Thank you to everyone that has been joining us for our regular quiz and conditioning sessions. We hope that everyone has joined staying in touch with one another, as well as enjoying the sessions themselves.
As life is slowing coming out of full lockdown and people are using their time to gradually meet up with family and friends, it was decided that the quiz is to stop for the time being. Our members will all have received an email as we would like to continue this, but would like feedback as to how regular we should run these sessions. Please reply and let us know your thoughts.
As well as this, we are amending our Zoom conditioning sessions, which will now run on a Wednesday and Saturday at 4pm.
While we wait for the time we can return safely to our sport, it is so important for our gymnasts to keep fit, both physically and mentally. We urge all of our members to attend one of the sessions (family members are of course welcome too!). The activities vary considerably and are tailored to all levels and abilities.
We would especially like to extend our thanks to Stu, Kerry and Glenda, who have done a wonderful job with organising these sessions to keep our members engaged.
While obviously training is not able to currently take place and no timescales are yet available, we are continuing to post trivia, information, fitness activities and more on our social media channels (especially our Instagram and Facebook pages).
We love keeping in touch with all of our members and this includes club fitness sessions via Zoom every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 4:00pm.
We have also maintained a fantastic family quiz via Zoom every Sunday at 4:30pm.
We appreciate how tough it is for many and we are always here should anyone wish to talk or keep in touch. We enjoy seeing so many people on our Zoom sessions and keeping both physically and mentally fit is so important, both for our recreational and competitive members, espeically for when our members are able to get back on the trampoline again.
For the time being, stay safe, and we wish you all the very best.
Due to last night’s announcement regarding school closures and advice earlier in the week about non-essential social contact, Alton Trampoline Club regrets the unavoidable decision to stop all training sessions with immediate effect. Based on guidance from the Government and British Gymnastics, we will determine whether we resume after Easter or at a later date.
We will update you when we know more and trust that you understand the reasoning behind the decision at this difficult time.
Many of our members will have questions regarding GoCardless payments and fees – please bear with us whilst we work through all these logistics.
Hoping you and all your families stay well.
Alton Executive Committee
There was a magnificent result over the weekend as Federica Vazzana won a trophy at the BSGA National Schools Trampoline Finals!
Representing Alton College, Federica was competing in the Disability Cat 1 Novice Years 7-14 Girls group. She performed two excellent routines to finish in 3rd place, earning herself a deserving place on the podium and rewarded with a trophy for her performance.
It was a particularly competitive group, with over half of the competitors attempting somersaults in their routines. Federica’s excellent form and her skill in remaining in the centre of the trampoline throughout (scoring 10s and 9.9s for HD) scored her a grand total over 50, and just 0.05 off 2nd place, such was the closeness of the gymnasts in her group.
Federica’s Mum, Anne, who spent her Birthday supported her alongside Head Coach Mike, wanted to express her thanks to her coach James Acott too, and exclaimed how “proud we all are of her!”
ATC also had another member in the Finals, as Zaki took flight in the Intermediate Years 7-9 Boys group representing Eggar’s School. He had been working on harder routines, and successfully pulled them off, as he finished in a hugely respectable 7th place.
Zaki also formed part of the Eggar’s School Team, along with our very own Alex, and Ethan who competes with our friends at Alpha. The boys, who were a late entry to the event, did a great job representing their school, as they finished in 4th place. They also used the opportunity to impress their PE teacher, Mrs Jones, who was terrific in supporting them at the event.
With all the uncertainly surrounding the news and climate at the moment, this was a day filled with positivity and we are delighted and proud of our members and their performances and achievements, as we’re sure their schools are too. Well done to all!
The BSGA National Schools Trampoline Finals take place this coming weekend, and ATC members Federica and Zaki are both due to compete in their individual categories, representing Alton College and Eggar’s School respectively.
One of the teams have just withdrawn from the event, which has meant that the Intermediate Years 7-9 Boys Team from Eggar’s School, who were narrowly beaten to second place at Zonals, have been promoted to take their place in the Finals! The team consists of our members Zaki and Alex, along with Ethan from Alpha Trampoline Club.
Congratulations to all of them, and we would like to wish them all the very best of luck for the weekend!
Alton Trampoline Club are following the guidance provided by British Gymnastics regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19). This can be found at this link: https://www.british-gymnastics.org/news-and-events/news/latest-news/8983-advice-on-coronavirus
At present our scheduled training sessions or competitions are continuing as planned. We will continue to keep our members updated via email, this website, and our social media platforms.
There was more success for Alton members at the second Southern Regional NDP competition of the year.
The successful day saw medals in DMT for Frankie (1st – Level 5 13-14yrs), Scarlett (2nd – Level 3 13+yrs) and Jasmine (Level 2 13+yrs), along with Elena on the Trampoline (1st – Reg 1 Cat 1 15+yrs).
