Competitive Gymnastics Classes
(Age from full time school 4yrs -16yrs+)


Denise, Competitive Gymnastics department leader welcomes you…

 

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. 
 

 


 

Testimonials

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What happens at these classes?

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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 two large pieces of apparatus chosen from bars, beam, vault or tumble track. It's the best start in gymnastics possible and provides a grounding to progress further or develop into other gymnastic activities or other sports.

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.

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.

For our 13yrs+ classes we run a slightly different class format, where the gymnasts have extra choice and input into their training (with our help of course!). We find this works great for this age group.
 

When are these classes on?

Pre-Competition Squad

For young gymnasts aged 4-6years old, learning good basic gymnastics skills and conditioning (that’s all the strength and flexibility and other physical attributes performance gymnasts need).
Mondays 3:45-4:45pm
 

UKG Levels 10/9

We've two different age groups for gymnasts working at this competitive level:
Competitive Gymnastics 7-9 yrs
Mondays 4:30-6:00pm, Thursday 3:45-5:15pm & Friday 3:45-5:15pm
 

Competitive Gymnastics 9+ yrs

Mondays 5:45-7:15pm and Thursdays 5:35-7:05pm
 

UKG L8+ Competition Squad

From age 8 upwards, gymnasts train twice a week:
Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:30-8:15pm

FULL timetable here
 

Where are these classes on

All Competitive Gymnastics classes are held at:
 
Affinity HQ
 
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