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City of Newport Gymnastic Academy Ltd handbook is
designed to ensure that all members have access to the
Policies, Rules and Regulations, Gymnastic Progress
Guidance and the Memorandum and Articles of the
This handbook represents the health, safety and welfare
policies of the National Governing Bodies, British and
Welsh Gymnastics ( a copy of the Health and Safety
Policy Framework document is located at the Academy
and can also be downloaded from the British Gymnastic
This Handbook will be accessible for all members to read
and will also be available via the Academy web site as
read only PDF document and will be reviewed and
amended by the Directors of the Academy accordingly.
The Academy is focused in maintaining the highest of
standards at all times in order to deal with any
circumstance that may arise, in an effective and
professional manner.
Academy Location & Features
Equal Opportunities Policy
8 - 10
Coaching Policy
11 – 21
Gymnastic Classes and Structure
22 – 32
Rules and Regulations
33 – 34
Marcel & Tina
Mike Hackwood
Trudi Foster
Welfare Officer
Trudi Foster
Tina Marenghi
Marcel Marenghi
Ceri Bourne
Amanda Clark
Tara Miller
Hannah Bourne
Kim Rowlands
Artistic L3
Artistic L4
Men’s Artistic/
Women’s Artistic L2
WA UKCC L2 Coach
WA UKCC L2 Coach
WA Club Judge
WA UKCC L1 Coach
WA UKCC L1 Coach
Poppy Jones,
WA Club Judge
Tamsin Petersen
Lauren Thomas
City of Newport Gymnastic Academy is located at Unit
18 Queensway Meadow Industrial Estate, Estuary
Road Newport South Wales NP19 4ST.
It is a fast
developing area of the city with many large and
established business moving into close proximity of
the gymnastic centre.
The Academy is spacious and offers a wide range of
gymnastics to both junior and senior gymnasts
including adult gymnastics. The facility includes the
majority of Olympic apparatus for artistic gymnastics
including a competition sprung floor area. It also has
a tumbling piste and air track for development of
gymnastic skills.
Reviewed & updated 27January 2015
The Equality Act 2010 objectives cover all following
protected characteristics: age, disability, gender
pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex,
sexual orientation.
City of Newport Gymnastic Academy Limited aims to
harassment, intimidation and unlawful discrimination.
All coaches, volunteers, officials and gymnasts have
equal opportunity to realise their full potential. Every
participant is valued for his or her unique contribution
during their membership of the Academy.
Individual Responsibility
Everyone has a responsibility for ensuring that their
personal conduct is exemplary, and that they treat
others with fairness, decency and respect. The policy is
clear and unequivocal; any form of harassment,
intimidation or unlawful discrimination is unacceptable
and will not be tolerated.
This Policy is compliant with British and Welsh
Gymnastics and forms part of a wider framework for
progress, at city of Newport Gymnastic Academy.
Reviewed & updated 1 Apr 2013
1. The Academy coaching policy ensures that:
a. Gymnasts benefit from the expertise of the coaching
b. The coaches are given every opportunity to attend
courses to improve their coaching knowledge and given
and given the opportunity to take the next coaching
c. Gymnasts are not exploited to satisfy the ego of any
d. Coaches are fully supported by the Academy and are
e. Coaching courses and associated courses (judging
and first aid for example), are paid for by the
Academy, through Community chest grant support
but will require a ‘return of service of 2 years or a full
refund of the course or courses attended by the
3. Senior gymnasts (minimum age 13) will be
encouraged to undertake the Level 0 (sports leader
award) and anyone who expresses an interest will be
encouraged into their area of interest as a coach and/or
official, provided they can justifiably give a return of
service of two years.
4. All coaches hold a current enhanced DBS certificate
processed through BRITISH GYMNASTICS ONLY, prior
to teaching children gymnastics at CNGA. The Welfare
Officer will maintain a record of DBS references held by
the coaches. Anyone who refuses to be vetted, or who
does not have a vetting form, are not permitted to teach
at the Academy.
