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
Following issue of revised criteria recently Jack & Paul are pleased to confirm the following successful squad applicants for the 9th February 2014 Squad session:
* All gymnasts should bring their current training diaries and a pen to the squad session on Sunday 9th February. Anyone without a training diary should bring a suitable notebook as this will be required during the session.
The squad will commence at 10am on 9th February and finish around 3pm, catering is normally limited to vending machines so you are advised to bring refreshments with you, we normally take a 45 minute lunch break in the middle of the session.
The squad fee remains set at £15 payable on the day to Dave please. Can you please confirm your intent on attending as soon as possible since there are other wild card opportunities we could still consider if you are not able to attend.
Please note all performers should be fit enough to cope with the length of the session and accompanied by a coach familiar with their current work.
The squad director & coach have been considering the large numbers who became eligible for the last squad. In this light, they have tried to find a way of ensuring a manageable squad whilst trying to provide the broadest possible scope for all clubs in the region to participate. For this reason the following criteria will be applied to the February squad although, following that, may be reviewed further.
In addition it has been decided that in line with the policy to include a coach education element during squad sessions, any club in the region affiliated to the ECGA and not already represented (as above), may send one coach and one gymnast (the gymnast’s standard to be determined by the club in question). Please be sure to notify the names of gymnast and coach by the closing date above.
If places on the squad session remain available after applying the above criteria, the Regional Squad Coach will invite appropriate ‘wild card’ gymnasts.
Jack Kelly has just confirmed the following schedule for the January 2014 squad this weekend (although please note that the hall booking is only until 3pm so this schedule will be time-adjusted accordingly – please arrange pickups for 3pm):
It should be noted that periodic light snacking can also take place during the morning session without interruption to training.
All squad members must be accompanied by a coach who is used to working with them and we extend an open invitation to any qualified coach wishing to attend for the purpose of expanding their knowledge and understanding of Trampoline Gymnastics.
The following are confirmed attendees, please advise us if any are no longer able to attend:
The first East Region Squad session for 2014 will be held at Brentwood on 12th January starting at 10am. Eligible gymnasts will be under 17 and qualified at Regional D, Nat C and Nat B using 2013 criteria, if you have such gymnasts please nominate them (with relevant details) by email to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
There will be a maximum of 24 places on the squad but if the number of applicants exceeds availability then an assessment process will take place during the first squad session. In order to identify the gymnasts most likely to obtain long term benefit from squad membership, the following squad criteria will be broadly applied.
It must be stressed that these criteria will only be required if numbers of applicants exceed available spaces.
Like last year, all coaches within the region, whether or not they have a gymnast on the squad, are invited to attend squad training as part of their continuing coach development. We hope there will a be a significant response to this invitation as one of the squad aims is to raise coaching standards in addition to the level of gymnast performance.
Jack Kelly & Paul Kitchen
Paul & Jack have established the following provisional dates for regional squad 2014, selection criteria to follow soon.
Remember that these days are at least as much about developing coach skills as they are performers, so even if you don’t think you will have eligible performers please do put the dates in your diaries.
Jack Kelly and Paul Kitchen have confirmed their intention to run at least three Eastern Squad sessions in 2014 but can not yet determine the criteria for selection because of the ongoing uncertainty over the future regional and national structure (which has not been helped by little more than a token response from BG to real issues that have been raised by regions).
As soon as we are clear about the future structure, regional criteria will be published along with age considerations. Members of the 2013 squad may be eligible but the coaches will also be taking into account the degree of commitment to the testing criteria shown during the year.
Jack has advised that the timetable for Squad 14th July will be as follows:
10.15-10.30 – Introduction away from gym
10.35-10.45 – Floor warm up (Controlled)
10.45- 11.00 – Tramp warm up (Controlled)
11.00- 11.30 – Jump drills
11.30- 12.30 – Connection drills
12.30- 13.00 – Lunch
13.00- 13.10 – Floor warm up (Individual choice)
13.10- 13.25 – Tramp warm up (individual choice)
13.25- 14.45 – Individual skill and combination development
14.45- 15.00 – Summary and depart.
Confirmed attendees so far are:
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If you are eligible for squad (i.e. qualified to, or at, national grade and are under 17 please contact Paul & Jack at email@example.com.
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.
The delay is necessary because the Royal British Legion are holding a parade and dedication service at the war memorial at the end of the road Brentwood School Sports Centre is located on. The service is taking place between 2pm and 3:30pm and so should have been cleared by the revised end time of 4pm.
By default we are expecting this squad to comprise all those aged under 17 and qualified to National C or above. Can all coaches please advise us as soon as possible of those planning to attend in order that we can consider whether there is any scope for wildcards on this occasion.
As always, we are particularly keen to see as many coaches attending as possible (including those without squad performers), since these sessions are aimed as much at developing coaches as they are our young competitors in the region.
Can coaches of all recent squad attendees please remember to submit their April test results as soon as possible (thanks for those already received).
Paul – firstname.lastname@example.org