WOW! What a fantastic turn-out for our recent Inter-Club beam and trampette competition! The hall at Oakwood Sports Centre was full to bursting with spectators ready to support the children during their performances. 

Phoenix, Lily and Harriet looking proud with their beam medals.

We started off the competition with the Beam and it was great to see all gymnasts putting in so much effort on this tricky piece of equipment. First up was the Intermediate Gymnasts (2005-2008) and Carmen Bulger, who trains with Head Coach Georgie at the Jubilee Community Centre in East Grinstead, put in a solid and confident display to take home Gold ahead of Kate Trimbell from St Bede’s and Eloise Murphy from Oakwood. Eloise’s sister Lily took home the Gold Medal in the Intermediate category for those born between 2009-2011. She held her nerve to put in a strong performance to finish ahead of Phoenix Hogan and Harriet Jones. The final category in the Intermediate section was on the high beam and we only had one entrant – Jazmine Hogan – who performed so well in her last beam performance for Springfit that she scored enough to take home the gold medal.

Eloise and Katie on the Podium.

Moving onto the advanced levels the moves  got even tricker and included cartwheels, back walk-overs and back-flip dismounts! The spectators were highly impressed with all the performances and all the gymnasts showed great determination to complete their routines and even if they did come off they just got back on like nothing had happened like true professionals! Chloe Forward, who trains at Hazelwick with Head Coach Steve, stormed to Gold on the medium beam and Katie Vaughan took Gold on the high beam ahead of Oakwood’s Eloise Saunders who at only 9 years of age showed great maturity in her performance – definitely one to watch in the future! 

Zoe Murphy, Ava Whyton and Zach Wright

After a short break and change of equipment , we moved onto the Trampette ,which is probably our most popular competition equipment! Grade 1 competitors had to complete 4 jumps off the trampette – Straight, Piked, Straddle and Tuck. Eloise Murphy added a Gold to her Bronze from the beam in the 2006-2008 age group ahead of fellow Oakwood gymnasts Abigail Winton and Niamh Lesova. Next up was the 2009 age group and Copthorne gymnast Lola Ryan took Gold ahead of Lily Murphy, who also added to her medal haul, and Faith Lambert from Hazelwick. Copthorne gymnasts took Gold in the next two age groups with Saskia Spencer and Ava Whyton both taking Gold in the 2010 and 2011-2012 categories respectively. A special mention to Zach Wright who is only 4 but took a bronze medal in his first competition, behind Ava and Zoe Murphy in Silver. 

Moving on to the next grade gymnasts had to complete straddle, pike, half and full turn jumps. In the 2005-2007 age group it was very close between Katie Adams (Jubilee) and Erin Wilson (Copthorne) with Katie taking Gold by just 0.1 points! Chloe Forward was another double medalist taking Gold in the Grade 2 2008 age group and in the final Grade 2 age group (2009-2011) Oakwood’s Emily Dobbs, Phoenix Hogan and Thailia Wright (Copthorne) took home Gold, Silver and Bronze respectively. Stepping up to Grade 3 meant another increase in the difficulty of the jumps completed with dive rolls and front somersaults joining the twist jumps. Head Coach Katie was continued to be amazed with the Copthorne gymnasts performances with Rachel Barrington and Erin Finney taking Gold and Bronze with Bobbi Kuhler (Oakwood) taking the Silver in the 2004-2007 age group. Another Copthorne gymnast, Sofia Booker, split twins Emily  (Gold)and Isabel (Bronze) Gouveia Correia (Oakwood) in the Grade 3 2008-2009 age group on the medal podium. Finally Jazmine Hogan and Katie Vaughan took gold in the Grade 4 and 5 respectively where their jumps where even more complex and included tucked and twisting somersaults, piked baranis and  dive rolls!!

Well Done again to everyone that took part and the full results can be found HERE. 

The summer holidays are a great time to spend time with the children but we understand that its great to have some activities pre-planned to keep the kids entertained! Never fear we will be running PRE-BOOKED additional summer holiday sessions at Hazelwick School every THURSDAY throughout the summer holidays. 

