Putting the bounce back into the East Region


Jack Kelly Congratulates the Team

Regional team medallists

Some of our happy medallists

Jack Kelly looks forward to more Success

Congratulations to the Trampoline-East team on the successes at the NDP Team Finals.  Great credit goes to all coaches and gymnasts involved in the event and we hope these results will act as a stimulus for further progress.  Meanwhile it is important that, despite the understandable elation, we keep the result in perspective and maintain our focus on ‘the bigger picture’.

It is noticeable that the greatest number of team points accrued as a result of the performance of our younger competitors.  This is a strong indication that coaches and younger gymnasts are following the technical approach being promoted at our regional squad sessions.   The technical improvement is not restricted to those actually attending squad and it is clear that coaches are applying the principles throughout their clubs.  This is a significant development which can have long term benefits for trampolining in the East.

Coaches will be aware that this region was strongly critical of the way the NDP system was suddenly imposed without proper consultation.  However, a number of the areas of contention have been addressed and the squad coaches have now accepted that the NDP system is the only realistic route to the top of the sport in GBR.  We believe that coaches owe it to all their gymnasts to provide the opportunity to tap into the system at the most appropriate level.

The NDP system is now being supported by the regional pathway sessions which provide coach education opportunities as well as enabling gymnasts to train with other national level performers.  The regional squad sessions which we have been staging, slot very nicely into this pathway.

Please be aware that the views expressed in this article are those of the squad coaches and do not necessarily reflect that of the Eastern Region committee.

In summary: let us use the recent ‘small victory’ as a sign that we are doing the right things and start planning for further progress which will inevitably involve increasing training time and opportunities for those who demonstrate the desire and commitment to try and reach their full potential.

Jack Kelly

Squad Note

The last squad sessions scheduled for 2016 takes place this Sunday at Brentwood from 9am – 3pm – all coaches are welcome to attend whether or not they have performers present.

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Trampolining Gold at NDP Team Finals

Regional team medallists

Some of our happy medallists

Trampolining Gold at NDP Team Finals

With 22 medals and 40 trampolinists qualified for NDP Finals, the East Region’s Trampoline Team won the trophy as the best of the 13 UK regions at last weekend’s Regional Team Finals in Birmingham.  This was a remarkable achievement and will hopefully be a springboard to still further successes. Continue reading

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Squad 2016 Selection Results

Squad 2016 Selection Results

Following today’s Squad Selection Trial we are pleased to announce those who have been selected for the Tier 1 & Tier 2 squads.  First of all though,  we would like to congratulate all of those who are not listed for their demonstrable effort & commitment, please don’t feel that you have failed, as Thomas Edison said:

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up.  The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.

We will be looking to see you trying at competitions, work hard and keep trying, you could make it yet – the squad will be dynamic throughout the year! Continue reading

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Squad 2016 Trials Agenda

Squad 2016 Trials Agenda

Payment of Trial Fees

Can all coaches please ensure that their Gymnasts’ fees are collected and ready to be paid promptly in order that the sessions can get underway on time.  As previously advised, due to the numbers involved the cost for the trial is £7.50 per gymnast.  Either cash payment or cheque made payable to Brentwood Trampoline Club is acceptable.


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Squad 2016 Trials

Squad 2016 Trials

Following the invitation to submit names & scores for Squad 2016 we have decided to invite all those submitted to trial on 21st February.  The trials will be split into am and pm sessions.  There is no significance in the allocation to one or the other session apart from ensuring that the furthest clubs are not too inconvenienced by a very early start and so being allocated to pm. Continue reading

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Regional Trampoline Squad 2016

Regional Trampoline Squad 2016

Having confirmed venue and coach availability, and avoiding as many competitions and other events as possible, we are now able to confirm arrangements for the 2016 Development Squad for trampolining.  All squad sessions will take place at Brentwood School Sports Centre, Middleton Hall Lane, Brentwood, CM15 8EE.


