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!

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.

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!

2016 is going so quick and it was hard to believe that it was already time for our second of our tri-annual trampoline competitions of 2016 on the 2nd July! As usual it was hosted at Moor House School in Hurst Green.

Members from several local clubs joined together including new comers Kim and her team from Surbiton High to show off their amazing talent on the trampolines and try to win medals in various ability categories. The friendly and caring atmosphere that Springfit aim to create at all their competitions made sure that EVERYONE felt comfortable and welcome and definitely will have calmed any pre-competition nerves. There were nearly 70 keen and enthusiastic trampolinists taking part and it was great to see lots of people turning out to support all the competitors.

The first half of the competition was given over to competitors in Grade Levels I and G. Everyone showed fantastic spirit in their determination to perform the best routines they could for the judging panel.

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Grade I & G Medal Winners – Springfit Winners were Emily, Nina and Emily H.

Springfit Trampolinists were on the podium with Emily Lyons (Oakwood, Sunday) taking a Silver medal in Grade I for the 13/14 year olds and Nina Cronin (Oakwood, Saturday) taking Bronze in the same grade for 11/12 year olds. Another noticeable Springfit performance in this half was by 6 year old Emily Hamilton (Oakwood, Thursday) who won the trophy awarded for “effort in competition”. This was presented in loving memory of Marie Manhire-Clark who was a judge at our competitions for many years and tragically passed away at the age of 29. This award is to honour her involvement and encouragement in helping so many people enjoy the sport and enabling them to be able to perform in competitions.

Well Done to all of the other Springfit Trampolinists who put in great routines in these grades but sadly were just outside of the medals – there is always chance to get one in November!

Head Judge Adam Reynolds said of the event: “It is such a pleasure to host these competitions. Seeing the trampolinists improve with each competition they enter is a privilege to see. We also enjoy seeing children who are taking part in their first competition overcome any nerves and put in good solid routines, the months of practice really do show!”

The second half of the competition saw even more medals for Springfit including GOLD for Jazmine Hogan, who trains in our Elite Trampoline Squad at St Bedes on Mondays as well as her regular class at Oakwood on Fridays, in Grade F and Scarlett Shepherd, another one of our Elite Trampolinists who also trains at Oriel, in Grade E.  Fellow Elite Squad member Charlie Claydon took Silver behind Scarlett. Another one of our Elite class boys was 13 year old trampolinist Kieran Hart who trains at Oakwood too, who took home Silver in the Grade G.  Sisters Lily and Eloise Murphy were together on the podium after taking Silver and Bronze respectively in Grade H for those 10 years and under.The sisters train on a Friday together at our Oakwood Centre.

Trampoline Comp Medal Winners
More Medal Winners – Kieran, Charlie, Scarlett, Lily, Eloise and Jazmine.

As usual the synchronised section completed the event – two trampolinists perform the same routine in time with each other.  This is always a great spectacle and a favourite with those who love the sport of trampolining. Springfit Oakwood duo Lily Woolsey &  Sophie – Louise Naylor took a well deserved silver which added to Sophie’s Bronze from the Grade H category. Huge congratulations must go to each and every competitor who displayed determination on the apparatus, and enjoyed the event showing great sportsmanship which helped to create such a fun and friendly atmosphere.

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

 

From 2016 we decided to run our parent sit in and progress medals sessions for both our gymnastics and trampoline classes during the same week. It means a busy week for our coaches and members but it is a great way for parents to see their children perform in class.

During this special session, parents are invited to watch their children and their classmates show the progress they have made, and sometimes enjoy a group performance choreographed by the coach (in gymnastics) as well as individually showcase their ever growing repertoire of skills. The head coach then had to decide on one gymnast or trampolinists whom they felt had made the most progress over the last six months. This is definitely one of their hardest tasks as a Springfit Head Coach, as everyone seems to be coming on leaps and bounds! Coaches also look at other factors such as attendance level, attentiveness in class – this is particularly important in trampolining where everyone should be ‘spotting’ for the other trampolinists – as well perseverance with a tricky move or improvements in balance and co-ordination. At the end of the class, the chosen gymnast or trampolinist was awarded a well deserved gold medal for their hard work and determination.

It  always gives us great pleasure in presenting these lovely shiny gold medals to our Springfit members who we feel deserve the recognition. It boosts  confidence, gives them a sense of pride in what they do and offers something to focus on and work towards every six months. In addition, it’s a class event that all our members look forward to and enjoy, as well as the parents and other spectators!

The Springfit team would like to congratulate all the gymnasts and trampolinists pictured below, who achieved this medal for their fantastic progress throughout the last six months.

