Putting the bounce back into the East Region


Trampoline Development Squad, 23rd March

Development Squad oversubscribed

Despite having a number of regular attendees at squad missing, we have found ourselves oversubscribed for the next development squad on March 23rd.  This means that, unfortunately, we are unable to meet all the requests for wildcards.  Since the purposes of the squad are to promote excellence we have decided to select the wildcards who have shown the best form results in recent competitions and, accordingly, the squad list is as follows:

  • Olivia Watson                                 Brentwood
  • Monica Dowling                             Brentwood
  • Zara Phillips (wc)                           Brentwood
  • Trinity Kelly                                    Cangaroos
  • Taranne Kendon                            Cangaroos
  • Sydney Kelly (wc)                         Cangaroos
  • Evie Joseph                                      Comets
  • James Able                                       Comets
  • Georgia Berry                                 Comets
  • Evie Stokes-Shinn                         Dimensions
  • Austin Pannell                                 Dragons
  • Olivia Collier (wc)                           Flight
  • Sam Hodgkinson                             Hi-Tension
  • Lily Patrick (wc)                              Hi-Tension
  • Hannah Hodgkinson (wc)            Hi-Tension
  • Thomas Verdicchio                        Levitation
  • Shannon Waterman                        Loughton Flyers
  • Elise Das                                              Mid Suffolk
  • Caitlin Houston                                Pegasus
  • Lucy Bevan                                        Pegasus
  • Joe Harris                                           Recoil
  • Kendra Sherlock                              Recoil
  • Lauren Bembrick-Taylor             Recoil
  • Carys Verdicchio (wc)                   Rotations
  • Kathryn (Katie) Marson               Rotations
  • Jasmine Samson                               Sprung Loaded
  • Reece Norden                                    Sprung Loaded
  • Luke Dewe                                           Sprung Loaded
  • Amelia Edbrooke (wc)                   Sprung Loaded
  • Freya Grundy (wc)                          Waveney GC
  • Haidee Spence                                  Waveney GC

Programme for 23rd March

  • 09.45   Arrive
  • 10.00   Welcome and introduction
  • 10.15   Floor warm up (Directed)
  • 10.30   Trampoline warm up (Directed)
  • 11.00   Jump drills
  • 11.30   Creating a SATNAV to improve routine performance
  • 12.30   Lunch
  • 13.00   Floor warm up (Own choice)
  • 13.10   Trampoline warm up (Own choice)
  • 13.30   Training to own programme including 30 minutes ‘Perpetual Motion.’
  • 14.45   Session review
  • 14.50   Equipment away
  • 15.00   Depart

Squad Survey

After the last squad we set up a short on-line survey and asked those attending to respond to a range of questions intended to inform the Squad Coaches on how squads are (i) being received and (ii) could be improved.

Both coaches and gymnasts were asked to respond, in total 13 of 28 gymnasts did so, and 9 of approximately 15 coaches (excluding those related to the squad and its operation) – so approximately 50%.  The summary results are:

Responses by:913
Have the squad sessions helped you to make changes?Yes813
Which area of approach has been affected?Attitude27
Training Method711
Skipped question10
What has changed?Text responses812
Skipped question11
Do you believe the change is sustainable?Yes812
Skipped question11
Please suggest improvementsText responses67
Skipped question36
Not given34
Not given34


Some written responses to specific questions (summarized/truncated in some cases) are:

What has changed?More attention to basics, technical criteria at an earlier development stage. More emphasis on lower grade coaches within the club to adhere to these principals.Changes to the organisation of club squad sessions.Insisting not just on good technique, but aiming towards excellence. We use drills every session now with the whole club.Hoping to introduce the perpetual training to some of our sessions.

Adding conditioning to the circuit also more work on the control of jumping.

I will use more of Jack’s drills/exercises with all my club classes (I already used some from reading his articles on the Brentwood website but it’s much better so see them for real!) After last Sunday I will be putting even more emphasis on balance than before too. [truncated]

I believe that my training method and technique has changed in small ways, helped by picking up information from the higher level coaches around at the squad sessions. After both the squad sessions I have attended, I have come away feeling inspired and wanting to put into place things I have learnt.

Very focused on take-offs now – what is happening in the bed as much as what happens in the air. Introduced the perpetual motion concept for our elite gymnasts which seems to be working well.


The coach has improved our warm up session by including the warm ups we did on Sunday. We now use training diaries on a regular basis. The squad training has helped me focus more on my technique and it makes me want to improve myself as much as I can.At the training we did the perpetual motion system that kept me busy in between goes. The log books have been helpful cos I could write down what I’ve done and what I need to improve on. So at the next training sessions I know what I need to think about.Direction and the ability to control my take off into moves.I do drills, which I learnt from squad, every training session and this has improved the accuracy of my straight bouncing.

