Recreational & competitive gymnastics classes for children

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Recreational & competitive gymnastics classes for children

How Can We Help?

If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for, contact us. We’ll be happy to help.

Here you will find the answers to some questions you might have. From whether it’s right for your child and what to wear, via who we are and how we work, to admin and logistics.

Is there an age limit to your classes?

There is no maximum age limit. However, children must be aged 2 and up. Please note that, at the coach’s discretion, we may suggest that a child join a different group.

My child has no previous experience of gymnastics. Can they still join?

Yes. We welcome children of any ability and age (2+) and offer classes for beginners. However, please note that our coaches may recommend your child join a different age group in some cases. Don’t hesitate to contact us and we’ll be happy to advise you.

Can parents watch the classes?

Unfortunately, no. We do not usually allow parents to watch the classes. While we understand the parents’ wish to be present, in our experience this can be distracting for the children. Our first commitment is to the safety and security of all the gymnasts. This requires their undivided focus.

The exception is our Preschool group, where parents participate actively in the class.

That said, we try to run occasional sessions where parents and carers are invited to watch. These take place when we feel the gymnasts are able to perform safely even under the pressure of watching parents. In these sessions, we rehearse what’s been learnt thus far rather than teach the children new skills.

Are coaches DBS checked?

Yes, all our coaches are DBS checked. Our first commitment is to the children’s safety and security.

Our coaches are also registered members of British Gymnastics and certified to lead gymnastics classes. Additionally, they have the appropriate safeguarding and first aid training required to work with children, which is updated every three years.

Can I get a refund for classes my child does not attend?

No, classes are paid for in advance and non-refundable.

In the instance that a class is cancelled by us — due to one coach’s unavailability (a minimum of two coaches is required), venue issues or any other reasonable cause — we will do our best to offer a replacement class.

Do you offer a taster session?

Yes, children are welcome to come and try acrobatic gymnastics first. Please contact us to arrange a taster session

Why do I also need to pay for a British Gymnastics membership?

Membership of British Gymnastics is mandatory for all gymnasts in registered clubs. Importantly, it includes insurance (in case of injury during a class, for example) for your child through BG. The separate membership fee (£19*) is paid directly to British Gymnastics.

The membership fee paid to NOX GYM (£25) covers club administration for your child. Both memberships – our club and British Gymnastics – are renewed annually.

Please note that the British Gymnastics membership fee is set by them and is different for different gymnasts. It is currently £19/year for recreational gymnasts; £13/year for preschool gymnasts, and £43/year for gymnasts who compete in official competitions. Find out more on the BG website

Do you offer competitive classes?

Yes, we have Squads who prepare for competition. However, these are by selection only, as gymnasts will need to have some experience, show potential and a strong passion.

If your child is interested in training for competition and has some experience, contact us or talk to our coaches after class. We are always happy to welcome passionate gymnasts!

What should my child wear to class or to a taster session?

Ideally, children should wear a leotard for gymnastics classes and we ask them to have their own if they join the club. We’re happy to advise you and you can also buy gymnastics clothing through us. We usually have a small stock at the club at any given time and can order them in.

For a taster session, we understand that parents may be reluctant to purchase a leotard before knowing if their child will enjoy gymnastics. It is fine to wear shorts and a t-shirt. These should fit tightly but comfortably, yet not be baggy so as not to fall over the child’s head when leaning down and to keep their modesty covered at all times.

With regards to hair, please make sure it is tied away from the gymnast’s face and that there are no unnecessary accessories in it.

Facilities are currently closed due to Covid-19. Do you have a sense for when you might reopen?

Our gymnasts’ and coaches’ health is our primary concern. We are hoping to hold classes in real life again soon, but will only do so once we feel it is safe to do so. We will keep you updated about developments here – and be in touch via email as soon as we have a date.

How safe are online classes? Do I need to worry about my child’s health?

Our online classes are very safe. They do not involve any dangerous acrobatics or movements that could lead to injury. Instead, they are playful ways to maintain the body strength, agility and flexibility your child has acquired in previous classes (or is building up), so that they can pick up where they left off once we return to the gym.

Do you offer one-to-one classes?

Yes, one-to-one classes are possible and may be arranged. They are a great way for kids to advance as they allow us to focus on specific skills needed for what they are trying to achieve.

If the gymnasts are in a partnership, private lessons for the team can also be organised.

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