General Gymnastics Classes (Age from full time school 4yrs -16yrs+)
Our core offering at Affinity are our General Gymnastics classes. These classes include work on both floor and apparatus - think bars, beam, vault and tumble track. If you aren't sure where to start... start here - its a little bit of everything and provides a great grounding for moving into other gymnastics disciplines or competitive squads in future should you wish.
This activity is where it all started as a club for us. Our aim was then (and still is!) to offer the best in gymnastics coaching whilst focusing on fun. It's all about coming and enjoying yourself, trying new things and progressing at your own rate. We bring the gymnastics skills and friendly support, you bring a readiness to learn and try, add some fun and its a winning combination.
We're great at breaking skills down into chunks to learn so its a step-by-step programme of skills that starts from age 4 up to 16yrs+. However don't worry if your child is older and just starting gymnastics - we're great at helping each person progress with what they need to learn next. For more insight into how our coaches function during class take a read of club leader Jen's blog 'why i'm not telling you to point your toes.'
Each term, gymnasts work through one of our Affinity Awards - our own badge scheme. We developed this ourselves after years of experience. The scheme matches our syllabus and represents all the wide range of skills our gymnasts learn on floor and apparatus. It will also give you an indication of how many of the skills your gymnast has mastered as we've different achievement grades at each level - passed, commended and highly commended. We'll welcome you into the gym in the last week of term to see a short display of the gymnasts skills plus to celebrate their badge achievements.
We LOVE our general gymnastics. But don't just take our word for it, here's some feedback we've received from Affinity members to help you decide if you'd like to join us (these are all reviews from our FB page):
Take a look at the logistical info below and sign up for class with us here
. We're ready to make your experience of gymnastics as happy and positive and life-changing as it is for us.
What happens at these classes?
We use various apparatus to develop the full range of gymnastics skills including flexibility, balance, coordination and rhythm. Each week the gymnasts work on floor skills as well as 2 large pieces of apparatus. These could be bars, vault, tumble or beam.
We operate a two week lesson plan, allowing for us to introduce a skill one week and develop it the next. However as we switch up the equipment each week, one class is never exactly the same as the previous one - this strikes a good balance between allowing the repetition needed to master skills with no chance of getting bored.
For our 13yrs+ classes we run a slightly different class format, allowing the gymnasts extra choice and input into their training (with our help of course!). Check out the details here
What do the gymnasts achieve?
We guide our gymnasts through the Affinity Award Scheme. On top of this, we continually reward progress and have other Affinity rewards such as stickers, 'Gymnast of the Week' and 'Star of the Term' awards.
We've also squad classes for those showing the talent and abilities to work towards competitions and displays. These are by invitation so often gymnasts start in a general gymnastics class first. Check out our squad gymnastics here
The class length progresses with age with 4-6yrs classes being 45 min, 7-9yr olds have a 60 min class and 10-12yr train for 90 min.
When are these classes on?
Mondays 3:30-4:15pm and Thursdays 3:30-4:15pm & 4:30-5:15pm, Sheredes Primary School
Tuesdays 3:50-4:35pm & 4:55-5:40pm Wednesdays 4:00-4:45pm, Fridays 5:00-5:45pm, Plumpton Road
Saturdays 9:30-10:15am, 10:30-11:15am, 1:15-2:00pm & 3:30-4:15pm Plumpton Road
General Gymnastics (7-9 yrs)
Mondays 4:45-5:45pm, Tuesdays 3:50-4:50pm & 4:40-5:40pm, Wednesdays 4:00-5:00pm, Fridays 5:10-6:10pm, Plumpton Road
Thursdays 4:20-5:20pm and Fridays 3:30-4:30pm, Sheredes Primary School
Saturdays 11:30-12:30pm, 2:15-3:15pm, 3:30-4:30pm, Plumpton Road
General Gymnastics (10-12 yrs)
Tuesdays 4:40-6:10pm and 5:45-7:15pm, Fridays 5:40-7:10pm, Saturdays 10:10-11:40, Plumpton Road
General Gymnastics (13+ yrs)
Monday 7:00-8:30pm, Plumpton Road
Where are these classes held?
Classes are run at Affinity HQ – Plumpton Road, Hoddesdon and our satellite venue, Sheredes Primary School.