Criteria have been set in order to identify gymnasts who demonstrate the potential to move upwards through the performance pathways and are showing the qualities needed for future years of progressive training and competition.

The selection method will involve the recognition of technical expectations, range and conditioning testing and gymnastic versatility.

Again we will be using an Opportunity Test Day on the 21st February from 9am until 12pm for the Under 14 age group, and then 12pm until 3pm for the Under 18s.  Timings for squad dates will be confirmed in due course as will proposed fees.


Each club may nominate, in rank order, 3 gymnasts per age group (Under 14 and Under 18 in 2016) who meet the criteria.  A further 2 reserve gymnasts, again in rank order, may be nominated per age group who may or may not receive an invite to trial. In all cases the selection criteria must have been met.  Following testing, each group will be reduced to 18 gymnasts.

Gymnasts will be continually assessed and may not be invited to subsequent squads if the squad coaches feel the expectations are too great.

There will be opportunities for entry to the squad throughout the year depending on recognition at competitions and place availability.

Please be advised that the trial is to determine those we feel will add value to the squad process. As such, coaches should not assume scores alone are a guarantee of selection and should, in determining their selection, consider those qualities that underpin future potential.


Criteria are based on minimum grade and 2-round form scores (not including bonus points), in recent competition, as follows:

  • 8-10 NDP 2 or F grade or higher   (45+)
  • 11-12 NDP 4 or E grade or higher  (45+ )
  • 13-14 NDP 5 or D grade or higher  (46+)
  • 15- 17 NDP 6 or C grade or higher  (46+)


  • February 21st – Trials Date,
  • March 6th,
  • April 10th,
  • May 15th &
  • June 12th.

How to Nominate

Coaches should submit their nominees names and competition scores (2015) information by no later than 15th January 2016 to squad@trampoline-east.org.

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Performance Pathway Symposium

Performance Pathway Symposium

Running on Saturday 16th  & Sunday 17th January 2016  enrolment is now open.

This is a two day event packed full of essential information and technical highlights for every coach of Level 2 qualification upwards.


  • Toni Minichiello                    – Coach to Jessica Ennis-Hill
  • Eddie Van Hoof                      – Head National Coach MAG British Gymnastics
  • Katie Richards                       – Bases Accredited Sport & Exercise Scientist
  • Matei Todorov                        – National Coach GB (1987-2009)
  • Niall O’Caroll                       – BSc Mc Sport Psychologist – British Gymnastics
  • English Institute of Sport         – Covering Nutrition, Lifestyle & Physiotherapy



Where is it?

Lilleshall National Sports Centre
Near Newport
TF10 9AT

How can I get there?

Options include:

  • Drive : Parking is available at Lilleshall and free of charge
  • Fly : Birmingham International Airport (42.8 miles away)
  • Train :Telford (A taxi from Telford Station is approx.£10.00)

Where will I stay?

Full Board with regular refreshments are offered and you will either be allocated a single or twin room at Lilleshall National Sports Centre or at the Holiday Inn, Telford International Centre, St Quentin Gate, Telford TF3 4EH

Why attend?

The TRA & TUM Coaching Symposium theme is -The Coaching Journey –Your Personal Development.  It will offer coaches the opportunity to discover detailed and varied aspects of coaching and challenge personal development.

Sessions will:

  • Cover technical updates
  • Enable networking opportunities and allow the sharing of good practice
  • Provide updates that will aid and enhance future delivery
  • Provide a range of workshop sessions, including: Nutrition, Psychology, Environment & Lifestyle

What is the fee to attend?

£160* including full board and refreshments

*Please note, this fee has been subsidised by the Performance Pathway and offers exceptional value.

How to Book?

You can enrol here to register and pay for your place at the TRA & TUM National Coach Symposium on 16th/17th January 2016.(Alternatively please use the ‘find a course’ section on the British Gymnastics Website).

Please note the closing date: 2nd December 2015

What if I can only attend for 1 day?