Open to members and non-members, it’s a great way to see if children like the activities, or a way to do more training in our fun and friendly classes!

Classes available to book in 2017 as follows:

12pm to 1pm FUNFIT Combined gymnastics and trampoline classes for ages 2+
1pm to 2pm GYMNASTICS For ages 4+
1pm to 2pm TRAMPOLINE For ages 4+
2pm to 3pm GYMNASTICS For ages 6+ or those with experience
2pm to 3pm TRAMPOLINE For ages 6+
Cost is £8.00 per session (Payments are non-refundable.)

We even offer the chance to *bring a friend for half price* if you have a friend or sibling who would like to join the same class as the person you are booking in. Please just add their name in the form – BOOK HERE and add £4.00 per session to your payment. Subject to availability. Only available at the time of booking. To secure the place(s) please then immediately make one payment at:
www.springfit.org/event-payments

These extra sessions are offered in addition to the DROP-IN Freestyle gymnastics sessions we run at St Bede’s in Redhill every school holiday on Wednesdays.

We would like to congratulate all our gymnasts who won the Progress Medal in the gymnastics classes. The Head Coaches have a tough time on deciding who they feel deserve the medals – they take into account many attributes – dedication, determination, attendance and as well as ability! 

Gymnastics

 
Copthorne Monday 3.30pm Copthorne – Scarlett Ackroyd
 Copthorne Monday 4.30pm  – Winner asked not to be named
Copthorne Monday 5.30pm – Ava Whyton
 St Bede’s Monday 6.00pm – Jessica Hossack
St Bede’s Monday 6.30pm – Orla Myers
 St Bede’s Monday 7.00pm –  Izzy Knowles
St Bede’s Monday 8.00pm – Kaitlin Ashby (photo to follow)
 Copthorne Tuesday 3.30pm – Sienna Bolt
 Copthorne Tuesday 4.30pm – Zach Wright
 Copthorne Tuesday 5.30pm – Ava O’Donnell
Jubilee Tuesday 4pm – Summer Hill
Jubilee Tuesday 5pm  – Amelia Hayward
Jubilee Tuesday 6pm – Amy Coleman
Jubilee Tuesday 7pm – Sophie Day
St Bedes Wednesday (Boys) 6pm – Josh Walker
St Bedes Wednesday (Adult) 7pm – Lloyd Taylor (No photo)
Oakwood Wednesday (Youth) 6.30pm  – Ellie Williams  (Photo to follow)
Oakwood Wednesday (Freestyle) 7.30pm –Zak Gardiner(Photo to follow)
Oakwood Wednesday (Freestyle) 8.30pm  – Jamie Scaramanga (Photo to follow)

Copthorne Wednesday 3.30pm – Isabelle Warren 
Copthorne Wednesday 4.30pm – Noah Smith
Oakwood Thursday (Boys) 5pm -Tim Shew  (Photo to follow)
 Oakwood Thursday (Elite) 6pm – Sophie Tilley (Photo to follow)
Oakwood Thursday (GymFit) 8pm – Darren Cole  (Photo to follow)
Oakwood Friday 5pm – Kourtney Peters
Oakwood Friday 6pm – Zoe Murphy
 Oakwood Friday 7pm – Niamh Lesova
 Hazelwick Friday 5.30pm – Lucy Vance
Hazelwick Friday 6.30pm – Amber Frankland
Hazelwick Friday 7.30pm – Lexi Randall  (Photo to follow)
Oakwood Saturday 11am – Indie Fobbester-Balk 
(Photo to follow)
Oakwood Saturday 12pm – Madison James 
(Photo to follow)
Oakwood Saturday 1pm – Jasmine Keane 
(Photo to follow)
Hazelwick Saturday 11am – Lily Burgress
Hazelwick Saturday 12pm – Sophia Khan
Oakwood Sunday 11am -Belle Herrington

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.