5. The Academy invites coaches of other gymnastic
clubs in UK to educate and share different methods and
techniques of teaching gymnastics.
6. Coaches are treated with dignity and respect at all
times and any personal issues will be treated with the
utmost confidentiality.
7. At least one coach present in the gym is First Aid
8. Coaches concentrate on their specific discipline in
gymnastics, but may be invited to teach children of
other groups/squads within the academy.
9. Coaches meetings are held ‘as and when’ to clarify
matters of the moment.
10. Social Networking. Coaches are not permitted to
include any gymnast under the age of 18 on their
facebook or any other social network site. This is
current with BG Policy. It may be worth noting that it is
illegal for a child under the age of 14 to have a facebook
account. Should any coach or registered volunteer
disregard this policy, they will be asked to leave the
Competition Squad
Children are individually selected for the competition
performance pathway and will enter the Women’s and
Men’s Artistic WAG & MAG) competitions and
tumbling competitions annually.
Class time: 4 hours
Warm Up and physical preparation programme - 1 hour
Apparatus skills 25 minute rotations (floor, vault,
rebound, loops, a bars, beam)
Break – 15 minutes
Developmental Stretching 10 minutes
Cool down & questioning – dispersal
Gymnasts will work towards a MACRO, MESO and
MICRO training cycle with competitive phase training
periods, active rest periods and total rest periods
annually. These schedules are devised by the senior
coaching team.
5, 6 & 7 Dev Squad
Class time: 2 hours (x 2 per week)
– 15 minutes
– 20 minutes
– 20 minutes
- 20 minutes
- 20 minutes
Warm up phase
Physical preparation
Rotation A – Vault skills
Rotation B – Bar skills
Rotation C – Beam skills
Rotation D – floor skills
- 20 minutes
Cool down & questioning - 5 minutes
Parental discussion (where necessary) & dispersal
Development Squad
8 in the year upwards
Children will continue to develop their gymnastic skills
and routines on all four Olympic apparatus in
preparation for competition including Welsh tumbling
All development squad gymnasts may enter the Academy
championships annually.
May be selected to represent the Academy during interclub competitions
Class time: 3 hours (x 3 per week)
Warm up phase
– 15 minutes
Physical preparation
– 10 minutes
Rotation A – Vault skills
– 20 minutes
Rotation B – Bar skills
- 20 minutes
Break – 10 minutes
Rotation C – Beam skills
- 20 minutes
Rotation D – floor skills
- 20 minutes
Cool down & questioning
- 5 minutes
Parental discussion (where necessary) & dispersal
Recreational Beginner Class
Basic beginner class gymnastics will include the
3 phase warm up (pulse raiser, stretch, body shaping)
British Gymnastic proficiency awards
basic shapes and skills on gymnastic apparatus (bars,
rings, balance beam, floor, vault, parallel bars)
Class time: 1 hour ( x 1 per week)
Fun Warm up
10 mins
Rotation A – Floor skills
10 mins
Rotation B – Vault skills
10 mins
Rotation C – Rebound skills
10 mins
Rotation D – Apparatus skills
10 mins
Cool Down & questioning
5 mins
Dispersal & parental discussions (where necessary) 5
Children achieve gymnastic skills at different paces and
cannot be placed into the next level class during a set time
frame. The senior coaches along with the sports leaders
and volunteer coaches will decide when gymnasts are
ready to advance to the next phase.
