Putting the bounce back into the East Region


2015 Squad Selection

2015 Squad Selections Completed

As has been reported previously, in 2015 we are splitting our development squad into two parts, a Junior and Youth section, each comprising just 20 members.  The 2015 squad purpose is to focus on those most capable of moving forwards and helping spearhead our region’s recovery as a force to be reckoned with; in doing this, with a wide selection of coaches from many clubs, it is also to be hoped that coaching practices will develop towards those supporting high performance pathways throughout the region.

Accordingly selections have been made for both squads taking into account factors including prior squad attendance, competition performance, the junior selection day and other factors that have become known to the squad team such as injury or limited hours.  The team have been particularly conscious in the selection that they do not include those with:

  • immaturity of development,
  • skill confusion,
  • injury issues,
  • insufficient training hours, or
  • skills developed beyond the gymnast’s technical competence.

Squad coaches are particularly keen to ensure, this year, that those attending are able to function fully in all squad activities, i.e squad is not seen as part of a remedial or rehabilitation process.

Junior Squad Test Day

Looking, in particular, at the junior squad selection day, where many many new gymnasts were presented for consideration, the squad coaches were very pleased by the levels of commitment & enthusiasm exhibited by all those attending and would like to congratulate and encourage them in that, sadly not all can be accommodated and they look forward to seeing them progress over the coming year with a view to filling spaces in future.

2015 Squads

Both squads will remain under constant review throughout the year and any noted as being more worthy of a space than incumbent members may be invited to future squad events.

The squad selections are as follows:

Junior SquadYouth Squad





Amber BradleyHi TensionAmelia EdbrookeSprung Loaded
Carys VerdicchioRotationsAustin PannellIndependant
Chloe CaleyPegasusCaitlin HoustonPegasus
Chloe HarrisonRotations (Conditional)Freya GrundyDragons
Evie HoodColchester GCGeorgia BerryComets
Evie JosephCambourne CometsGeorgia TyrrellBrentwood
Evie Stokes ShinnBrentwoodHaidee SpenceDragons
Freya WilliamsHi TensionHannah HodgkinsonHi-Tension
Hal OttleyIpswich FourHannah MorrisRotations
Hana ScillitoeDimensionsMaddison MerrittBrentwood
Jared SmithBrentwoodMatthew BursonCangaroos
Liam WhistlerCambourne CometsMonica DowlingBrentwood
Lilia KearneyIpswich FourOlivia WatsonBrentwood
Lilly PatrickHi TensionReece NordenSprung Loaded
Max FeltonDimensionsSam HodgkinsonHi-Tension
Max GaetaPegasusSpace
Sydney KellyCangaroosSpace
Willow LynchColchester GCSpace

Allocation of Spaces​

There remain some spaces to be filled in the Youth Squad and coaches are invited to ​submit nominations for these spaces for those aged over 12 this year and under 18, who they believe can meet the selection criteria (discussed above), explaining how they feel that the nominated gymnast can meet those criteria.  Such nominations may be submitted for those who have attended squad previously but have not been selected at this time.

Spaces in the Junior Squad will be by invitation only from Squad coaches taking into account competitions or other opportunities to view in action.

Regional Squads Update – 2015

Regional Squads Update – 2015

This is to announce a few changes to the previous updates:

  1. Due to unforeseen circumstances we are now no longer able to hold the Opportunity Test Day for the junior squad on 11th January – this event is now being moved to 25th January.  If you have previously confirmed attendance on 11th can you please re-confirm your availability for 25th.
  2. In light of this fortnight’s delay in the Test Day, we will no longer be holding the first 2015 squad  day on 1st February, but will introduce another date to replace this later in the year.  The first squad day this year will now be 1st March.
  3. There have been fewer names nominated for the junior squad than we had hoped, indeed some clubs have not nominated any, we are, therefore, opening the junior squad up to another year group so the junior squad will now be for those aged 8 – 12 (i.e. under-13 age groups) and the youth squad those aged 13 – 18 (i.e. over-13 but under-19 age groups), and will be a little more flexible on numbers (but not quality).
  4. The previously issued Trampoline Dates 2015 download, has therefore been changed in accordance with the above.

All other aspects of the previous announcements remain unchanged.

Regional Squads – 2015

Regional Squads – 2015

Further to the recent announcement about selection for squads in 2015, we can now confirm bookings have been made to hold Junior & Youth trampoline squads on the following dates:

  • 1st February,
  • 1st March,
  • 24th May &
  • 21st June.

These avoid all previously announced competitions (see – Trampoline Dates 2015) so should ensure optimum levels of attendance.  The venue will be Brentwood School Sports Centre and the sessions will be lead by Jack Kelly & Paul Kitchen.

Since ECGA are no longer subsidising these events, they will need to be self funding, and so whilst the cost per squad has been set at £15 per performer, this will be reviewed as the squads occur to ensure that no loses are incurred.

Trampoline Squad 2015 – Testing & Selection

Eastern Region Squad Criteria 2015

Coaches/ Gymnasts, thank you for all the enthusiasm and support during the last squad programme.  2015 will see some changes in the way the squad days will operate and how the initial squads will be selected.

Selected trampoline gymnasts will be given the opportunity to attend 4 squad sessions, undertaking a programme of activity deemed suitable to prepare gymnasts for potential future National and International selection.

Squad days will be divided into two 3 hour sessions.

  • Junior Squad – The first session will focus on younger gymnasts who will be 8-11 during 2015. These will be selected based on the criteria listed below.
  • Youth Squad – The second session will be for gymnasts aged 12 -18. This older group will be selected by invitation only, based on past knowledge of the gymnasts and their proven potential to offer value to the squad. Clubs will be notified in due course regarding those who have been selected.

This is a long term plan and our aim is to be flexible. As such, the squad will be the goal to either remain in or be selected for.

Important Information

The criteria below have been set to identify trampolinists aged 8-11 who demonstrate the potential to move upwards through the performance pathways, showing the qualities needed for future years of progressive training and competition.

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

We intend to begin with an Opportunity Test Day on the 11th Jan 2015 beginning at 10am and finishing around 3pm.

Each club will be eligible to send a maximum of 3 gymnasts whose coaches feel meet the criteria below. If we fail to reach sufficient numbers, we may ask clubs to add a fourth gymnast to their list.

We advise coaches to be highly selective before nominating any gymnast.

Following testing the group will be reduced to 20 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 regional competitions and place availability.

Junior Squad Criteria

1)      Be aged between 8 and 11 inclusive as of 31st December 2015.

2)      Hold a minimum of British Gymnastics Bronze membership.

3)      Demonstrate strength, flexibility and gymnastic versatility.

4)      Show competent straight jumping skills.

5)      Demonstrate competent forward/backward somersaults.

6)      Linking skills into and out of 5 above.

7)      Drills.

8)      Routines.

Gymnasts will work with their coaches allowing squad coaches to assess work undertaken through the normal coaching environment.

Application To Attend The Opportunity Test Day

Coaches of gymnasts aged 8-11 should send nominations to [antibot mailto=”[email protected]”] by December 20th providing evidence that nominees meet the criteria above.

Cost for the day will be £15 payable on the day.

January 2014 Squad Update

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):

  • 09.45 – 10.00   Arrival
  • 10.00 – 10.10   Welcome and introduction
  • 10.10 – 10.25   Floor warm up (Directed)
  • 10.25 – 10.40   Trampoline warm up (Directed)
  • 10.40 – 11.10   Jump drills
  • 11.10 – 12.30   Focus on on TEMPO
  • 12.30 – 12.45   Cool down and stretch
  • 12.45 – 13.15   Light lunch/snack (Bring suitable food and beverage)

It should be noted that periodic light snacking can also take place during the morning session without interruption to training.

  • 13.15 – 13.30   Introduction to afternoon session
  • 13.30 – 13.40   Floor warm up (Personal choice)
  • 13.40 – 13.50   Trampoline warm up (Personal choice)
  • 13.50 – 15.40   Working to own planned programme
  • 15.40 – 15.50   Cool down and stretch (Own choice)
  • 15.50 – 16.00   Session appraisal and forward plan.

