Q: What activities and age groups are running?
A: We are running 35 (!) classes per week in the following categories:
Pre-School Gymnastics - ages 3-4yrs.
General Gymnastics (including tumbling gymnasts) - ages 4-6yrs, 7-9yrs, 10+yrs
Freestyle Gymnastics - ages 4-6yrs, 7-9yrs, 10+yrs
Competitive Gymnastics - pre-comp class and combined squad classes.
Cheerleading - junior and senior.
We are also open to adding others - such as recreational cheer or adults, based on demand.
Q: How many in each class?
A: 10 absolute maximum.
Q: How does Sapphire Cheerleading work?
A: The cheerleading teams are currently running on a slightly different membership. It's £35 and covers a 60min weekly class, access to the Affinity members Facebook and videos but we aren't producing our own cheer-specific challenge and resource videos, hence the change in cost. There is also an extra Sapphire Cheerleading Facebook group where the coaches will post additional activities to support the classes.
Cheer classes are currently running as one junior session and one senior session per week, both 60min long. Each of these classes has two coaches present so there can be up to 20 members.
New members are welcome here, as long as they meet the age requirements for these classes - please get in touch and we'll advise further.
Q: What day and time do classes take please?
A: We've a range of class times, all weekdays between 10am-6pm. You can let us know your preferences at registration.
Q: What abilities are classes for - are beginners welcome?
A: Absolutely! All abilities are welcome, we're great with beginners. Plus if you are more experienced, we have our squad classes we can offer for a greater challenge. And everything in between - running small classes with specific age groupings and activity types makes us able to welcome a wide range of athletes.
Q: Are we insured?
A: Yes! Our UK gymnastics insurance has specified that cover can be extended for these activities, as long as we keep things low risk and shared within our club. This means you will need UKG membership from your 3rd class with us at a cost of £9.
Q: What about siblings?
A: We’ve the following discount plan for siblings:
Eldest child – pays full price.
2nd child – if on the £40 membership, this is discounted to £30. If they are on the £25, this is discounted to £20.
Third child – 50% off (this lines up with what we have done previously).
Siblings can either attend the same class slot as each other, or their own individual classes. Let us know your preference on registering.
Q: What space do I need?
A: You need enough room to spread your arms wide in and turn around – without crashing into the TV!
Q: Do I need any gymnastics equipment?
A: No. We use all usual house-found items. If you have a soft item to sit on, like a yoga mat or a rug, that would be helpful but not essential.
Q: How does Zoom work for the live classes?
A: It is ace. We will give you a link for your class which you click at the class time. You’ll be able to see and talk to the coach and all your classmates. It’s like being in the same room together. We’ve user guides for you in the members Facebook group to explain all.
Q: Is there a trial period?
A: Yes - same policy as for our physical classes. If after the first or second class you decide its not for you, we'll be able to refund the remainder of the month. You just need to tell us within 48 hours of your second class. After this point, the fee becomes non-refundable.
Q: You usually take a deposit payment - is this the same for online membership?
A: No. We'll just do this month by month.
Q: What if I don’t want my image shown to others?
A: You can choose to join without having your camera on. You still be able to see the coach and others, and speak, but they won’t be able to see you. The coach won’t be able to give you feedback on what you are doing if they can’t see you, but we’re still happy that you will be able to join in well with the group.
Q: Will classes be recorded?
Q: How do we keep everyone safe?
A: We have guides that you can use to help you prepare a safe space, plus our coaches will check this when you log in and check your gymnast is dressed ready for class. We’ll be keeping activities firmly to those suitable for living room interaction. Actually, with our classes being interactive, our coaches can keep you safer than you might be watching a recorded video.
Q: Does an adult need to be present or join in?
A: For pre-school classes, yes you will need to help your child participate. For school age gymnasts, no, but we do need you to ensure your child has a safe space ready to participate in and knows where you are just in case they need you. If you want to join in – you are welcome!
Q: What kind of activities will we be teaching?
A: There are LOADS of things we can do.
Now, we won’t be teaching back flips, for example, through the internet, as we can’t ensure your safety or that you won't need help. But what we can do are all the fundamentals that build towards skills. There’s lots to do with shapes, strengthening, balance, flexibility, agility, and coordination.
Q: What will be the format of each live class?
A: We’ll start with a check in session, allowing each gymnast to share how they are and what they have been up to – to interact with their classmates and coach essentially. We feel this is a great lifeline to our gymnasts right now as we all stay more at home. Then we’ll do some warming up activities, some skill activities and challenges/games/conditioning dependent on the age and ability of the gymnasts. We’ll finish by setting challenge style ‘homework’ for everyone to enjoy over the week, then that will become part of next weeks ‘check-in’ at the start of class.
Q: Can we do 121 classes online?
A: Yes! We can do these ad hoc and as an extra. Check it out here
Q: How do I access the pre-recorded videos, live streams and support forum?
A: We’ve a private members-only Facebook group for all this – it’s easy and accessible for everyone.
Q: How do I access the live classes?
A: We will email you a link for your class which will be the same for each weekly class.
Q: Will the online classes run all the time or with school terms like previous classes?
A: They will run term time. In May half term week, we’ll pause the live classes but give you plenty of activities in recorded videos to catch up on.
A: Of course, just pop us an email by the end of the calendar month and we will move you to the option of your choice and amend your payments accordingly.
A: The monthly payments will be collected via Direct Debit via GoCardless. Payments will be requested on the 1st of each month – except for April which will be requested on the 6