FAQ’s

Is Tooting Gymnastics a British Gymnastics (BG) Registered Club?

Yes and it is also a member of London Gymnastics.  We are a “GymMark” accredited club which means that our club is recognised by British Gymnastics and their partners as a safe, effective and child friendly club, providing a service in the community that children and young people, their parents/carers and others with a passion for Gymnastics can trust.

What is the BG/joining membership fee for?

This annual fee (October – September) includes membership to BG and London Gymnastics, but is primarily the Gymnasts Insurance, without which they are not permitted to take part in the sport.

What classes do you run and when? 

Day/Class
Tots (3-5yrs)
Rec 1 (6-8yrs) Rec 2 (9-11yrs) Rec 3 (12yrs+) Acro Development Groups
Monday 4.15 – 5.00pm 5.00 – 6.00pm 6.00 – 7.15pm N/A N/A 6.00 – 8.00pm
Thursday 4.15 – 5.00pm 5.00 – 6.00pm N/A N/A N/A N/A
Friday 4.15 – 5.00pm 5.00 – 6.00pm 6.00 – 7.15pm 7.15 – 8.30pm N/A 6.00 – 8.00pm

What do I wear?

We would encourage all girl gymnasts to wear leotards and boy gymnasts to wear shorts and t-shirts. Gymnasts do not wear socks or trainers, all activities are performed in bare feet.

Where do I get a Club leotard/Club t-Shirt from and how much do they cost?

Club leotards are available in the following sizes: 26-28 (£20.00) 30 – 32 (£22.00) 34 – 38 (£24.00)
T-shirts cost £8.50 each and are available in the following sizes: 3-4yrs, 5-6yrs, 7-8yrs, 9-11yrs & 12-13yrs 14 – 15yrs
Leotards & T-shirts can be purchased from the Admin Desk during any gym session

Do I need to give any medical information?

Yes, it is very important that a “Gymnast Registration & Medical Form” is completed and returned the first week of joining the club. This enables us to be aware of any potential illnesses or disabilities before teaching the gymnasts.

How do you group the children into smaller groups?

Tots

Each child is grouped according to how old they are and how long they have been attending.  We use coloured wrist bands, which they get given each week when they sign in and return at the end of the session.  Green is for the newest and youngest, followed by yellow, blue, orange, purple and finally red.

Rec 1, 2 and 3

Gymnasts are grouped according to their age, ability, how long they have been attending, what badge they are working towards and, if possible, friendship groups.  We do, however, sometimes get it wrong so please let us know.

Do you hold any special events throughout the year?

We have a bi-annual display where ALL GYMNASTS take part and their parents, family and friends are invited to come along and watch. We hold an intra-club competition (General Rec 1, 2 & 3) and take part in inter-club competitions (Acro & Development Groups only). In December we also have Gymnast Christmas Parties.

Are there any badges or award schemes?

Tots work towards the BG Fundamental awards and the BG Pre-School Proficiency Awards
Rec 1 & 2 work towards the BG Proficiency awards which start at Badge 8 – 1
Rec 3, Acro and Development Groups work towards BG Proficiency Bronze, Silver and Gold

Can I leave the leisure centre and go off and do something else?

If you are the parent of a Tot then you are required to stay on the premises and ideally within the sports hall in the parent waiting area.  However if you have a younger child that might want to go to the ball play park in the café area, then you must inform the admin desk that you are in the café area.  You must however, return to the sports hall 5 mins before the end of the class, ready to collect your child. All other parents have the option of leaving the leisure centre and returning 5 minutes before the end of their child’s class ready to collect them.  However, if it becomes a habit that children under 9yrs require the toilet during the lesson or parents are regularly late collecting their child, you will be asked to remain on the premises.

Now we have joined the club, how do we re-enrol each term?

Re-enrolment is held during week 4 & 5 of each half term or full term, depending on whether you paid for half or full term.  Payment can be made at the admin desk, during any of the above sessions but must be paid before week 6 to guarantee a place.  We accept cash, cheques (payable to “Tooting Gymnastics Club”) and card payments. Payment with cards, can be taken over the phone (07703 599 558) but with prior arrangement.

How many coaches do you have at Tooting Gymnastics Club?

There are 14 BG qualified and CRB checked coaches Mary Wright (Head Coach), Aisha Walters (Deputy Head Coach), Paul Rogers (Assistant Head Coach),  Paula Trinder, Henry Thompson, Cherry Tolcher, Izzie Kaufeler, Liz Awde, Raia Mayor, Maddy Hay, Tilly Botsford, George Ponniah and Koren Thompson

Volunteer Coaches

Alfie Tolcher, Tejal Eccelstone Palmer, Kelsey Thompson,  Skye Brogan and Montanna Garvey

Admin Staff

Stephanie Maybury, Natalie Maybury, Maryam Paracha and Nikita Brown

Volunteers

Jane Lacey and Thomas Judd