medalists!!

In the first half of the competition saw Springfit trampolinists take 4 medals – there was a Gold medal for Ed Collingwood who trains at our Jubilee training centre and only 0.03 points behind was Heather Hall, who trains on a Friday at Hazelwick School with Head Coach Natalie, in the Grade I for those aged 8 and under. The final medals in this section went to our Elite Trampolinists who are coached by Club Manager Adam – Charlie Claydon took Silver in the Level E Grade and Scarlett Shepherd and Jazmine Hogan in the Synchro section took another Gold medal – there is no stopping these girls! 

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.  Each showcased their talent to the panel of judges with poise and precision in this tricky sport.

The second half of the competition saw our Grade F-H trampolinists take to the trampoline and another 4 medals for Springfit! In Level H Oakwood Trampolinists 11 year old Demie O’Leary and 10 year old Sophie-Louise Naylor took silver and bronze respectively. Finally sisters Eloise and Lily Murphy narrowly missed gold to take silver in the Level H Synchro. 

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.”

Proud Medalists
Holly with her trophy

Holly Earl from FliteCrew took home the Marie Manhire-Clark trophy for effort as she put in a solid display and her routines were memorable for the judges

We believe that competitions like this really do boost children’s confidence. It gives them such a sense of achievement and something to be proud of. Even if they don’t win, performing in front of a crowd does wonders for self esteem.
Our next event in July is already highly anticipated Watch this space!

A huge well done and congratulations to all those who took part!

 

Another weekend, another competition for Springfit this November – our gymnasts and trampolinists certainly have been busy! A number of our Elite Trampolinists and Gymnasts were invited along to compete in Flair Gymnastics Club Invitational on Sunday 27th November and we were extremely happy to bring home a number of medals!

Clean Sweep for Springfit Trampolinists!
Clean Sweep for Springfit Trampolinists!

We were so proud that three of our Elite Trampolinists took all the medals in the Trampoline section – Head Gymnastics Coach Katie took a well deserved Gold followed by Scarlett Shepherd and Jazmine Hogan in Silver and Bronze respectively. Jazmine and Scarlett train hard together in our Elite Squad and often perform together in the Synchro section of our trampoline competitions and so we were so pleased that they were together again on the medal podium!

Katie Vaughan and Sophie Tilley, who train with Head Coach Plamen in our Elite Gymnastics Squad, were competing in a very tough gymnastics section and so it was great when Sophie took a well deserved Bronze!

Thank you to Flair for organising a great competition and we can not wait to return next year and hopefully bring back even more medals!

Last weekend saw the final competition of Springfit’s Competition Calendar and what a finish it was! We had over 250 spectators and over 90 competitors so it was very busy afternoon at Oakwood Sport Centre.

In every category , gymnasts were invited to to perform one floor routine and one vault and together the score was combined to give a placing in every grade.

Due to the sheer number of competitors the competition was split into two, the first half was for those in Grade 1/2 and nearly all the medals went to Springfit gymnasts! It was great to see some boys making their way onto the podium – Oliver Liddle who trains with Helen and Sean in our St Bede’s Boys Gymnastics Class took Gold in our Grade 1 section for those aged 8-12 years; Oliver Snowdon , who trains with Katie at Copthorne Parish Hub, took Bronze in Grade 2 (9 years) as did William Parsons in Grade 2 (7 years), who also trains in a Boys Only class at Oakwood Sports Centre with Head Coach Plamen.

Phoenix Hogan had another Gold Medal winning weekend taking the top spot in Grade 1 for those aged 6/7 years. This category had all Springfit Medalists with Chloe Dean (Oriel) and Elena Chater (Jubilee) taking Silver and Bronze respectively. The next category was another all Springfit affair with Zita Katona and Hannah Chizyuka taking Gold and Silver in Grade 2 (9 years) ahead of Oliver.

Gymnastics Competition
Taking it all in at the gymnastics Competition

Spectators and Judges were wowed by staddles and handsprings over the vaults and smooth displays of tumbles, rolls, handstands and more! In the remaining Grade 2 sections, Springfit gymnasts took 2 more medals – Bronze for Sophie Day and Gold for Jasmine Cooper who both train with Georgie at our Jubilee Training Centre.