Recreational Improvers
Children will participate in academy displays for parents
Children will work towards the British Proficiency
These gymnasts could bridge with the Development
squad and enter novice agility competitions, preliminary
competitions, welsh novice tumbling championships
(depending on individual ability)
Children may enter the Academy championships
Class time: 2 hours
3 phase warm up (pulse raiser, stretch, body shaping)
Rotation A - Floor tumbling skills 15 minutes
Rotation B -Vaulting skills
15 minutes
Rotation C -Awards scheme
15 minutes
Break - 10 minutes
Rotation D - Team floor routine practice
15 minutes
Rotation E -Trampette routine practice
15 minutes
Whole group activity- floor area – physical preparation
15 minutes
Cool Down & questioning
10 minutes
Dispersal & parental discussion
5 -10 minutes
MA Dev Squad
Gymnasts will work towards a preparation programme
for Men’s Artistic Gymnastics within the Welsh regional
development structure
Class time: 2 hours ( x 2 per week)
Warm up
– 20 mins
Physical Preparation Programme (PPP) – 20 mins
Rotation A - Floor
– 20 mins
Rotation B - Mushroom – 20 mins
Break – 10 mins
Rotation C - Rings
- 20 mins
Cool down & questioning
- 5 mins
Parental discussion where necessary & dispersal 5 mins
Warm up
– 20 mins
Physical Preparation Programme (PPP) – 20 mins
Rotation A - Vault
– 20 mins
Rotation B - P Bars
– 20 mins
Break – 10 mins
Rotation C - H Bar
- 20 mins
Cool down & questioning
- 5 mins
Parental discussion where necessary & dispersal 5 mins
Recreational Gymnastics – City of Newport Gymnastic
Recreational gymnasts are integral to the continued
success of the Academy. The Academy ensures that
gymnasts enjoy a fulfilling and happy time throughout
their membership. The aim is for every child to reach
their fullest potential in gymnastics. Consequently, a
simple recreational development structure is included
that allows for progress and transition to more
advanced gymnastics.
However, unlike most sports gymnasts are selected
by mostly by ability not necessarily age. Some
gymnasts may remain recreational for the duration of
their time with our academy, but will make excellent
progress from where they started. Other gymnasts
will move swiftly from recreational to competitive,
depending on their ability. In our academy for
example we do have carefully selected 5, 6 & 7 year
old girls in our development squad, preparing for
regional competition/assessment.
Recreational Beginners
This can be any age gymnast who has limited
gymnastic ability and needs to develop their basic
gymnastic skills and confidence in a safe and
welcoming environment. During this stage we ensure
that all gymnasts improve their gross motor
development, strength, power, agility and flexibility
through a range of activities and exercises using all
Olympic gymnastic apparatus. There is no time limit
for the gymnasts to achieve these skills. As well as
improving physical development, we also aim to
improve personal attributes such as self discipline,
control, friendship, self-respect and respect for
British Gymnastics Proficiency Awards Scheme
This stage of progression is more of a sideways
development (add-on) for the beginner and is a rolling
programme for all recreational gymnasts. The British
Gymnastic proficiency awards are an excellent means
for progress and every gymnast will be given the
opportunity to achieve these awards through our
Recreational Improvers
Gymnasts who achieve a good standard of
recreational gymnastics may be selected for our
junior display team. We are particularly looking for
dynamic performers who have good rebound action.
Additionally (and most importantly) we are looking for
excellent discipline, communication and confidence
in public performance. We perform displays in and
around the city during the summer months and our
team must always be of the highest standards as they
represent the academy. There is a junior display
team and a senior air track display team. Recreational
gymnasts will be selected to join the junior display
group along with members of the development
squads initially, performing a simple 10 minute
trampette routine and/or air track routine.
Annual Academy Competition
The academy competition will involve selected
children from both the recreational and competition
group to compete in a low level contest against each
other to determine the academy champion. The
recreational group will not compete against the
competitive gymnasts. The competition will involve a
simple floor sequence and vault – based on the
current welsh tumble and vault competition.
Welsh novice tumble and novice agility competition
Children who perform well at the academy
competition may be asked to represent CNGA at
regional and national novice tumble and vault
competition, provided they meet the standard.
