What we offer

FIT KIDZ
Fundamental Play & Pre School

(Term Time ONLY- 5-6 Week block sessions)

Structured learning programmes developed by Lincoln Gymnastics Club for those children under 5 who do not attend full time school. Sessions follow schemes produced by British Gymnastics dependent on age.

Lincoln Gymnastics Club offers the following sessions in its dedicated gymnastics environment.

‘FUNDAMENTALS’

  • Parent & Child Interactive ~ Toddling - 3 yrs
  • Independent Child ~ 2 ½ yrs - 3 yrs

The ‘FUNdamentals’ programme develops basic physical and social skills. Using small apparatus, music and floor areas, children can learn through play. With parent/guardian or leader instruction children can achieve.

‘PRESCHOOL PROFICIENCY’

  • Pre School - 3yrs + (year before attending full time school)

The ‘Preschool Proficiency’ begins the initial gymnastic journey. Developing coordination, balance and agility. With sessions led by leader’s children earn their proficiency 1,2 and 3 through practice, performance and assessment.

Club Recreational

Children attend sessions at the gymnastics centre once a week to enjoy the basics of gymnastics. At Lincoln we have recreational sessions for different children in accordance to age and also ability. These classes have different names, and will be attended at different times of the week.

Mixed Recreational

(Term Time ONLY)

For the developing preschool or new starters to gymnastics term time only in blocks of 6 weeks. Boys and girls join together in a class of 45 minutes which incorporates learning the fun and exploratory areas of gymnastics using the large apparatus. These classes help develop an understanding of gymnastics skills of rolls, cartwheels, handstands and also begin the first steps on the BAGA Proficiency Badge scheme. While also building children's self confidence in areas of jumping, balancing, climbing, height together with social skills and discipline needed for the sport.

Girls & Boys - Preliminary Recreational

The girls and boys branch off at this point to pursue the specific discipline of men's or women's gymnastics for 1 hour a week all year around. The children will move into these classes under the assessment of their ability to pursue this level having attained certain abilities to cope with the next stage on Lincoln Gymnastics Club’s Pathway. At this point they will further develop their gymnastics skills and venture further into the BAGA badge scheme and Gym Fit programme. They also have the opportunity to take part in our annual club competition where they will learn a floor exercise and also a vault and perform it in a competition format, normally towards the end of the year. The children begin to learn new skills and further develop those learnt on apparatus appropriate to their specific discipline.

Girls & Boys - Intermediate & Advanced Recreational

Again the children will move into these classes under the assessment of their ability. They remain separate classes for boys and girls specific to their discipline for 1 – 1 ½ hours a week, all year around. They will focus on GymFit and the higher level of recreational gymnastics in the teaching of skills and use of the apparatus. BAGA Badges are worked upon and again the children are able to take part in our annual club competition in order to experience the competitive area of our sport.

Club Squads - Men’s Artistic

For those working the men’s artistic pathway, boys are trained from an early age. The discipline requires all round fitness through: strength, mobility, endurance, flexibility, body control and co-ordination. Routines are performed on six pieces of apparatus: floor, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars and high bar.

At Lincoln Gym Club the gymnasts are assessed and chosen to attend a competitive squad. We have Development, Junior and Senior squads, and these train from two to five times a week dependent on the level they are working towards.

Squad boys compete in competitions within the county and region throughout the year, additionally from the age of 8 to 14 the boys work towards the National Club Development Grades. The boys enter competitions to qualify through to the regional team and represent East Midlands at the national finals.

APPARATUS

Floor Exercise
The gymnast's floor exercise should include movements that demonstrate strength, flexibility and balance. Each routine must combine moves such as somersaults, twists and leaps. The whole floor area should be used and the routine should show a personal touch of expression and execution.

Pommel Horse
The pommel horse routine should be a smooth continuous chain of circular and pendulum type swings, double leg circles, scissor movements and undercuts using all parts of the horse. The boy's first train on the Mushroom trainer until strength and skill level is improved.

Rings
Ring routines should include a variety of movements demonstrating strength, support and balance. The gymnast should perform a series of swings and holds with both forward and backward elements and the routine should finish with an acrobatic dismount.

Vault
Each vault is awarded a value according to its difficulty. The vault should demonstrate clean and powerful movements combining height and length with one or more rotations and finish in a controlled landing. Marks are also awarded for the control of the body and the landing position.

Parallel Bars
Like the rings, the parallel bars require a combination of swinging movements with strength or hold parts. The gymnasts should travel along and work both above and below the bars. The exercise should be predominantly swinging.