As we moved into the higher grades, the vaults got more impressive and floor routines more complicated and we were pleased that Kate Trimbell took Silver ahead of Kiera Bruce in Grade 3 and Katie Vaughan, who trains in our Elite Gymnastics Squad, also took Bronze in Grade 6.

Again we would like to thank everyone that came along to take part or support the gymnasts – it was another fantastic competition and embodied what Springfit is all about enjoying gymnastics is an safe and fun environment and also gaining great experience in competing in a friendly and supportive environment.

Full Results can be find here – RESULTS.

 

Last Saturday was the final Springfit Trampoline Competition of 2016 and there was an amazing turnout with over 70 trampolinists from 6 different clubs taking part. We would like to thank everyone that turned up to support their trampolinists as well the coaches, judges and spotters from all of the clubs – without you all there would not a competition!

The first half kicked off with the Grade I trampolinists. In the first three categories the medals were dominated by trampolinists from NMBEC, High Vaultage and Surbition High School.

The first Springfit medal came in the 9 year category with a Bronze for Maddie Austin who is coached by our Club Manager Adam on a Saturday at Oakwood Sports Centre.

Gold Medal Winning Sisters Jazmine and Phoenix Hogan along with Emily Hamilton (Marie Manhire-Clark Trophy for Effort).
Gold Medal Winning Sisters Jazmine and Phoenix Hogan along with Emily Hamilton (Marie Manhire-Clark Trophy for Effort).

Next completing a routine full of seat drops, front landings, twist jumps and tucks were the competitors aged 8 and younger and for many of the competitors in this section it was their first competition but they all did a fantastic job keeping control of any nerves. It was fantastic to see 7 year old Phoenix Hogan finally take a GOLD medal in a trampoline competition with a fantastic score of 15.47 and 8 year old Henri Kola take Silver with 15.07. Both Phoenix and Henri train at Oakwood with Adam and Head Coach Emma. Another Springfit winner is this category was Emily Hamilton who was awarded the Marie Manhire-Clark Trophy for Effort who put on fantastic display in her first competition and overcame nerves (sadly her coach Alex was unable to attend due to illness to support her) to put into two solid displays.

Medal Winners from Grades I & E
Medal Winners from Grades I & E

To mix it up it was decided to put the highest Grade (E) in the first half of the competition to allow some of the lesser experienced trampolinists see what they can achieve if they keep training. Jazmine Hogan produced two solid routines to take Gold in a very close category over Bea Torre from Anti-Gravity. The girls put on a dazzling display of somersaults, baranis and jumps with twists.

After a short break and a warm-up session for our second half competitors we moved onto the Grade H, G and F. In the first category were our Grade H 11-15 year olds – Springfit’s Sophie-Louise Naylor missed out on the Bronze medal by only 0.03 points and not fair behind Nina Cronin and Lily Woolsey were in joint 6th place. Next up was the those Grade H trampolinists aged 10 years and under and we are so pleased that Oakwood Eva Zielke took Bronze in this category and only narrowly missed the Silver medal by 0.07 points.

Synchro Medalists

We then moved onto Grade G and in the older age category 12 year old Harrison Freear took Bronze and Elise Allenyne was awarded the Marie Manhire-Clark award for effort as she put in a sterling display after having to make a last minute change to her voluntary routine.  The final Springfit medals of the day came in the Synchro section where Scarlett Shepherd and Jazmine Hogan (Grade E) , who train together in our Elite Trampoline Squad at St Bedes with Club Manager Adam, took Silver and Sophie-Louise Naylor and Lily Woolsey (Grade H) took Bronze. The second half of the competition also saw another set of Gold medal winning sisters – Emily and Chloe Davey from Anti-Gravity took the winning place on the podium in the Grade H and F respectively. Again we would like to congratulate everyone that took part and thank everyone who helped make this event such a resounding success. We can not wait till the next competition in March 2017.

Full Results can be found here – RESULTS.

Grade H, G , F & Synchro Medalists.

 

During 2016 our Head Coaches and Management Team have been busy behind the scenes working on our own Proficiency Awards scheme and we are happy to announce that it is now being used in all of our classes to assess progress.

Beautiful New Awards ready to be given out!
Beautiful New Awards ready to be given out!

