Ever wanted to try gymnastics? Impress your friends with new and exciting moves? Come along to Gymnastics for your chance! Whether a beginner or experienced this is your chance to keep fit, learn new moves, make many new friends and even represent the University of London in competitions throughout the year.
What We Do
Everyone is welcome to come along to sessions, either just to get fit and learn new moves or to train and represent in our many competitions. Sessions begin with a general warm-up and conditioning, and then divide into beginners and advanced. Those who are just beginning gymnastics or who are interested in working towards particular goals can work towards these, receiving expert coaching from our head coach, whilst advanced gymnasts are free to train on any of the pieces of apparatus within the gym. Our sessions are rounded off by the whole group coming together to condition and stretch.
When and Where We Meet
Gymnastics is held on a Tuesday evening from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm at Talacre Sports Centre in Kentish Town (NW5 3AF), which has a fully equipped purpose-built gym. As well as men six-piece and women's four-piece apparatus, it has a full size sprung floor, tumble track and a large foam pit.
Sessions are aimed at gymnasts of all abilities and led by a highly qualified artistic gymnastics coach. Sessions are structured in order to allow people to work towards their own specific goals, for example learning to backflip.
We also hold squad training sessions on Fridays from 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm. These sessions will be open to any members who have shown their commitment to the club and want to progress faster!
Who are the Coaches?
Arman Bakhtiarian is an artistic gymnastics (Mens + Womens) coach who has been coaching for many years with both the University of London and other gymnastics teams. He is an ex-gymnast himself and is really friendly and welcoming. He has helped many people to achieve personal goals over the years and really makes the gym a welcoming and relaxing place.
Danny McDonald is also an artistic gymnastics coach who has coached with us before and will be taking the Friday squad session from 2017. His enthusiasm and technical knowledge make him a perfect fit for progressing our squad further!
Finally, we also have committee members who are qualified coaches in different areas and always around to help! From sorting competition routines to helping you achieve your personal goals, we're always there to help out both at training and in competition.
We enter many different university competitions throughout the year, including those at Birmingham, Loughborough, and Nottingham. Our largest competition of the year, BUCS National Finals, is held in February and includes universities from all over the UK, with different levels into which we enter a team every year. We also hold an in-house competition to allow all our members the opportunity to experience competing in a friendly environment and is enjoyed by all.
We entered a number of gymnasts into the Birmingham competition, in the novice, intermediate and advanced levels, winning medals in each of the categories and coming 3rd overall as a university. Additionally, we entered the Loughborough competition with competitors in the intermediate and advanced levels, winning 10 medals between a team of 6. The women's team placed 10th overall at BUCS, with a very successful competition and individual top 10 scores on both bars and vault. Our advanced men's level 1 gymnast also competed at BUCS at the highest level, performing particularly high difficulty moves and receiving excellent individual scores.
We also produced a short film about, involving everyone in the making of the film and choreographing a short display for this film.
What Does It Cost?
Club membership is £45 per year for full members and £55 per year for associate members, which covers insurance and British Gymnastics membership, part of the hall hire and coach expenses, and allows you to compete in competitions throughout the year.
Weekly subs are £9 for each session attended or £90 for 11 weeks if paying in advance, on the first session of term. Additionally, there is the option of paying for 5 weeks, which costs £40.