Horizontal (High) Bar
The gymnast should perform continuous clean swinging movements and must not touch the bar with his body. He is required to demonstrate changes of grip, swinging movements both forward and backward, plus release and re-grasp of the bar. Dismounts are an important part of the total routine and are usually acrobatic and spectacular. The younger boys will use the shiny metal bar with straps and gloves until they compete at age 11 on chalk bars.

Club Squads - Women's Artistic

This is a very popular discipline of Gymnastics in the UK and plays its part in Lincoln Gymnastics Club. The sport demands body control, body awareness, suppleness, stamina, coordination, amplitude and courage.

At Lincoln Gym Club the gymnasts are assessed and chosen to attend a competitive squad. We have Development, Junior and Senior squads, and these train from two to five times a week dependent on the level they are working towards.

2 PIECE SQUAD

Training a maximum of 2 sessions a week, one club recreational and one floor & vault specific session. Working towards County and Regional GFA competitions and Floor & Vault championships, they will compete two to three times a year.

LEVELS 7&6

Training a minimum of twice a week, they are following the very first level of competitive gymnastics. Working County level competitions and the beginning of the Regional Club Grade pathway. General competition sees performances on basic apparatus and they will compete two to three times a year.

LEVEL 5

Training a minimum of three times a week, these gymnasts have either attained qualification or the skills required to move up to the level. They will also be showing continuation through the Regional Club Grade pathway. They will compete three to four times a year at a county or regional level and perform on all four pieces of apparatus.

LEVEL 4, 3 & 2

Attaining these levels requires the gymnasts to be training from three to five times a week. They will compete at county, regional and national competitions following the open age FIG competition structure and also Regional Club and National Grade pathways. They perform routines on 4 pieces of apparatus.

APPARATUS

Vault
A Vault is awarded a value according to its difficulty. The height and the length of the vault are of crucial importance together with the exactness of any turns, somersaults and the controlled landing. Gymnasts usually perform two vaults, the best scores of which counts.

Uneven Bars
The exercise dependent on level will either use one or both of the bars. It should include flowing, circling and swinging movements, above and below the bars. The more difficult elements should be demonstrated to maximise scores. Often a spectacular dismount ends the routine.

Balance Beam
A routine on the beam should be an artistic combination of a variety of acrobatic elements, gymnastic leaps, jumps, turns, step and running combinations, waves and balance elements in standing, sitting and lying positions. The gymnast should use the entire length of the beam, demonstrating elegance, flexibility, rhythm, tempo, balance, confidence and control.

Floor Exercise
The floor exercise, accompanied by music to enhance the performance, should combine dance movements and sequences with a variety of tumbling and acrobatic elements. The whole floor area should be used with the exercise being varied in mood, tempo and direction. Individuality, originality, maturity, mastery and artistry of presentation are key ingredients for a high score.

Acrobatic Gymnastics

Acrobatic gymnastics (previously called sport acrobatics) is a competitive gymnastic discipline where partnerships of gymnasts work together and perform figures consisting of acrobatic moves, dance and tumbling, set to music.

There are three types of routines; a 'balance' routine where the focus is on strength, poise and flexibility; a 'dynamic' routine which includes throws, somersaults and catches, and a 'combined' routine which includes elements from both balance and dynamic.

Acrobatic gymnasts perform in pairs or groups and are judged at a specific level or age group category. In each partnership, the gymnasts' different sizes and abilities will be balanced to complement each other to carry out the complex moves. Some will mainly carry out supporting and pitching roles and are known as bases. They are then balanced with smaller gymnasts who become the 'tops'. The different partnerships seen in competition are:

  • women's pair (two females)
  • men's pair (two males)
  • mixed pair (a male base and a female top)
  • women's group (three females)
  • men's group (four males)

In competition, partnerships perform a routine to music, that has usually been choreographed specifically for them. The gymnasts carry out their acrobatic moves and combine them with dance, all in time to and in keeping with the style of the music. Partnerships are judged on artistry, difficulty of skill and the execution of skills.

Alternative Centre Sessions

FREESTYLE

Offering the 14+ both men and women, an unstructured gymnastic session. The session can be used to develop basic gymnastics skills, beginner and advanced tumbling, free gym to work on strength, agility and movement. Pay as you train each week, set your own challenges and fitness goals.

FACILITY HIRING

Lincoln Gymnastics Centre is available for hiring at varying times. School holidays, weekend times or evenings when our programme permits.

Enquiries welcomed from schools, colleges, university groups, other clubs or organisations wishing to partake in gymnastics type activities. These activities include, gymnastics training or competition, cheerleading, freestyle gymnastics, fitness etc.

Previous or current hirers include: - Cobra Cheerleading, Lincoln University Gymnastics Society, Lincolnshire Gymnastics Association, Bannovallum Gymnastics Club.