We welcome your attendance to this full 2 day experience, however, if you do not require accommodation the fee will be reduced by £30.00. Please email: julie,jenkins@british-gymnastics.org to book your place for the reduced fee before enrolling.


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Performance Pathway update

Performance PathwayPerformance Pathway update

The following has been received from BG:

Trampoline Performance Pathway 2015-2016

What is the Performance Pathway?

Following the success of the first year of the Performance Pathway in Trampolining, British Gymnastics is pleased to announce details of the programme for the coming cycle; October 2015 to June 2016.

The Performance Pathway has been set up by British Gymnastics to support the development of young gymnasts through a series of challenging, educational and engaging training camps based at three High Performance Centres across the country:

  • North England – City of Liverpool Trampoline Club
  • Midlands – Northampton Trampoline Gymnastics Academy
  • South England – OLGA Gymnastics and Trampoline Club

The programme is funded by Sport England and is open to English Gymnasts who have achieved a specific set of performance criteria. If you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, please contact your Home Nation Governing body to find out about development opportunities in your areas.

Who can attend?

The Performance Pathway for Trampoline is designed to select gymnasts who are keen to learn and develop into World Class performers. History and evidence has shown us over the years that many of Great Britain’s best young athletes never makes it to senior level, so it can be very difficult to identify which young gymnasts performing well now will ever go on to achieve success. Our programme is designed to pick up some of the best current performers to teach them about all the physical and mental skills they will need for success and guide them on their way to glory. We also try to cater for some of the gymnasts who are not necessarily performing really well in competition YET, but are displaying some of the characteristics that World Class performers show.

Evidence has shown that some of the very best athletes in the world were not that good when they were younger, but they worked really hard and learnt how to be the best. So therefore, our system has two tiers; the first for gymnasts performing well in competition and the second for gymnasts who display characteristics of successful elite performers.

Our Tier One gymnasts will be invited to four training camps at their nearest High Performance Centre between October 2015 and June 2016. Their personal coach will also be invited to attend every session. At each camp, the Pathway coaches will be delivering technical education both for the gymnast and the coach to improve development even further. In addition to these four camps, Tier One gymnasts and their coaches will be invited to three National Performance Pathway overnight camps at the British Gymnastics Lilleshall National Headquarters in Shropshire. Eligibility for selection onto the Performance Pathway Tier One squad is based on the criteria below:

  • Any gymnast who has qualified for the British Championships in 2015 in the following age groups; 9-10 / 11-12 / 13-14* (1st year 13-14’s only).
  • All medallists from NDP 8 National Finals in the following age groups; 9-10 / 11-12.

*Gymnasts who move up to 15-16 in 2016 are not eligible for Performance Pathway Squad selection.

Tier One gymnasts and their coaches will receive their selection letter and information in September 2015.

Our Tier Two gymnasts will be invited to four training camps at their nearest High Performance Centre between October 2015 and June 2016. Their personal coach will also be invited to attend every session. At each camp, the Pathway coaches will be delivering technical education both for the gymnast and the coach to improve development even further. Eligibility for selection onto the Performance Pathway Tier Two squad is based on the criteria below:

  • All finalists from NDP 8 National Finals in the following age groups; 9-10 / 11-12.
  • All medallists from NDP 7 National Finals in the 9-10 age group.
  • Any gymnast from 9-10 / 11-12 / 13-14 (1st year 13-14’s only) who competed in FIG (elite) grades in 2015 and achieved British Championships qualification scores on a minimum of one routine (this could be compulsory, WAGC set or Vol – minimum execution).
  • All qualifiers for NDP 7 and  8 Finals in the following age groups;  NDP 8; 9-10 & 11-12 / NDP 7; 9-10
  • Wildcard Selections – Each Zonal Lead Coach in consultation with the Head National Coach & Head Pathway Coach reserve the right to select any gymnast from any NDP / FIG level based on:
    • A gymnast achieving an exceptional score(s) at a BG sanctioned event.
    • A gymnast who has been ill or injured during the 2015 season.