                    Trampolining                                                                                                             Gymnastics

Jack Davie STB MON T 1800 6yoSt Bedes Monday 6pm – Jack Davie
Thomas Moon STB MON T 1830 10yoSt Bedes Monday 6.30pm – Thomas Moon
Susannah Hobbs STB MON T 1900 11yoSt Bede’s Monday 7pm – Susannah Hobbs
St Bede’s Monday 7.30pm – N/A
Sophie Rowlands STB MON T 2030 27yoSt Bede’s Monday 8.30pm – Sophie Rowlands
Jubilee Tuesday 4pm – Maja Ciesielska 
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Jubilee Tuesday 5pm – Lara Paisey 
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Jubilee Tuesday 6pm – Amy Thomas 
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Jubilee Tuesday 7pm – Abby Wood 
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St Bede’s Wednesday 6pm  – Luca Ferma 
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Stella Rixon STB Wednesday 7pmSt Bede’s Wednesday 7pm – Stella Rixon
Emily Isherwood OAK WED T 1830 9yoOakwood Wednesday 6.30pm – Emily Isherwood
Oakwood Wednesday 7.30pm – Jessica Miles (No Photo)
Oakwood Wednesday 8.30pm – Catherine Bolton (No Photo)
Kenzie McKinnon OAK THUR T 1645 10yoOakwood Thursday 4.45pm – Kenzie McKinnon
Miles Greasley OAK THUR T 1745 7yoOakwood Thursday 5.45pm  – Miles Greasley
Emily Morigeon OAK THUR T 1845 14yoOakwood Thursday 6.45pm – Emily Morigeon
Melodie Motshweni OAK FRI T 1700 5yoOakwood Friday 5pm – Melodie Motshweni  
Noah Conlon OAK FRI T 1800 7yoOakwood Friday 6pm – Noah Conlon
IMG_4029Oakwood Friday 7pm – Isobel Murphy 
Ella Tresham ORI FRI T 1730 11yoOriel Friday 5.30pm – Ella Tresham
Sophia Wiid ORI FRI T 1830 11yoOriel Friday 6.30pm  – Sophia Wiid
Freddie Sharples ORI FRI T 1930 15yoOriel Friday 7.30pm – Freddie Sharples
Shaye Chubb OAK SAT T 1100 6yoOakwood Saturday 11am – Shaye Chubb
Jacob Budd OAK SAT T 1200Oakwood Saturday 12pm – Jacob Budd
Oakwood Saturday 1pm – David Lowe 
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Hazel Bennett ORI SAT T 1100 5yoOriel Saturday 11am – Hazel Bennett 
Leighton Smith ORI SAT T 1200 6yoOriel Saturday 12pm – Leighton Smith 
Oakwood Sunday 11am – Eva Zielke 
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6pm Elissia Reynolds STB MON GymSt Bedes Monday 6pm – Elissia Reynolds
St Bedes Monday 6.30pm (Freestyle) – N/A
7pm Niamh Graham STB MON 7pmSt Bede’s Monday 7pm – Niamh Graham
Elliott Chambers STB MON FG 2000 13yoSt Bede’s Monday 8.00pm (Freestyle) – Elliott Chambers
Jubilee Tuesday 4pm – Jennifer Moore (Photo to follow)
Tia Chapman JUB TUE G 1700Jubilee Tuesday 5pm  – Tia Chapman
Georgia Brown JUB TUE G 1700 7yoJubilee Tuesday 6pm – Georgia Brown
Evie Slack JUB TUE G 1900 10yoJubilee Tuesday 7pm – Evie Slack 
Ewan Price STB WED T 1800 8yo St Bede’s Wednesday 6pm (Boys) – Ewan Price
Miriam Matata STB WED T 1900 10yoSt Bede’s Wednesday 7pm (Adults) – Miriam Matata
 
Abi Newton OAK WED G 1830 13yo
Oakwood Wednesday 6.30pm (Youth) – Abi Newton 
Oscar_Isaac Blake OAK WED G 1930 8+6yo Oakwood Wednesday 7.30pm (Freestyle) – Oscar & Isaac Blake
Matthew Taylor Oakwood Wednesday 8.30pm (Freestyle) – Matthew Taylor (Photo to follow)
Freddie Love OAK THUR G 1700 3yoOakwood Thursday 5.00pm – Freddie Love
Oakwood Thursday 6.00pm – Sophie Moss  (Photo to follow)
Evan Eggleton OAK FRI G 1700 5yoOakwood Friday 5pm – Evan Eggleton
Eloise Saunders OAK FRI G 1800 7yoOakwood Friday 6pm – Eloise Saunders
Oakwood Friday 7pm – Mollie Lamy (photo to follow)
Thea Pulfer ORI FRI G 1730 4yoOriel Friday 5.30pm – Thea Pulfer
Keira Frankland ORI FRI G 1830 10yoOriel Friday 6.30pm – Kiera Frankland
image-1Oriel Friday 7.30pm – Joe Watkins 