Use of Perpetual Motion at clubs squad sessions.

Warm ups have become more focused on straight bouncing and control rather than doing what we want, I find it useful because I have a better idea of how to prepare for the session.

I have started to use the perpetual motion hour rota and it’s made me work harder.

We are using more drills in our warm up and they are improving.

The squad sessions have helped me focus more on my moves and where my body should actually be on certain moves.  I liked the way that even our basic moves were shown how to perform better, I loved seeing the really good trampolinists and feel inspired to be able to do the same skills and moves as them

Thinking about the best way to bounce, positioning of arms.

I now know what I want out of my training and it all ha a purpose also it’s good seeing other gymnasts that want the same thing

I think my attitude towards trampolining has changed, and towards what I want to do. Also, I think I have improved some of my moves and I liked doing the Perpetual Motion Hour as a training method

Please suggest improvementsMore written handouts to take back to clubs to ensure nothing is forgotten and all the information gets handed on.Introduce other HPC coaches into the delivery team and encourage club coaches to bring other coaches from their club to support their own performers so they can circulate either with jack and Paul or just to listen in to other coaches for a spread of ideas.I can’t fault how the day is run! Well organised, useful and appropriate coach feedback. I think 4 per bed is an ideal number. I think that selection should be made from top end D’s and all C’s. As our coaching improves the ages should naturally get younger. Having wild cards is a must in order to ‘raise the game’ as a region.Nothing yet has changed though I have taken away ideas for further thought before making a change, holding for an alternative reference or discarding.  There are changes I would like to make, as in better use of time between goes. Though this will be a very hard thing to change as teaching older jumpers who have become set in their ways. Will try and see how it goes. There seemed to be a large range of ability and the numbers I thought were also on the high side.  [Truncated]

The squad sessions are good as they are they differ each time we come which allows us to take back to our club different things each time , I know that all our gymnasts have loved the sessions and found them helpful.

That’s difficult as I thought the whole day was brilliant and really useful! The only thing is personally I would like to be able to bring more of my trampolinists to have input from the squad coaches rather than just 1, as it was really hard to choose 1 & they would all benefit, but I can see that’s not really viable. Alternatively is there any way a squad coach could possibly come to my club and do a 1 off session for all my competition squad children (& all my coaches)??

There were quite a lot of interruptions which sometimes made it difficult to focus.There are no improvements that could be made in my opinion.I think it would be more useful if we spent less time working on basic things such as straight jumping and maybe just give a note about it to coaches during the session as it is hard to keep focused doing things like this.  Additionally last squad session I think there were slightly too many people there as when there is 5 people on a trampoline you didn’t get a chance to do a lot. But overall it is a useful session especially in terms of coaching points.I would like it if I got some advice from other coaches from different clubs.

One of our coaches was involved in the squad, we didn’t get enough coaching time. [Truncated]

I just hope that I will be able to keep coming even though I’m not a grade C and because I learnt so much there.

I like the way they are done now I’ve been to them since they started and enjoyed each one.

We would like to thank all those of you who took the time to respond and to assure you that in planning the upcoming squad, we will be conscious of the comments and trying to take them into account as much as is feasible.  The questionnaire is now closed to further responses, a new one will be opened after the next squad.

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BG Trampoline Performance Pathway Initiative 2014

British Gymnastics has recently made an announcement about this programme which is reproduced (unaltered) below.  The East Region Pathway performance Coordinator is Jenni Morgan and she understands that the job vacancy for Pathway coaches will shortly be available to download from BG’s website, so if you feel this may suit someone you know, perhaps you could alert them to this.

Trampoline Performance Pathway Programme 2014

The BG Performance Pathway Programme for Trampoline will be launched in April 2014.

This availability of the BG Performance Pathway Programme resources to Trampoline represents a great opportunity to underpin and build on the major changes that have been happening in the sport since November 2012. With the centralisation of the Senior and Junior Performance Squads at Lilleshall after the 2012 Games and the appointment of a Head National Coach (HNC) overseeing a group of National Coaches working with these squads there has been significant improvements made during 2013. However for there to be genuine sustainable progress within Trampoline there is now an urgent need to underpin the new National Squad structure with a Performance Pathway that is regionally-based and capable of identifying and developing new gymnasts and coaches who are at an appropriate standard to feed upwards into the National Squads.

The Programme will group regions into 3 Zones – North; Midlands and South and be based around 3 of the strongest clubs in the Great Britain – City of Liverpool in the North; Northampton in the Midlands and OLGA in the South.