Academy Gymnastic
Selections and practice for internal academy
Practice for academy competition – selected
Non-selected gymnasts – badge practice
Academy Competition (before Easter)
Badge test and presentation
Selections for regional novice tumble competition
Badge practice
Badge test and presentation
Selections for Junior Display team
Junior displays
Junior displays
Badge test and presentation
Academy display practices
Club annual presentation
Christmas Party
Competitive Gymnasts City of Newport Gymnastic
The competitive pathways are defined in the Welsh
competition handbooks. The senior coaches will
select gymnasts who are suitably prepared for
competition and/or consideration for regional national
development squad trials. The selection is based on
attendance, physical preparation, consistency in
performance and the standard of their gymnastic
Competitions include:
Regional Novice/Intermediate artistic competition
WTC Regional, National, elite grades competition
Individual Challenge Cup apparatus competition
Welsh Floor and Vault competition
Welsh Tumbling (novice, intermediate, advanced)
Voluntary Age Group Championships
Welsh Championships
Internal Academy competition
South East Area Tumble and Vault
National Development Plan
Welsh tumbling (novice, intermediate, advanced)
Welsh Championships
Internal academy competition
Male and female gymnasts train exceptionally hard in
our academy and we always work towards perfection
in the basic skills prior to moving forward to the next
competition level. Cutting corners in gymnastics is
dangerous. Gymnasts are therefore carefully selected
for competition to represent the CNGA at regional and
national events. This may also include trials for
national squads, regional squads and the senior air
track display team.
Revised 1 May 2013
1. The rules and regulations set out in this document are
regularly reviewed by the Directors and are to be strictly
The health, safety and well-being of both
participants and coaching staff during lessons is paramount
to our Academy.
There is a ‘GYM RULES’ list for the
gymnasts which is displayed in the gym and also attached to
these rules and regulations.
Rule 1 - Register of Attendance
2. The Academy maintains a register of attendance of all
gymnasts and coaches at each lesson. The register will be
used should the premises need to be evacuated in an
emergency (Fire etc.).
Rule 2 - Arriving and Leaving the Gym
3. On arrival, for safety purposes all participants must be
brought into the building by their parent/carer. Under no
circumstances are any children regardless of age, allowed to
run from the car park to the building alone. Likewise,
gymnasts will not be allowed to leave unless accompanied
by a recognized adult. If parents wish to bring and collect
other participants other than their own, they should make
their intentions known to one of the coaching staff.
Rule 3 - Discipline and Behaviour
4. City of Newport Gymnastic Academy cannot tolerate
repeated misbehaviour.
The safety of the gymnasts is
imperative and children will be expected to behave decently
during their lesson adopting the ‘kind hands, kind words, kind
feet’ rules as they do at school Parents will be informed if
their child repeatedly misbehaves and disrupts the lesson for
others. We will always work with parents/carers and apply
positive strategies to help children who mis-behave. We do
not believe in suspending or excluding members; however
the Academy cannot accept children who are repeatedly a
danger to themselves and others. The Academy has the
right to notify the Governing Body and terminate the
membership of any member if necessary.
5. Bullying.
Bullying takes many forms – physical and
psychological. This includes cyber-bullying/trolling and will
not be tolerated.
The academy will apply the methods
described at paragraph 4. The academy is responsible for
the safe progression of gymnastics for each participant.
Bullying outside of the gym (including cyber-bullying) is a
parental issue and should be resolved outside of the
Academy. However we always do our very best to support
parents/carers in the best interest of the children and
coaching staff.
Rule 4 – Hygiene, Health and Safety
6. The general health and safety of the gymnast is a
collective responsibility of Coach, gymnast and parent/carer.
A DYNAMIC risk assessment of the gymnastic working area,
including apparatus, lighting, heating, structure, emergency
exits, first aid provision, changing room and toilet facilities is
carried out by the coaching staff using British Gymnastics
and local authority guidelines.
(1) Hygiene, Illness and Injury. From time to time even the
most careful of families suffer from contagious complaints,
which are easily spread. Gymnasts suffering from such
complaints should not attend gym lessons. Any gymnast
arriving at the gym with a contagious complaint will be asked
to sit out of the lesson.