We developed our own system with 15 levels rather than the previous awards systems 10 levels. Now members can achieve their next badge on a more regular basis, we had had feedback that some children were becoming disheartened after passing one badge it could take what seems like a long time before they had achieved all the necessary skills for the next level. We believe that this will help to keep the children motivated and our coaches also love to be award to recognise the achievement of the children (or adults!) within the class! Go to our Awards Page – www.springfit.org/awards  to see the new Awards Structure.

As you know you can now monitor progress via our Home Portal –http://springfit.courseprogress.co.uk – if you have not yet registered then do so now! More information on how to register can be found here – HOME PORTAL.

Next in the firing line for us to get to know a bit better is another one of our Head Gymnastics Coaches – the lovely Helen Hutson-Pope. She teaches at our St Bede’s Training Centre in Redhill – including our Adults Gymnastics on a Wednesday. Helen is an great asset to our Club and has recently taken on the role of Coach Co-Ordinator, assisting our coaches on furthering their education and making sure all their necessary paperwork is up to date.

 

HELENHP

1 – What does your perfect day look like?

I would love to relive a day in Ibiza last year which was about as perfect as it could get. We had a huge villa for all our friends and their families. We played pool games in the morning, had an in-house chef cook the most amazing BBQ lunch. Then in the afternoon, the dads and kids flew home leaving the ‘girls’ to party on a private yacht on into the evening.

2 – Where do you most want to travel, but have never been?

I have been very lucky to have travelled pretty much to everywhere I’ve had on my bucket list. But my husband will laugh because despite him travelling up to Scotland on a regular basis, no matter how much I ask, he’s never taken me with him to Edinburgh!! So that’s where I’d like to go.

3 – What makes you laugh the most?

I do love American sitcoms. They’ve got it nailed.. Big Bang Theory and Frasier never get tired, and Brooklyn 99 is my fave at the moment.

4 – If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Pizza

5 – If you were a super-hero, what powers would you have?

To get to anywhere I want to go with a single blink of my eyes. I hate waiting!

6- What makes you happiest?

Being just in the moment with my close friends; drinking, chatting, laughing, dancing. 

7 – Who would you want to be stranded with on a deserted island?

Probably just my cats. I wouldn’t end up killing them ! But I might make a little space under my palm tree for Ian Somerhalder 😉

 8-  How did you get into Gymnastics and what do you love about Springfit ?

I got back into gymnastics when I took my daughter to her first gymnastics classes at the age of 3. I started helping out, and it just snowballed from there. I love Springfit because of the spirit of the Club which values every child (and adult) equally, regardless of ability, and has its focus primarily on fun and fitness, not its trophy cabinet!

We said that there was going to be some new and interesting changes in 2016 and the first phase has been implemented as you may have noticed!

We’ve gone high-tech! You have probably seen your coaches have a tablet with them  – this allows them to take the register and make regular assessments on your child’s development towards their Badge Awards  and all of this information is automatically fed back straight to the office and means no more bits of paper, filling in forms, or digging around for an envelope!

pexels-photo-129208-mediumMore importantly it means you can now see exactly what your child is working on, and how they are progressing towards their Badge Awards. To do this please register your Home Portal account. Visit http://springfit.courseprogress.co.uk and sign up using the full member number which is your four-digit unique identifier with “1000” before it. Ie “10006556” for member 6556. We hope it proves to be a useful and interesting tool and you can do it from your phone, tablet or PC!

 

Look out for our email notifications of your child passing a badge, or when your subscription payment is due, and simply pay online. Your child will still receive their certificate and badge as usual in class. Let us know if something doesn’t look right as we bed the system in.

Watch this space for more information about our New Awards as well…. a sneak preview will be coming soon!

We are so happy to announce that we’ve  launched a new class on THURSDAYS at 8pm at Oakwood Sports Centre in Horley. Classes will be run by our Head Gymnastics Coach Plamen, who is also a qualified Personal Trainer.

It is a fun and exciting new concept of using Gymnastics based equipment for fitness and to improve strength, flexibility, range of movement and balance. Not only that you will make friends and have fun – exercise doesn’t feel like exercise when you are having fun!

COME AND JOIN US FOR ONLY £15 FOR ALL OF AUGUST!!!

At such a good price, it seems silly not to give it a go!

Contact us to find out more or to book your place.