Redcar Gymnastics Club is a small club based at 3 Kirkleatham Street in the centre of Redcar, near to the station. We are run by senior coach Mrs Diane Richardson, along with a small executive committee and a lot of volunteers, and offer gymnastics training at a variety of levels to young people from the Redcar area. Our members are aged from five upwards. All of our coaches are trained and fully registered with the British Gymnastics Association.
The club is completely self funded, and we always welcome offers of support with fund raising to help us keep the activities accessible to as many young people as possible.
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The club premises are not large, but we do have a variety of equipment. At one end of the building is a fully sprung floor. The other end houses single and asymmetric bars, beam and bench and vault area with associated run-up areas, safety matting, and a foam pit. Safety is a prime consideration in all of our activities, and gymnasts are constantly supervised. The club fully adheres to all the recommendations of the British Gymnastics Association and has comprehensive safety, child protection and disciplinary procedures in place. In April 2005 we were awarded the GymMark quality award of the British Gymnastics Association, more information on which can be found on the BGA web site (see the links section).
The club boasts a competitive but friendly atmosphere. The gymnasts are coached in groups of similar ability, and are encouraged to work hard without being forced. Parents are encouraged to become involved in the club (we always need more volunteers), and are usually welcome to watch the end of training sessions, though we do ask that you stay away from the equipment and don't distract the gymnasts at work. We welcome support at any of the events we attend (see the events section). We try to keep our fees to a minimum, so we welcome offers of support, both in cash and in kind.
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The club runs three levels of gymnastics classes. In artistic gymnastics, we have a general squad and an elite squad. The general groups work towards BGA proficiency awards and then on to more technical skills. Some, but not all, of these gymnasts are trainng towards competitive gymnastics. The elite classes are purely for gymnasts aiming at competitive gymnastics. Other training sessions are organised from time to time for special training. We compete in regional events for artistic gymnastics, and also in BGA grades events. We now also have a tumbling squad for some gymnasts.
There is an introduction to the BGA proficiency awards and to some other gymnastics terms on the glossary page. Details of session times are given in the gym groups section.
The club actively seeks links with other gymnastics clubs, and currently has links with Kendal in Cumbria and the Don Clark Gym in Maryland USA.
Many of our children may not reach competition squad status, but we are as proud of their development and achievements as we are of our top performers. All of our children can progress systematically through the classes in our structure, with our introductory classes forming a strong base and our Elite Squad forming the peak.
If you are interested, and want to find out more, you can contact the gym during any of the above sessions. Further details can be found in the contact section.
Subject to the availability of the gym, and the coaches, we are able to host childrens parties. From one hour supervised gym lesson or activity play followed by an hour use of the break room. Please contact us for more details and pricing.