(2) Dress Code. The following dress code applies to
City of Newport Gymnastic Academy:
Recreational gymnasts should wear academy T-shirt and
shorts – preferably cycle shorts. (t-shirt tucked in) and
work in bare feet. Items not permitted include jeans,
trouser shorts, strappy tops, crop tops, swimming
costumes and baggy tops.
Competition gymnasts (including Preparation Squad)
should wear academy training leotards – hair neatly tied
back off the face (no hard plastic headbands) cycle shorts
(optional) bare feet
Jewellery and Grooming - Necklaces, rings or
bangles should never be worn during a gymnastic lesson,
since they may distract the vision of the gymnast and
could cause a serious accident to the individual or coach
during a supporting technique. Stud Earrings are
acceptable provided they are covered with tape by the
parent/carer prior to the participant entering the gym. Any
hooped or dangle type earrings are strictly prohibited.
Children will be asked to sit out of the lesson if they do not
follow these rules.
Hair. All long hair must be neatly tied back off the face.
Hard plastic headbands are not permitted as they
sometimes ‘fling’ off during gymnastics and can cause an
Safety – Use of the toilets. Our volunteers will
assist in taking the younger children to the toilets during
lessons. Ideally parents/carers are asked to take their
children (shoes on) to the toilet before the lesson starts.
In any case, younger gymnasts will always go with a
partner to the toilet.
Arriving and Leaving the Gym – All children must be
accompanied by a parent/carer into the gym building and
from the gym building to the car park.
Under no
circumstances will children be allowed to run out to the car
park to meet their parents. Please remember parents we
are only applying the highest of professional standards
and duty of care for your children.
(d) Access to the working area. This is only for gymnasts.
Parents will be invited to view their child’s progress
once a month. A small balcony above the changing
rooms is currently under construction and will allow for
a small group to view their child’s gym lessons.
However, the academy would prefer once a month
viewing by parents to avoid gymnasts being distracted
during lessons.
(e) Photography – British Gymnastics have set clear
guidelines to photography during gymnastic events
and training.
no circumstances are
parent/carers allowed to photograph any gymnastics
activity within the academy. There are occasions
throughout the year when gymnasts may be
photographed, including the annual presentation.
However under no circumstances are parents allowed
to photograph gymnasts other than their own without
the express permission of their parents. Photographs
for the purpose of display notice boards, academy
web site, handbook or for the local press may only
be taken by the gymnast’s parent or coach with
the parent’s permission.
(f) Social Networking Sites. There are strict rules within
British Gymnastics regarding social networking sites
and child protection. Under no circumstances will the
academy allow photography, information or material
about the academy to be publicly displayed on any
social network site without the permission of the
directors of the academy. The Academy will pursue
legal action should any material appear on the internet
without the approval of the academy. We operate a
zero tolerance with regard to this rule. Furthermore,
any person – parent/coach/gymnast found putting
derogatory comments on a social networking site
about another gymnast or coach or parent from
another club will receive a letter from the Welfare
Officer and be asked to leave the academy. Please
note that this also could lead to prosecution and legal
(g) Dress Code – Coaches. All coaches of CNGA are to
wear the following clothing when teaching gymnasts in
the Club: Tracksuit bottoms, t- shirt or polo shirt. No
jewellery (ie: earrings, watches, necklaces, bracelets)
are to be worn. Wedding rings may be covered or
taken off.
Coaches are not to wear clothing that could be misconstrued as offensive by parents, other coaches or
Rule 5 - First Aid
First aid will be administered to an ill or injured
participant, coach or visitor to the academy and the
correct emergency first aid will be applied. The Academy
will maintain an accident book (by law) and an up to date
First Aid Kit appropriate to the sport of gymnastics.
Additionally, the gym staff will apply a duty of care and
first aid treatment to anyone in the building should the
need arise.
Rule 6 – