What is Elite Gymnastics?
Following apparatus innovation in early 2001, the vaulting horse has now been replaced with a wider vaulting table. It provides the perfect platform from which to launch sky high, before returning to earth with a controlled landing. Gymnasts approach the vault from a 25metre run, transfer their speed to the springboard and seek a quick hand placement to the table. From here the gymnast uses internal spring to launch themselves vertically for a combination of somersaults and twists. A good vault should land at least 2metres from the table and include no steps on landing.
Balance Beam (BB)
Perhaps the most precarious piece of apparatus for girls, the beam stands 1.25metres from the floor, is five metres long and if that was not posing enough of a challenge, is only 10cm wide. That is the width of your average house brick! A beam routine is an exercise in precision with no room for error. The gymnast performs a combination of acrobatic elements, leaps, jumps, turns, steps, waves and balance elements. These can be done standing, sitting or lying on the beam. It is a requirement that the gymnast uses the entire length of the beam, with routines concluding often with a series of acrobatic elements off the side or end of the beam.
Uneven Bars (UB)
Like the men’s parallel bars the Uneven Bars provide double the challenge for gymnasts. Unlike the men’s bars, the uneven bars are not parallel to the floor with the low bar around 170cm in height and the high bar often around 250cm. The distance between the two bars is set at a maximum of 180cm. Swinging and continuous movements are required on this apparatus. Routines typically include movements in both directions as well as above and below the bars. Elements with twists and somersaults with multiple grip changes and high flight often are awarded with the highest scores. Like men’s horizontal bar, the wind up and dismount is often the most exciting part of the routine.
Floor Exercise (FX)
The floor exercise allows the gymnast their moment in the spotlight and is considered by many to be the most expressive piece of women’s apparatus. A floor routine, always accompanied by music, includes a combination of dance movements and sequences interspersed with a variety of tumbling and acrobatic elements. The whole floor area must be used in the routine with clear variances in mood, tempo and direction. Individuality, originality, and artistry of presentation are the key ingredients of a great routine.
Elite gymnastics is based on year of birth and not school year, so your daughter will train with girls the same age and level. The levels maybe mixed within a training group.
Development 2 (D2) Age 4-7 Train 6 hours a week +
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All gymnasts will be invited to take part in the annual County Championships. Gymnasts may compete in County (Nottinghamshire), Regional (East Midlands) and National (GB) competitions. The competition path is very complicated and is different for different groups. Competitions will be allocated to individuals as they progress. Gymnasts will begin official competitions at eight or nine years old. There will, however, be several friendly or county competitions before they reach nine. Click here for more info.
Women's Artistic also host their own competition The Sandra Clarke Cup annually and produce a Christmas Display in December for family and friends.
Notts Gymnastics Academy will attempt to instill a lifelong appreciation of movement, exercise and sport and to teach children the rewards and qualities of dedication and hard work, helping each individual to reach their potential as a gymnast and enjoy a fit and healthy sporting career. To have gymnasts from Notts represent Great Britain and England at major international tournaments (Olympics, Worlds and Europeans).
Notts has had incredible and consistent success since Claire Starkey created the club in 1997. Our first Olympian, Amy Dodsley was selected for the 2004 GB Team and our second Becky Downie for Beijing in 2008. Becky and Niamh Rippin narrowly missed out on Team selection for London 2012, but both were reserves. Our younger gymnasts are waiting in the wings to fulfil their potential and compete on the national and world stage. We currently have several gymnasts who are members of the Home Nations Starter Squad and WAG World Class Squad who train regularly at Lilleshall. For a more detailed resume of national & international achievements please visit our Hall of Fame page.
In April 1997, advanced gymnasts from Notts Bigwood and Rushcliffe Gym Clubs shared the newly built East Midlands Gymnastics Centre facility at Rushcliffe Leisure Centre in West Bridgford, Nottingham. They decided to join forces under the leadership of Head Coach, Claire Starkey. On the April 1st 1998, a new club, Notts Gymnastics Club, was formed and affiliated to the governing body BGA. The gymnasts competed at county, regional, national and international competitions. In 2010, Notts Gymnastics Club amalgamated with Notts School of Gymnastics (Boys), Notts Acro and General Gymnastics disciplines to form the Notts Gymnastics Academy.