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:
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:
|Have the squad sessions helped you to make changes?||Yes||8||13|
|Which area of approach has been affected?||Attitude||2||7|
|What has changed?||Text responses||8||12|
|Do you believe the change is sustainable?||Yes||8||12|
|Please suggest improvements||Text responses||6||7|
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 improvements||More 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.
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.
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.
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
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
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:
Following a vote in which each club had one vote the results were:
|Option 1||No votes|
|Option 2||13 votes (voters for this would switch to option 3 if for some reason the Trampoline-East committee found option 2 unimplementable)|
|Option 3||5 votes (voters for this would switch to option 2 if for some reason the Trampoline-East committee found option 3 unimplementable)|
|Option 4||No 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.
Agenda, 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/.
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!
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.
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.
VERY IMPORTANT TO NOTE:
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!
|Reece Norden||Sprung Loaded|
|Gemma Burgess||Sprung Loaded|
|Luke Dewe||Sprung Loaded|
|Sam Nightingale||Hi Tension|
|Trevyn Holland||Ministry of Air|
The programme for the squad on this date will comprise:
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:
|Bex Alexander||Cambridge Aspire *|
|Eitan Robinson||Brentwood *|
|Ethan Nightingale||Hi Tension *|
|Evie Joseph||Cambourne Comets *|
|Georgia Berry||Cambourne Comets|
|Hannah Blake||Cambourne Comets|
|Harry Mallows||Cambridge Cangaroos *|
|James Able||Cambourne Comets|
|Joe Harris||Team Twisters|
|Kendra Sherlock||Team Twisters *|
|Lauren Bembrick Taylor||Team Twisters|
|Matthew Burson||Cambridge Cangaroos|
|Mila Feldman||Cambridge Cangaroos *|
|Monica Dowling||Brentwood *|
|Owen Francis||Team Twisters *|
|Taranne Kendon||Cambridge Cangaroos|
|Tate Tucker||Cambourne Comets|
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 (email@example.com)
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.
|Chantelle Dreyer||Sprung Loaded||WC|
|Gemma Burgess||Sprung Loaded|
|Lauren Sadler||Ipswich Four|
|Naomi Waldock||Sprung Loaded|
|Reece Noden||Sprung Loaded|
|Sam Nightingale||Hi Tension||WC|
|Samantha Hodges||Sprung Loaded||WC|
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.
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org