Kind regards and cartwheels
Jennifer Page, Affinity Founder and Chief Invitational Enthusiast
Co-ed competing groups!
We see no reason why boys and girls at this level should be judged separately. We started this last year and shall continue into 2020. Everyone is combined into relevant age categories with both boys and girls together - after all, we're all doing the same skills and train together, why should we compete separately? Plus it helps with....
Equal competing groups!
Up until now, gymnasts all across the world have competed in age groups split by one or more birth years. This can result in some very large competing categories in some years and some very small ones in others based on who enters - it's uneven by nature. We're not going to stay limited by this and instead, we'll take everyones DOB, list all the gymnasts out then split into as equal as possible competing categories from there. We're aiming for 10-15 gymnasts per category allowing each gymnast the same medal chances as anyone else.
Event t-shirts are back!!!
...... but you’ll have to wait to find out the colour.
Event marshals and other support team – we need you!
We’re aiming to host 500 gymnasts across 5 rounds of competition. Each round will have 6 apparatus set ups running at the same time. To make all run smoothly we need LOADS of help – and it’s great fun to get involved. We’ll need helpers to be apparatus marshals (this is helping organise everyone into the right places at the right time), door staff (who check in the spectator tickets), scorers (someone good at excel inputting) and general helpers (for the all important tea run and to make sure our busy team actually eat). We provide all the training and guidance (I must say we have a great set of ‘how to’ guides for each role) and apparatus marshals will also be provided with rather fetching affinity t-shirts. You’ll be able to make your gymnast jealous with that....
DE photo are back - and they are mega excited. Steve (their leader) says our competition is his most favourite one he's been to (and he attends gymnastics events every month). He loves the fun and friendly atmosphere and us fabulous people there (well of course!)
Walk the red carpets to the presentation zone to collect your medals to massive rounds of applause.
Ahhh only one of our most ‘genius’ ideas! –
The Bonus AWESOMENESS Skill !
At the end of each floor routine, the gymnasts are invited to perform one extra thing of their choice. This can be ANYTHING. A recognised gymnastics skill or something from another discipline - think ninja kicks, bendy dance skills, cheer stretches, even a great ending pose. All those cool things we like doing but you’d never (usually) put into a routine - do it here!
We’re looking for confidence, personality, fun and smiles and it gains bonus points only – no deductions. We hope this will also help our non-general gymnastics gymnasts feel more welcome.
" What a wonderful time my daughter had. Thought it was well organised, fun and not as scary as she thought it would be! Feel really proud that she is part of Affinity, you are all amazing teachers, you have such great patience and really give her such encouragement to try challenging things. Thank you to you all! Look forward to next years competition."
" My son had a great time. I think this competition is an excellent idea to give the beginners a chance to compete and show how great they are."
" Over the moon!! Two very happy boys… very proud!!"
" The group warm up was great to watch and seemed to ensure that all the gymnasts really enjoyed it. Watching the actual event and seeing how well my daughter had developed
" Thank you so much a fabulous day on Sunday. Of course now my daughter really has the bug and wants to do more gymnastics!...it was so lovely to see all the children having such a great time and she glowed all afternoon. It's really given her a much needed confidence boost."
" I thought how lovely it was that every gymnast received a certificate and were made to feel special. It had a very warm and welcoming family feel to the whole day."
"Just seeing my child compete with her team mates and thoroughly enjoying the whole day. Despite not winning a medal she came away with the biggest smile.
It was so well organised. My daughter became really nervous when we arrived up until she took part. The staff were amazing with her and she left saying she couldn’t wait for next year
You could see the gymnasts clearly (good view from stands). Liked the special awards at the end as this was very inclusive.
We'd LOVE you to get involved! So what kind of volunteers do we need?
Scoring - this involves entering scores into an excel spreadsheet, straightforward but attention to detail needed.
Door staff – you’ll need to arrive 30min before the start of the round and check in spectator tickets on an app you can download to your phone.