Isla Willams OAK SAT G 1100 6yoOakwood Saturday 11am – Isla Williams
Daisy King OAK SAT G 1200 10yoOakwood Saturday 12pm – Daisy King
Ameilie FobberterBalkOakwood Saturday 1pm – Ameilie Fobbester-Balk
Elsie Tidy ORI SAT G 1100 7yoOriel Saturday 11am  – Elsie Tidy
Robyn Lewis ORI SAT G 1200 7yoOriel Saturday 12pm – Robyn Lewis
Daisy Anderson OAK SUN G 1100 6yoOakwood Sunday 11am – Daisy Anderson

 

After a bit of a break due to a few busy weeks we are back to our “All About” posts, helping you to get to know the coaches a little better . Now it is the turn of Megan Snow who is one of our lovely Trampoline Head Coaches!

Megan Snow

Megan has recently achieved her Level 2 qualification through British Gymnastics. Not only is she a coach but she is also still actively competing in trampolining at Regional and National level with the Gatwick Flyers club. She has started training DMT (Double Mini Trampoline) in the Summer 2015 and is already getting prepared for the National league in this discipline! Who better to teach you trampolining than a near ‘pro’?!

What does your perfect day look like?

I think it’s hard to say… It always depends on my mood I guess but I would have to say my perfect day would be just having fun spending time with my family or friends doing fun activities and going out.

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

I’ve been to loads of countries in my young life but the only place I’ve not been yet and would love to travel would be Thailand. (I am actually going to travel Thailand with friends in December hopefully  : )

What makes you laugh the most?

I’m really lucky to have such a huge family  where everyone makes each other laugh – however it’s always got to be my nieces and nephews who make me laugh the most as they are such little characters and speak their minds which always puts everyone in stitches!

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

Erm.. This is hard as I’m already a fussy eater.. But I guess it would be my Dads roast dinner because they are yummy – minus the meat of course, as I’m not a fan of meats aha!

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

Well if I could have any super powers I would totally have them all… Who wouldn’t!!? 

What makes you happiest?

My cat! And if anyone knows me well they’ll understand my cat is my world aha!

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

My cat, clearly, and seeing as he isn’t a person I would also like to be stranded with Superman because he’s be able to fly us all back home 🙂

How did you get into Trampolining/Gymnastics and what do you love about working for Springfit ?

It’s a really strange way I got involved but when I was younger I actually went to a ballet academy which took up 24 hours a week of my time and during that time we had gymnastic classes for flexibility and a variety of skills including somersaults. One day my dad took me to class before school as he wanted to see what it was like (he was an ex gymnast and trampolinist at a high level back in his day and was offered to train with GB) and he was amazed by what I could at the age of 3/4 that he wanted me to follow in his steps. So he took me to squad classes with Clubs and I enjoyed them so much so I continued! To this day I still compete up to and including National competitions!

I came to Springfit nearly a year ago so that I could have experience coaching in a different environment where I would be challenged more! And I’ve just found it so rewarding because I love seeing the faces on the children and adults as they progress during the classes, but also I just love coming into a place of work where everyone’s always so happy and full of energy because it just completes my day knowing everyone’s so happy. They often turn around and say they “can’t wait for the next class” which is what I love about Springfit classes. It’s all so welcoming and enjoyable no matter what the age or even if you’re a coach or participant in the classes! 

On Saturday 12th March Springfit held the first of their triannual trampoline competitions of 2016 at Moor House School in Hurst Green.

Members from several local clubs joined together to show off their amazing talent on the trampolines and try to win medals in various ability categories. There were over sixty keen children taking part and it was great to see lots of people turning out to support all the competitors.

The younger competitors showed fantastic spirit in their determination to perform the best routine they could for the judging panel. In both entry-level grades and advanced levels, the spectacular moves were met with gasps of admiration from the spectators and feelings of pride by proud coaches. The medal ceremonies saw some delighted winners enjoying the surprise of winning a medal.

The judges were equally impressed with the quality of performances, which seems to get better and better with every event. 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.”

As usual the synchronised section completed the event – two trampolinists perform the same routine in time with each other.  This is always a great spectacle and a favourite with those who love the sport of trampolining.

Huge congratulations must go to each and every competitor who displayed determination on the apparatus, and enjoyed the event showing great sportsmanship which helped to create such a fun and friendly atmosphere.

Springfit Gold medals winners were: Scarlett Shepherd, adding to her collection this time in Level E, Charlie Claydon who performed an almost flawless routine in Level F and Maisie May Scrannage who was overwhelmingly delighted at achieving the top spot in her first ever competition at Level I. There were also Bronze Medals for Ella Tresham at Level H and Jazmine Hogan in Level F.

Along with medals for achievement, there is also a trophy awarded for “effort in competition”. This was presented in loving memory of Marie Manhire-Clark who was a judge at our competitions for many years and tragically passed away at the age of 29. This award is to honour her involvement and encouragement in helping so many people enjoy the sport and enabling them to be able to perform in competitions. Lily Murphy who trains at Oakwood with us on a Friday was the well deserving winner of this trophy at this competition, as she bravely took to the trampolines for her second routine after nerves interrupted her first performance. She celebrates her seventh birthday this month and was full of smiles along with so many others who enjoyed the day.

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

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Proud Medal Winners
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Showing off their Medals and Trophys

 

Between the 14th to 22nd December 2015 we had a record breaking week here at Springfit!!

“Records Week” is an opportunity for gymnasts and trampolinists to challenge their coach (where possible) and hopefully win as well as trying to beat certain moves that other club members have held for the longest, performed the most times, done the highest or furthest.  If there is a certain skill not on the list, members are invited to make up their own record and get their name on the leaderboard.

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.

At the end of the week the records were collated from each venue and the website has been updated to show those who performed the impressive feats best. Click Here to read the full list.

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New Gymnastics Records included:

  • Most forward walkovers in 1 minute  set at 18 by Alice Clinton (Jubilee)
  • Most round offs in 1 minute set at 24 by Edward Duff (St Bedes)
  • Longest bridge walk in 1 minute set at 24m by Katherine Bailey (Oakwood)
New Trampolining Records included:
  • Most twists in one jump set at 2.5 by Aimee Bromfield (Oriel)
  • Half turn tables in 1 minute set at 26 by Karmel Bull (St Bedes)
  • Back bounces in 1 minute set at 56 by Aylish Moore (Jubilee)

It is good to see Club Manager Adam Reynolds ‘still has it’ setting his own new record of 7 Front landing half twist to back landings whilst at Oriel on the 19th December 2015….who will beat that record this December?! The challenge is on!

 

 

Many of you will know Sharley as she is one of our Head Trampoline Coaches who coaches at our Oakwood, Oriel and Jubilee training centres. She is also ready to greet you with a big HELLO and a warm smile even at 9am on a Sunday morning (my daughter attends FunFit with her there). She also has the patience of a saint when ‘independent minded’ 2.5 year olds don’t listen (my daughter again!). We put a few questions to her to help you get to know her a little bit better.

 

What does your perfect day look like?

My perfect day! Perfection is very impossible to come by. However, I have had a few very memorable days that come close to perfection. So to wake up surrounded by new found friends in a beautiful foreign country, to take part in an extreme sport activity (sky diving, for example) and to enjoy some really super good vegetarian food with my favourite people around me… That sounds pretty perfect. Making memories that last a lifetime comes close to perfection, I think.

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

Oh this is a very appropriate question for me! This summer I travelled the whole of Europe, hence the previous answer. So I was going to say somewhere other than Europe. However, I’ve had my heart set on seeing the Aurora Lights, so right now, Iceland is my top choice. To see the lights, and to bathe in the Blue Lagoon. Not to shop for frozen food.

What animal best represents you and why?

I’d say a bird of some sort. But a bird that can fly, birds that can’t fly must be really sad and jealous of flying birds. I’d like to be a bird for the freedom of flight, and because I love heights.

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

In Hungary I had an amazing dinner and it was the best thing I’ve ever eaten. It was a tofu dish, with a sweet honey sauce, jasmine rice and salad. I’d happily eat that. Always. Or chocolate, does that count as a meal?

What makes you happiest?

These questions are so difficult! So many things make me happy. But choosing one thing that makes me the happiest… That’s difficult. I can’t choose! But my happy things in a short condensed list are – travelling and adventures, my friends at home, my friends in other countries, my crazy younger sister, being around nature, good food, beautiful weather..

How did you get into Trampolining/Gymnastics and what do love about Springfit ?

I started taking part in trampolining classes when I was 5 years old. I love the people at Springfit. My colleagues are hilarious, wonderful, brilliant, uplifting people to be around. The gymnasts and parents never fail to make me smile. The people at Springfit make it the club that is it today.