These clubs will have a new designation of High Performance Centre (HPC’s) and will become the central focus for an initiative to support all levels of trampoline development.

Each will host a programme of regional training camps and coach clinics throughout the year aimed at identifying and developing regional gymnasts and their personal/club coaches.

A major advantage of this new pathway provision is that it will be perfectly placed to support gymnasts and coaches within the new Trampoline Competition Structure that is already underway from January. A key feature of this new structure is to expand and strengthen regional activity in Trampoline so that the transition to National Level is a more consolidated, progressive and fundamentally sound process than previously.

Zonal Areas, Regions and Camp/Clinic Detail for the TRA Performance Pathway Initiative

Northern Zone – based at City of Liverpool as the HPC and covering North West/North East/ Yorkshire/Northern Ireland.

Midland Zone – based at Northamptonshire Trampoline Gymnastics Academy as the HPC and covering East Midlands/West Midlands/ East/South East.

Southern Zone – based at OLGA as the HPC and covering South/South West/London

  • Each of the above zones will host 10 x 1 day camps/clinics per year. These will deliver a programme of gymnast and coach development and will run as either single day or 2 day courses as required.
  • There will be a common syllabus for the camps in booklet form. This will be produced by the Head National Coach and the Technical Coaching Team and be distributed to the clubs within each Zone and region. The technical content will be closely coordinated with both the demands of the new TRA Competition Structure and the technical programme currently being delivered to the Senior and Junior TRA National Squads. The key aim here is to ensure a quality assured consistent delivery throughout the TRA Performance Pathway.
  • The target age groups will be 7-8; 9-10; 11-12;13-14 at a standard elite grade (or NDP 7 or 8) with the aim being to use the Zonal squads to identify and develop trampoline gymnasts who are well enough equipped to challenge for places in the GBR Squads and ultimately for selection to future WAGC and Euros Teams.
  • Of equal importance is to reach out and develop young coaches across the regions who will be exposed to the best practice coaching skills from an early stage and whose development will be completely in step with how the National Squads are operating at the National Centre in Lilleshall (LNSC).
  • These Zonal camps and clinics will target appropriate periods in the competition calendar with also the possibility of a longer camp in August.
  • There will be a menu of types/levels of course to choose from in order to maximise inclusivity and take-up. These may include Beginner Coach Clinics where required.
  • There will also be the scope where appropriate to run additional ‘outreach’ camps at suitable club venues in regions where the distance to the HPC puts them at a disadvantage.
  • Details and Timescale for recruitment of Performance Pathway Coaches. There will be a Technical Team to lead, develop and monitor all aspects of the Programme and a Hub Coach for each Zone, all working in close co-operation with the National Squad coaching staff. The 3 Hub coaches will be primarily responsible for the co-ordination and delivery of the Camp and Clinic Programme in each Zone with the close support of the Technical Team
  • The intention is for the Hub Coach posts to be advertised nationally during February 2014 with appointments made in March 2014. The detail of these coach packages are tbc.

Trampoline is working closely with Rachel Bayley – the BG Performance Pathway Development Manager – and her team of Regional Co-ordinators and more information will be available soon on this exciting new Initiative for Trampoline.

Alan Edge – Performance Manager/Craig Lowther – Head National Coach
February 2014

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Important Competition Structure Announcement

At Sunday’s meeting of clubs following our Trampoline East AGM, we had a long and serious debate about the current competition structure, how and why it evolved, and how the structure now being mandated by BG contrasts with it.  (Webmaster note – discussion documents & minutes are available on this site – click this link).

The debate looked into the possible effects of the new structure, the lack of certainty about certain elements (such as how an arm-set would be judged), and the potentially serious effect it might have on retention, safety and welfare.  We were particularly grateful to Sue Lawton who took the trouble to travel from Berkshire to be with us.

From the way the debate progressed it was clear that there was a strong consensus view that the current structure allows for a more measured development of individuals than the proposed structure. Having said that, it was also acknowledged that our ‘Elite’ performers need to have a competitive pathway open to them for possibility of national representation.

At the end of the debate we considered the following options:

  1. adoption of the new structure being promoted by BG;
  2. running an NDP6 competition at times mandated by BG to provide a qualification route for those wishing to enter the Gala competitions but also running, separately, regional competitions using the current H – C specifications for all other regional competitors;
  3. running an NDP3-6 competition at times mandated by BG but also running, separately, regional competitions using the current H – C specifications for those not wishing to follow the NDP route;
  4. full rejection of the BG structure.