Apparatus Marshals - This involves organising gymnasts in the right place at the right time, alongside the coaches. (We'll need your t-shirt size for this role)
General Helper - assisting where needed, tea runs etc
You can even be a 'SUPER-HELPER' and do a door staff and apparatus marshall role as one is before the Round and one is during the round!
We'll give all training needed for these, all we need are people ready to help! Please let us know what you can do.
If you'd love to get involved - fill out details on your athletes entry form or if you aren’t connected to an athlete, please message us at:
Entry includes a special event t-shirt and costs £20.
We're also running some additional practice sessions in February Half Term - book your place now
Brilliant! We can’t wait for you to experience it. And yes your gymnast will be ready – we’ll help!
We’ve made only minor changes to the skills this year as we changed them a lot for last years event and think they are still suitable. Your gymnast may have moved up a level though which will mean learning new skills. Even if they are competing the same skills as last year, we feel its still a great experience and they will be able to show how they have improved.
For Affinity gymnasts here’s our guide:
Bronze – those in 60 min classes (competing Sunday 15th)
Silver – those in 90 min classes (some competing Saturday, some Sunday. We’ll be splitting by age, with the older gymnasts will be on Saturday and younger on sunday, it depends on the numbers entered across the levels. Unfortunately we can’t refund if you can’t then compete - so please keep both days free!)
Gold – those who train more than 90 min a week across all classes (competing Saturday 14th)
The last day for entries is Friday 14th Frbruary 2020.
This is dependent on all the entries received; we aim to have this with you as soon as we can after the closing dates and definitely two weeks before the event.
We’re intending for the older silver gymnasts to compete on Saturday and the youngest on Sunday. So if your child is 7/8yrs it’s a safe bet its Sunday. If they are 13yrd+ its likely Saturday. However we can’t confirm until all the entries are in as it depends on how many gymnasts enter. We’ll let you know as soon as we can and worst case two weeks before the event.
No, the weekend will be divided into 5 rounds of competition. You’ll only need to be there for your athletes slot which will be around 2-3 hours long. We anticipate running a similar timetable to last year. eg please see timings from last year.
PLEASE NOTE THIS IS LAST YEARS SCHEDULE - AND IS JUST FOR INFORMATION ONLY - depending on the ages and levels of gymansts that enter this year - the schedule could look very different.
Round 1 - Saturday 1:45-4:25pm (Gold Level Age 10+)
Round 2 - Saturday 5:10-7:35pm (Gold Level Age 7-10, Silver Level 11+)
Round 3 - Sunday - 9:30-11:55am (Silver Level Age 9-11)
Round 4 - Sunday - 12:40-3:05pm (Silver Level Age 7-9, Bronze Level Age 7-8)
Round 5 - Sunday - 3:35-6:00pm (Bronze Level Age 8+)
Additional note for Silver - that we’ll be splitting by age with the older athletes will be on Saturday and younger on Sunday, it depends on the numbers entered across the levels. Unfortunately we can’t refund if you can’t then compete - so please keep both days free!
That’s normal! We’ll help support you with this nearer the time but know that we’re pros with supporting everyone to feel comfortable.
Firstly, don’t panic! Our coaches will help and in this event they are allowed to talk the athlete through their performance. Hey if your child needs their coach to do the routine with them, we will! It’s about having a positive experience and showing what you can do, not about remembering it all perfectly.
We’ll prepare in class. Plus for bronze and silver athletegymnasts we’ll also send you a video of the skills they will be doing so you can prepare.
Yes please do! And bring the family. You’ll need to buy tickets nearer the time.
Short answer – no. Once the closing date has passed our Affinity fairies work mega hard on organising everything and won’t be able to squeeze in latecomers.
Wodson Park, Wadesmill Road, Ware, SG12 0UQ.
It will be held over 2 days 14-15 March 2020.