About us

Academy Objectives

  • To create a safe and enjoyable environment for all gymnasts regardless of age, ability or fitness levels.
  • To develop health, fitness and social integration, whilst contributing towards physical and psychological well-being.
  • To provide a structured system and pathway providing all our members a suitable opportunity to experience gymnastics, regardless of age or ability; through Women’s, Men's, Acro, Gymnastics For All, Preschool, Adult sessions and Disability inclusive classes.
  • Increase the skill and fitness levels of all gymnasts using general and precise conditioning and preparation.
  • Produce methodical and progressive training programmes for all gymnasts at all levels.
  • To encourage all coaching staff to keep up to date knowledge of development programmes, the international code of points, national grades, regional and national rules.
  • To encourage and support coaches and judges to attend courses, improve their qualifications, knowledge and experience.
  • To achieve broad and consistent success across all levels of competition.
  • NGA representation across all of the British National Squads, with regular selections to major international competitions.
  • To help every individual realise their full potential as a gymnast, coach and/or judge and enjoy a fit and healthy sporting career.

The Academy's History

Men's Artistic history

As Notts School of Gymnastics, the boys’ squad was founded by Barry Winch in 1989.  The club won “Best British Club” in 2005.

The boys’ squad has had gymnasts represent GB at the World Championships, the Junior European Championships (including Team Gold) and the Junior Commonwealth Games (team silver, gold on vault, bronze all round). 

Notts has had boys in the GB squads every year from 1992 with over 20 boys having been in the squads in this time.

Notts has produced several British champions in various age levels and on various apparatus and has also competed and won medals at international events in Europe and worldwide. 

The Notts U14 team has won the British Team Championships 6 times and has never been out of the top 3 in the 13 years we have taken part.  

Notts U12 team won the inaugural GB U12 team trophy in 2003 and then retained the title for the next 4 years before regaining it again in 2010, the last year it took place.

The boys’ squad has several coaches who were gymnasts in the boys’ and girls’ squads and many gymnasts have gone on to become coaches and judges. The two GB national squad coaches first came to Britain to coach at Notts.

Matt Boardman is the under 14 British floor silver medalist.

Women's Artistic history

Notts won British Gymnastics new club of the year in the first year of operation 1997.

The first ever Olympic gymnast to come from Nottinghamshire – Amy Dodsley - was trained at Notts from 6 years old to Athens Olympics 2004.

Notts have had over 30 gymnasts in the GB squads from 1997.

Notts have produced several British Champions in various age-groups and taken several gold medals at international events throughout Europe. Notts have had gymnasts represent both England and Scotland in the commonwealth Games. In 2007 after 10 years of moving up the national team rankings Notts became Team Champions of Great Britain.

In July 2008 the GB Olympic team of 6 included 2 Notts gymnasts, Laura Jones and Becky Downie who in the same year became British all around Senior Champion.

We have developed and educated several gymnasts that have used their gymnastics experience to help them start a new career. 2 gymnasts who were not Olympians secured scholarships in the USA.

We have several coaches who were gymnasts with the club and now judge and coach as a career in gymnastics. 3 previous Notts coaches are now National coaches.

Notts have had much interest from film producers, with several gymnasts appearing in films, winning awards in film festivals around the world and attending red carpet premiers.

Becky Downie and Niamh Rippin, members of the senior girl’s squad were selected as reserves for the Women’s gymnastics team in the 2012 Olympic Games. Becky Downie was the European and Commonwealth bar champion in 2014. Ellie Downie was the 2014 Youth Olympic all-around bronze medallist, with apparatus medals on vault, beam and floor. Laura Kaletha was the British Espoir floor champion in 2014.

In the 2015 European Championships Ellie Downie made History by becoming the first British woman to win a major championships all-around medal by taking the bronze, while Becky took a Silver medal in the bars final too.

Both Downie sisters also helped GB win a historic bronze team medal at the 2015 world championships.

In 2016, Ellie and Becky Downie represented team GB at the Rio olympics, the team finished a historic 5th and Ellie Downie placed 13th all-around. Scarlett Williams was the English Espoir vault champion and represented team GB at the Olympic Hopes Cup, the team finished 2nd winning a silver medal. Notts A team were the Junior British team champions. Isla Lees was the British Espoir Floor champion.

We currently have gymnasts in all British Gymnastics Women’s Squads –Rio, National, Junior Euro and Home Nations, as well as the England Gymnastics Squad and National Talent Development Squad.


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