Following a vote in which each club had one vote the results were:

Option 1No votes
Option 213 votes (voters for this would switch to option 3 if for some reason the Trampoline-East committee found option 2 unimplementable)
Option 35 votes (voters for this would switch to option 2 if for some reason the Trampoline-East committee found option 3 unimplementable)
Option 4No votes (but only on the basis that the clubs felt that a pathway to the BG galas/nationals had to be left in place given that BG are intent on implementing their structure regardless of reasoned opposition to it, not because anyone thought the proposed structure had merit).

It was debated and understood that the voted for option 2 would mean Eastern Region would not be able to take part in the Regional Finals.

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Be heard, major debate at AGM 13th October

Trampoline East AGM 2013Agenda, reports & discussion documents relating to the upcoming Regional AGM and, probably most importantly, Competition Structure meeting are now available to view at http://trampoline-east.org/committee/minutes/.

AGM details

All clubs, and interested parties are welcome to attend the meeting taking place at  Sawston Sports Centre, New Road, Cambridge, CB22 3BP.  Please forewarn us if you intend coming by email to:

If you have opinions this is the time to express them, silence or apathy is the enemy of fair play!

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Squad update from Jack Kelly

Well done to all who attended the Eastern Squad session on Sunday.  Paul and I would particularly like to congratulate the coaches for their work between squads because it is becoming apparent that the gymnasts are beginning to develop the sound technical habits we have been promoting over  the last 12 months. Squad selection is  always difficult, and we can never accommodate all the gymnasts who would like to attend, but all coaches in the region should remember that they are welcome to attend squads as part of their CPD whether they have gymnasts on the squad or not.

We had a number of late ‘call offs’ this time and whilst it is understood  emergencies and late injuries can arise, coaches must be mindful that we can’t always get ‘wild card’ replacements at short notice, so a late cancellation means that someone has been denied an opportunity. Please bear this in mind when notifying non attendance. Of course It is important that coaches attend with their gymnast, but if the coach finds they have to make a late cancellation, we would be happy for the gymnast to attend with a parent rather than miss out or prevent a wildcard replacement.

We look forward to the next set of monthly test results which are beginning to provide a developing bank of information both in terms of performance and attitude. Keep up the good work everyone!

Paul and Jack.

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Regional Squad Announcement for 17th March

Below is the confirmed list of attendees at the Regional Squad being held at Brentwood Trampoline Club between 10am – 3pm on Sunday 17th March (the wearing of shamrocks is optional  😎 ).

Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on your perspective, owing to available numbers at Fig and Nat C there will be no wildcard spaces available at this squad although, coaches, we do still expect testing results for those who have attended previously.

Please note that Jack & Paul may have to impose further selection criteria either for the remaining Squads in May and June or from the onset of next season.


Clubs without attendees are welcome to send coaches and those on the development pathway towards becoming one.  In fact, the more coaches attending the happier Jack & Paul will be!

Regional Squad is on St Patrick's Day

James AbleCambourne
Hannah BlakeCambourne
Evie JosephCambourne
Georgia BerryCambourne
Tate TuckerCambourne
Reece NordenSprung Loaded
Gemma BurgessSprung Loaded
Luke DeweSprung Loaded
Susanna BadleyBrentwood
Georgie  TyrellBrentwood
Faith EverettBrentwood
Caitlin HoustonPegasus
Shelby SkeggsPegasus
Jasmin SamsonPegasus
Lucy BevanPegasus
Thomas VerdiccioLevitation
Nathan  LunnissLevitation
Matthew BursonCangaroos
Taranne KendonCangaroos
Austin PannellDragons
Sam NightingaleHi Tension
Trevyn HollandMinistry of Air
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Squad programme 10th February 2013

The programme for the squad on this date will comprise:

09.45  Arrive
10.00  Welcome and introduction
10.10  Outline of squad aims and processes
10.30  Floor warm up (Directed)
10.40  Tramp warm up (Directed)
11.00  Drill session
12.00  Application of drilled techniques to set routines
13.00  Lunch ( Coaches and gymnasts bring packed lunch)
13.30  Floor/Tramp warm up (Own choice)
13.45  Application of drilled techniques to vols
14.45  Cool down/stretch
15.00  Closing remarks

Please ensure that all performers arrive with their coach, training diaries and payment of £15 (cheques payable to ECGA).