Tier Two gymnasts and their coaches will receive their selection letter and information in October 2015.

he selection criteria for both tiers outlined above is for initial selection onto the Performance Pathway programme in October 2015. Our Pathway Coaches will be continually monitoring the gymnasts’ progress throughout the course of the year which may result in athletes moving from one tier to another to reflect their current ability.

As much as we wish to be able to support as many gymnasts as possible, we cannot guarantee selection and it will always be subject to the places available in each High Performance Centre and National Pathway camps at Lilleshall, with priority going to gymnasts who have achieved the Tier One standard.

3 x National Pathway Squads (Lilleshall)
4 x Zonal Pathway Squads (North, Midlands or South)

4 x Zonal Pathway Squads (North, Midlands or South)

Coach Education Opportunities

We recognise that in order to raise the domestic level of Trampolining across the country and aspire to be continually producing World and Olympic Champions, we need to provide learning opportunities for both gymnasts and coaches. Therefore, at each of the four Pathway camps based in our three High Performance Centres, there will be a unique opportunity open to any other coaches in the area to attend the camps, irrelevant of whether they have a gymnast on the programme. Information about attending these camps as a coach without a gymnast on the programme will be circulated around the regions and clubs. For more information on 2015-2016 camp dates and booking onto a camp, please contact your nearest Performance Pathway Coordinator:

  • North England – Jonathan McFadden  (jonathan.mcfadden@british-gymnastics.org)
  • Midlands – Jenni Morgan (jenni.morgan@british-gymnastics.org)
  • South England – Julie Jenkins (Julie.jenkins@british-gymnastics.org)

In addition to these technical development opportunities, we will be running a coaching symposium over two days in January 2016 at the British Gymnastics Lilleshall National Headquarters. This is a brand new event specifically created for coaches at the start of a gymnasts’ journey and will offer a whole range of technical and non-technical education sessions. More information about the 2016 Trampoline Coaching Symposium will be circulated in the coming months.

How much will it cost?

High Performance Centre camps (North, Midlands  South)

£25  Performance Pathway Tier One & Tier Two gymnasts

£25 Personal coaches of Performance Pathway gymnasts

£25 Any other coaches wishing to attend

National Performance Pathway overnight camps (Lilleshall)

£100 Performance Pathway Tier One Gymnasts

£75 Personal coaches of Performance Pathway gymnasts

The Performance Pathway Trampoline Team

BG Pathway Manager:   Sarah Benson (sarah.benson@british-gymnastics.org)

BG Performance Manager:  Alan Edge (alan.edge@british-gymnastics.org)

Head National Coach:   Craig Lowther

Head Pathway Coach:   Jay Scouler

North England Pathway Coach: Paul Greaves

North England Assistant Coach: Dan Greaves

North England Coordinator:  Jonathan McFadden

Midlands Pathway Coach:  Harvey Smith

Midlands Assistant Coach:  TBC

Midlands Coordinator:   Jenni Morgan

South England Pathway Coach: Brian Camp

South England Assistant Coach: Mike Wood

South England Coordinator:  Julie Jenkins

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Eastern Region featured in BG DMT video

Eastern Region featured in BG DMT video

The video below was produced by BG to showcase DMT in their Discover Gymnastics series – all the gymnasts in it are from Eastern Region with the exception of one, the video was taken at Sprung Loaded.


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The 2015 AGM for Trampoline East

The 2015 AGM

The Trampoline East AGM is being held on 11th October in Hatfield, after the Regional Championships competition.

Nominations are invited for committee positions on the attached form, or please nominate those existing committee members as they are willing to continue in their roles for the following year.

Nominations should come from a club rather than individuals, it is anticipated that this will be after discussion within your individual clubs.  If anyone wishes a role description of any of the committee positions before being nominated please let me know and I can forward these.

Please return forms to either the Regional Chair or the Secretary by the designated time for these to be counted.

The nomination form can be downloaded here:

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