Squad Training

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Women Artistics Squad Team

A fantastic team of girls, dedicated to our sport. 

Club Squads - Women's Artistic

Womens artistics is a very demanding sport.  Girls love to be able to do acro and tumbling on a gymnastics floor. 

The sport demands body control, body awareness, suppleness, stamina, coordination, amplitude and courage.

At our Club the gymnasts are assessed and chosen to attend a competitive squad. We have Development, Junior and Senior squads, and these train from two to five times a week dependent on the level they are working towards.


Training a maximum of 2 sessions a week, one club recreational and one floor & vault specific session.

Working towards County and Regional GFA competitions and Floor & Vault championships, they will compete two to three times a year.


Training a minimum of twice a week, they are following the very first level of competitive gymnastics.

Working County level competitions and the beginning of the Regional Club Grade pathway. General competition sees performances on basic apparatus and they will compete two to three times a year.


Training a minimum of three times a week, these gymnasts have either attained qualification or the skills required to move up to the level.

They will also be showing continuation through the Regional Club Grade pathway. They will compete three to four times a year at a county or regional level and perform on all four pieces of apparatus.

LEVEL 4, 3 & 2

Attaining these levels requires the gymnasts to be training from three to five times a week.

They will compete at county, regional and national competitions following the open age FIG competition structure and also Regional Club and National Grade pathways. They perform routines on 4 pieces of apparatus.


A Vault is awarded a value according to its difficulty. The height and the length of the vault are of crucial importance together with the exactness of any turns, somersaults and the controlled landing. Gymnasts usually perform two vaults, the best scores of which counts.

Uneven Bars
The exercise dependent on level will either use one or both of the bars. It should include flowing, circling and swinging movements, above and below the bars. The more difficult elements should be demonstrated to maximise scores. Often a spectacular dismount ends the routine.

Balance Beam
A routine on the beam should be an artistic combination of a variety of acrobatic elements, gymnastic leaps, jumps, turns, step and running combinations, waves and balance elements in standing, sitting and lying positions.

The gymnast should use the entire length of the beam, demonstrating elegance, flexibility, rhythm, tempo, balance, confidence and control.

Floor Exercise
The floor exercise, accompanied by music to enhance the performance, should combine dance movements and sequences with a variety of tumbling and acrobatic elements. The whole floor area should be used with the exercise being varied in mood, tempo and direction. Individuality, originality, maturity, mastery and artistry of presentation are key ingredients for a high score.

Mens Artistics team

Brilliant and highly motivated boys that love our sport.

Club Squads - Men’s Artistic

For those working the men’s artistic pathway, boys are trained from an early age. The discipline requires all round fitness through: strength, mobility, endurance, flexibility, body control and co-ordination.

Routines are performed on six pieces of apparatus: floor, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars and high bar.

At our club the gymnasts are assessed and chosen to attend a competitive squad. We have Development, Junior and Senior squads, and these train from two to five times a week dependent on the level they are working towards.

Squad boys compete in competitions within the county and region throughout the year, additionally from the age of 8 to 14 the boys work towards the National Club Development Grades.

The boys enter competitions to qualify through to the regional team and represent East Midlands at the national finals.


Floor Exercise
The gymnast's floor exercise should include movements that demonstrate strength, flexibility and balance. Each routine must combine moves such as somersaults, twists and leaps. The whole floor area should be used and the routine should show a personal touch of expression and execution.

Pommel Horse
The pommel horse routine should be a smooth continuous chain of circular and pendulum type swings, double leg circles, scissor movements and undercuts using all parts of the horse. The boy's first train on the Mushroom trainer until strength and skill level is improved.

Ring routines should include a variety of movements demonstrating strength, support and balance. The gymnast should perform a series of swings and holds with both forward and backward elements and the routine should finish with an acrobatic dismount.

Each vault is awarded a value according to its difficulty. The vault should demonstrate clean and powerful movements combining height and length with one or more rotations and finish in a controlled landing. Marks are also awarded for the control of the body and the landing position.

Parallel Bars
Like the rings, the parallel bars require a combination of swinging movements with strength or hold parts. The gymnasts should travel along and work both above and below the bars. The exercise should be predominantly swinging.

Horizontal (High) Bar
The gymnast should perform continuous clean swinging movements and must not touch the bar with his body. He is required to demonstrate changes of grip, swinging movements both forward and backward, plus release and re-grasp of the bar. Dismounts are an important part of the total routine and are usually acrobatic and spectacular. The younger boys will use the shiny metal bar with straps and gloves until they compete at age 11 on chalk bars.


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