Following yesterdays grading competition, we have now updated the list of gymnasts eligible for inclusion into the squad based on this years criteria as follows:

Abigail ClarkePegasus
Austin PannellDragons
Bex AlexanderCambridge Aspire *
Caitlin HoustonPegasus
Eitan RobinsonBrentwood *
Ethan NightingaleHi Tension *
Evie JosephCambourne Comets *
Faith EverettBrentwood
Georgia BerryCambourne Comets
Georgie  TyrellBrentwood
Hannah BlakeCambourne Comets
Harry MallowsCambridge Cangaroos *
James AbleCambourne Comets
Joe HarrisTeam Twisters
Kendra SherlockTeam Twisters *
Lauren Bembrick TaylorTeam Twisters
Matthew BursonCambridge Cangaroos
Maddison MerrittBrentwood
Mila FeldmanCambridge Cangaroos *
Monica DowlingBrentwood *
Nathan  LunnissLevitation
Owen FrancisTeam Twisters *
Sam NightingaleHi Tension *
Shelby SkeggsPegasus
Susanna BadleyBrentwood
Taranne KendonCambridge Cangaroos
Tate TuckerCambourne Comets
Thomas VerdiccioLevitation
Victoria BrambleBrentwood
* – denotes wildcard
Please confirm attendance (or not) as soon as possible to Jack & Paul – squad@trampoline-east.org
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Squad selection for 10th February

We are still awaiting decisions at a national level that will impact how we need to make selections for our regional squad. Nevertheless we need to prepare and look forward to the forthcoming season and so we must make some attempt to guess and prepare accordingly.  We are assuming that most currently involved in National squad structures will no longer be, and that we will need to cater for those displaced in our thinking.

We also think that we will continue to see more and more gymnasts achieving the current selection criteria which is a good thing other than for purposes of trying to run an effective squad system which requires that numbers be manageable.  This must be addressed and simplified, and so at least for the first Squad in February we are asking coaches to submit the names of all U17 gymnasts who are eligible to compete in the Gillingham Gala. Any that qualify at the Brentwood Grading on the 3rd of February will be considered by the Regional Coaches prior to the 10th.

We will also wish to continue with our policy of wild card selections; a non measurable approach which allows us to recognise younger gymnasts who, along with their coaches, show attributes which will hopefully raise the bar for the future of the Region.  These are not necessarily permanent places as we would prefer to reach as many as possible who tick the right boxes.

Details of the timetable for the 10th February will be posted here shortly.

Jack & Paul (squad@trampoline-east.org)

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October squad confirmed

Below are the confirmed names for the final squad session of 2012 on 28th October.   We welcome several new gymnasts as a result of qualification to National C last weekend and also some wildcards based on achieving a  score of 50.0 and above. This was the only method that would allow for manageable numbers.

Austin PannellDragons
Becks AlexanderAspire
Caitlin HoustonPegasus
Chantelle DreyerSprung LoadedWC
Faith EverettBrentwood
Gemma BurgessSprung Loaded
Georgia BerryCambourne
Georgia TyrrellBrentwood
Hannah BlakeCambourne
James AbleCambourne
Lauren MichaelsBrentwood
Lauren SadlerIpswich Four
Lucy BevanPegasus
Naomi WaldockSprung Loaded
Rebecca ShawCambourne
Rebecca ShawCambourne
Reece NodenSprung Loaded
Sam NightingaleHi TensionWC
Samantha HodgesSprung LoadedWC
Shelby SkeggsPegasus
Tate TuckerCambourne
Thomas VerdiccioCangaroos


  • 12:00 pm Registration and Introductions.
  • 12.15 pm Dynamic Warm Up.  Gymnasts only.
  • 12.30 pm – Revision of previous session
  • 2.00 pm – Cool Down – Lunch Break.
  • 2.45 pm – Dynamic Warm Up.
  • 3.00 pm – Preparing for competitions / Physical testing.
  • 4.00 pm – Cool Down.
  • 4.45 pm – Plenary session.
  • 5:00  pm  – Depart.

Squad members must have their primary or suitably qualified coach present with them on the day.

Any coach wishing to attend the day is more than welcome whether or not they or their club have gymnasts in attendance.

Please bring your own food/refreshments. Vending machines for snacks & drinks are also available.

Training diaries are required.

The cost for the day is £15.

Times for the various sections of the timetable may change if required.


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October Squad Date Confirmed

We can now confirm that the next Squad date will be the 28th October beginning at 12pm and finishing at 5pm. The later start is to allow those traveling back from the English Championships on the Saturday time to recover; we have also arranged for the clocks to be put back an hour to afford an extra hour in bed.

The venue will be: The Courage Hall, Brentwood School Sports Centre, Middleton Hall Lane, Brentwood, CM15 8EE

Further information regarding the content for the day will be posted shortly, but in the meantime could we ask all clubs to indicate their gymnasts availability. Please indicate any changes such as club, personal coach etc. so Dave can update accordingly.

Paul & Jack – squad@trampoline-east.org

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