There were many other performances too, as other members also achieved the qualification score on the Trampoline required to qualify for the Regional Team Qualifier at the end of March. Alex.A improved on this score from the first Regional event. Zaki was competing at Level 4 for the first time having moved up two levels since last year. Both Jasmine and Scarlett followed up their excellent DMT performances to qualify in the Trampoline categories too. As part of this, Jasmine demonstrated her impressive improvement by receiving one of her highest Trampoline scores.
Spare a thought for Alex.O too, who narrowly missed out on both Trampoline and DMT.
Thanks to the support from parents and coaches on the day, with particular mention to Kerry, Vicky, Anne, Natasha and Mike, who all coached, judged, or were recorders, in order for our members to enter the event.
Well done to everyone who took part and best of luck to everyone who qualified for the March competition.
We would like to extend our thanks as we bid a fond farewell to coach Jasmine Sibley.
Jasmine was originally a junior member with the club who returned in 2017 as both a competitor and a coach. She continued to coach throughout her University course and even qualified as a competitor to compete in the Regional Team Qualifier. Now she has successfully gained letters after her name and entered full-time employment she has decided to step back from regular coaching.
We would like to thank Jasmine Sibley BSc for all of the support she has given her members and wish her all the very best for the future.
There was a fantastic turnout at our annual Intra-Club Championships, as more than half of our club members showed off their skills and were awarded with plenty of medals and trophies throughout the exciting event!
All levels and experiences were invited to take part, and the parents and spectators who supported us throughout the competition were treated to performances on both the Trampoline and DMT, culminating in a thrilling Synchro competition and a display from our GB Squad member and British Champion Stuart Sharpe.
For many of our members, it was their first experience of a competition, and they were greatly supported by our coaches and other more experienced members. We had everything from 5-move routines all the way up to 10-somersault routines, there was huge variety and it meant that all members, young and less-young, had a chance to take part.
Special mention to the Syncho competition at the end of the day, which saw teams such as Lorna & Scarlett and Hattie & Katherine, pulling out excellent high-level routines in nigh-on perfect synchronicity, coaches Scott & Eloise baffling the judges by completing complex skills you wouldn’t usually see within a routine, League-finalist Jonty & Level 1-Alex joining forces for the first time, a wonderful moment where brother and sister duo Frankie & Zach celebrated their routine having never tried Synchro with each other before, and eventual winners Stu & Kate Wiggens producing their National-level voluntary routine.
As well as the vast number of medals awarded for the competition, we awarded our annual awards for our Most Improved Members, as well as highest scores throughout the year and day. The winners were well-deserved and listed below. We also made a special presentation to two of our members for their outstanding contribution to the club over the year. Phoebe, one of our youngest members, raised over £200 by training and taking part in a 2k run, and Jonty, who after being unable to train for over 6 months following an injury (outside of club), continued to assist coach in training sessions and officiating and supporting members at competitions.
Finally, we would like to put out a huge thank you to everyone who helped and supported the club at the event. Many members donated prizes for our raffle, or made cakes to sell (including Vicky, Judy and Reuben) and this raised an amazing £150! To all coaches and officials who took the day to help the event run, and to our Competition Secretaries Anne and Federica, who did much of the organising for groups, timetables, and all of the various behind-the-scene work necessary for our competition to run so successfully.
Our Chairperson, Vicky, presented the awards and said what an amazing job we do for such a small club. We are hoping that this inspires our younger members to compete, and an opportunity for parents to meet our friendly Executive Committee. We are always welcoming, and if anyone is interested in helping join our committee and being part of our fantastic team then drop us a line, or come and speak to us to let us know.
Huge congratulations to Zaki and Federica, who both won medals at the Schools competition over the weekend and have now qualified for the BSGA National Schools Finals!
Federica, representing Alton College in the Year 7-14 Disability Novice Category 1 group, yet again showed great confidence and composure as she stretched, pointed her toes, remained in the middle of the trampoline, and produced two excellent routines. Her performance earned her third place, a place on the podium and the opportunity to compete in March in the National Finals.
Zaki from Eggar’s School improved upon his performance in the Regional round to produce two strong routines against even stronger competition. His high-scoring routines merited a medal and qualification to the Finals, which he duly earned by finishing in third.
Eggar’s School had also qualified for this competition in the team event, and their team included another of our members, Alex. He had already competed in one competition over the weekend, doing well at the Regional NDP event. Alex continued his good form as he completed his routines safely to add to the overall Eggar’s School score. Ultimately, Eggar’s School, which included Ethan from Alpha TC, did well and finished in third place. In the team competition, only the top two teams qualify for the National Finals, so it wasn’t to be on this occasion for the School, but they can be incredibly pleased with the performances of their pupils.
Thank you to Zoe Perkins, Tegan, and to Anne Edward, who supported all of the gymnasts as well as coaching and judging at the event.
Well done to everyone who took part, and best of luck to Zaki and Federica, who will be flying the flag for their schools at the National Finals on March 14th in Eastleigh.