A message to all gymnasts competing this year, the entry cost for all UKG 10-1 levels competitions will include membership to Ukgymnastics

 UK Gymnastics  provides an alternative for independent clubs and gymnasts across the United Kingdom.It gives clubs a choice, UK Gymnastics is a not for profit organisation dedicated to provide levels and quality of provision.


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Roses Competition 2015roses gymnastics competition 2015Head Coach Phil invited 14 gymnasts to Milton Keynes for the Roses Competition. What an amazing weekend it was! 14 gymnastics achieving 40 medals in total. Well done to all who took part, and a huge thank you to all the parents who showed their support we really couldn’t do it with out you. A massive thanks to our coaches Beverly Burdis & Lydia Price who came to provide their support and encouragement to the young gymnasts. Here are a few pictures of our happy team at Milton Keynes. So proud of each and everyone of you who competed – “Proud to be Different”

Roses Competition 2015


 Head coach Phil has reviewed the situation of wearing stud earrings for gymnasts. The club has always held a policy of no jewellery period.
But I have decided to allow the wearing of SMALL stud earrings  with the competitive gymnasts at the club as they are more competent in their ability and need very little hands on support from the coaches. Therefore cutting down the risk of being snagged etc by the supporting coach.
Competitive gymnasts train 3 to 4 times a week.
Ideally wearing of no earrings is the safest option and its highly recommended by the club, that parents take this line. That if they do decide to send them in wearing small stud earrings then they do so, knowing full well of the possible risks to their child.

Recreational children who do a once a week session


These children are more likely to need help and assistance from the coaches and the chance of getting caught and the potential of being ripped out accidentally is clearly more at risk. Therefore we strongly recommend they DO NOT wear them.

Coaches have the right to request earrings to be removed if they are deemed NOT small studs. If the gymnast refuses or is not supportive of the coaches concerns then she will not be coached and her parents will be called to collect her.
String bracelets and other such bangles are strictly prohibited as are rings and any other jewellery along with stomach and facial piercings. Only small earring studs are allowed.
String bracelets may be covered up with a sports bandage or sweat band if not removed, this needs to be put in place before they enter the gym and is the sole responsibility of the parent to supply any coverings, not the club.
Parents need to understand that when we say small, we mean small. Please try and ensure your child does not push the boundaries as there is no give on this.



The International Roses Competition that was held at Spalding gymnastic Arena in Lincolnshire, was nothing short of excellent for the spectators whom were enthralled by the amazing talent of 272 gymnasts.

Hundreds of bespoke medals were handed out, newly made for this years event, a colour certificate, a Red Rose, a Chocolate Bar, a Cadbury’s large bag of chocolates and a Yo Yo which had the event printed on it as a further gift from what has to be the best competition for giving so much to the children taking part.
Thank you to everyone who took part and the parents that made it all possible



What Parents Should Say as Their child Performs 😀

An interesting research by Growing leaders. Which is quite acurate.

In my work at Growing Leaders, we enjoy the privilege of serving numerous NCAA and professional sports teams each year. After meeting with hundreds of coaches and athletes, I noticed an issue kept surfacing in our conversations. Both the  student-athlete and the coach were trying to solve the same problem.   What was that problem? The parents of the student-athletes.   You may or may not believe this, but even in Division One athletics,  parents stay engaged with their child’s sport, often at the same level  they did through their growing up years. Moms will call coaches and  advise them on how to encourage their daughter or son. Dads will call  coaches and ask why their kid isn’t getting more playing time. Parents  will call strength and conditioning coaches and inquire what they’re  doing about their child’s torn ligament. Each of these calls is  understandable. After all, no one has more at stake than the parent of a performer. They love their child, they’ve invested in their child and  they want to see a “return on their investment.” Some athletes refer to  their mom as their P.A. (personal assistant) or their agent. I know a  mother who watches her collegiate daughter’s gymnastics practice behind  the glass, all the while, calling and leaving voicemails for the coach  on what should be done for her little girl. I even know sets of parents  who moved into a condo across the street from their freshman athlete’s  university. They didn’t want to miss a thing, and they certainly didn’t  want to neglect to provide direction. I understand this. I am a father  of two kids myself. What we parents may not recognize is the pressure and angst this kind of involvement applies. May I tell you what student-athletes are  telling me?

  1. I love my mom, but when she does this, I get the feeling she doesn’t trust me.
  2. My parents are great, but I feel like I have multiple coaches telling me what to do and I get stressed out over it.
  3. I’m getting blackballed by my teammates because my mother keeps  texting me and my coach, to give suggestions. I wish she would chill.
  4. I feel like I’m never quite good enough; I can never fully please my parents.

Moving From Supervisor to Consultant According to years of research on athletes, I believe parents have a  more productive impact on their kids by making a change in their style.  When our kids were younger, we played the role of supervisor. We  were right there on top of the issues. And we should be—they were young  and needed our support. As they age, parents must move to the role of consultant. We’re still involved, still supportive, but we allow our kids to grow  up and self-regulate. When we fail to do this—we can actually stunt  their growth. It’s a bit like teaching our kids to ride a bike. Remember this process?  First, we gave them a tricycle. The three wheels made it almost impossible for them to fall off, and they got used to peddling a vehicle. Then, they moved to a bicycle. It was bigger and had only two  wheels. A little more scary. So we initiated them on that bike with  training wheels. That prevented bad accidents. Eventually, however, we  took the training wheels off, and our involvement became a tender  balance of two ingredients: support and letting go. Did you catch that?  Support and letting go. What We Should Say When Our Kids Perform The most liberating words parents can speak to their student-athletes are quite simple. Based on psychological research, the three healthiest statements moms and dads can make as they perform are: Before the Competition:                                    After the competition:

  1. Have fun.                                                    1. Did you have fun?
  2. Play hard.                                                    2. I’m proud of you.
  3. I love you.                                                   3. I love you.

Six Simple Words… For years, I wondered what the student-athlete would say about this  issue. After decades of work with athletes, Bruce E. Brown and Rob  Miller found out. They suggest six simple words parents can express that produce the most positive results in their performing children. After  interacting with students, they report: College athletes were asked what their parents said that made them  feel great, that amplified their joy during and after a ballgame. Their  overwhelming response: “I love to watch you play.”   That’s it. Those six words. How interesting. How liberating to the  parent. How empowering to the student-athlete. No pressure. No  correction. No judgment. (That’s the coach’s job). Just pure love of  their child using their gift in competition. When I learned this, I reflected on the years my own kids competed in sports, recitals, theatrical plays, and practices. Far too often, I  wanted to play a role that added more stress to their life. Instead, I  now realize—I just need to love them. And to love watching them play. From a parent’s view—this is the best way to cultivate an emotionally healthy child.