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.

Squad attendees

The following are confirmed attendees, please advise us if any are no longer able to attend:


  • Josh Long
  • Bex Alexander


  • Monica Dowling
  • Zara Philips
  • Olivia Watson
  • Charlotte Nash De Villiers
  • Georgie Tyrrell
  • Maddie Merritt


  • Matthew Burson
  • Trinity Kelly
  • Taranne Kendon
  • Jordon Brioda
  • Zach Goggins
  • Mila Feldman
  • Ashlea Burke
  • Lois McGuire


  • Evie Joseph
  • James Able
  • Georgia Berry


  • Austin Pannell

Mid Suffolk

  • Elise Das

Hi Tension

  • Lily Patrick                                  WC
  • Hannah Hodgkinson                  WC


  • Lucy Bevan
  • Ellen Prior
  • Jasmin Samson
  • Caitlin Houston

Sprung Loaded

  • Reece Nordon
  • Issy Gibbons
  • Gina Atkinson                    WC
  • Mia Edbrook                      WC

Squad criteria 2014

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 [antibot mailto=”[email protected]”] 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.

Squad Criteria

  1. Evidence of previous engagement with the squad activities eg. Compliance with the testing procedures, recognisable technical changes made following squad sessions etc.
  2. Preference is likely to favour younger gymnasts who have  a long term future within the squad.
  3. Evidence of personal coach engagement with the technical messages being delivered during previous squad training.
  4. Ability to demonstrate progress on attainment of ‘top’ within the execution of basic skills.
  5. Evidence of skill flexibility i.e. absence of apparent ‘hang-ups’ or move issues.
  6. Evidence of trampoline-related physical conditioning.

It must be stressed that these criteria will only be required if numbers of applicants exceed available spaces.

Open Invitation to coaches

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
December 2013

Update about Regional Squad 2014

Regional Squad 2014

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.

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.

Squad update message from Jack & Paul

Picture of squad testing scores

Thank you to all the clubs who submitted the monthly test results on time.



This is important as we develop squad activity as a meaningful element in our drive to raise standards in the region. Disappointingly  two clubs have yet to submit their results. The testing process is a condition of continuing squad involvement, and we trust that this reminder will be sufficient to avoid us removing gymnasts from the squad.

Jack Kelly & Paul Kitchen

Note: the article posted here in February  describes the testing requirements.

Development Squad tracking programme

At the recent East Region Development Squad Jack Kelly announced the testing programme he wanted in place to track those attending squads whether as wildcards or by qualification.  As he says:

The most  important part of the Eastern Squad sessions is to guide coaches and gymnasts through the technical priorities which will help them to improve. The actual work on these techniques must be done in the clubs and between squad sessions. In order to monitor progress and provide quality control, three simple test drills are being used. If these were performed at squad sessions it would take up too much time, so we have made it a condition of squad membership that personal coaches  test their gymnasts once a month and submit the results to Dave Kingaby on the sheet provided. This process should only take about ten minutes per gymnast per month during club time. The essential qualities measured in these tests are balance, control, height an,d therefore, time of flight.  As the squad work develops, other tests will be introduced and you should see this process as a real opportunity for your gymnasts to progress.

An Excel spreadsheet has been produced to enable this tracking to take place and full instructions for its’ use are contained within it.   It can be downloaded by clicking on the link below or by contacting Dave by email – [antibot mailto=”[email protected]”].

The three tests to be conducted are:

  • ’10-Bounce Time’ – 10 straight jumps timed from a ‘flying start’ when the gymnast is bouncing to their highest controllable ability and says they are ready;
  • ’30-Bounce Time’ – 30 straight jumps timed from a completely dead bed with gymnast depressing the bed to start at the same time as the coach depresses the stop-watch; and
  • ‘Drill’ – conducted as the 10-Bounce Time but the first 9 bounces are Tuck, Straddle, Pike repeated 3 times followed by a straight jump.

Any clubs wishing to make use of this internally are welcome to have an unlocked copy of the recording sheet as well by asking Dave.

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