What are these classes all about
A note on the wider world of competitive gymnastics - will my child go to they Olympics? Not to burst your bubble, but no, that’s not what we're aiming for here.
We LOVE the competitive gymnastics world but at elite level, its becoming waaaaay elite. To reach national levels at the elite end, typically gymnasts train in excess of 12 hours per week, often more, from a very early age. It's a BIG commitment for the whole family. That's fab for those that wish to go there and we'll be happy to recommend you alternative clubs should we feel a gymnast has potential for this route - we're proud to assist in this as each gymnast's development is most important to us, whether we get to teach them or not! At Affinity, we're focusing in a different area of gymnastics. We want our gymnasts to train hard, progress to their potential and perform well. But we also want them to be able to have other focuses in their life and family time. So we offer competitive opportunities at the lower side of training hours - its almost a different sport to the elite end now. But we love it and believe it allows a great balance. The competitions we enter have training hour limits which means we're all on the same level playing field. We work efficiently in our training sessions to get the most out of the time we spend together, so you can also enjoy other activities.
How do I get into the squad? Entry is by trial and invitation. We're looking for gymnasts with the physical and mental potential to progress faster and to a higher performance level than our other class routes. For those already in other Affinity classes, our coaches continuously 'talent ID' and will nominate gymnasts for trials internally. You can also request one if you are interested - we've criteria for each squad. For those who aren't currently Affinity gymnasts but would like to be considered, you can book a 121 session with our lead coach, Denise Woolf, and she will assess if you are suitable.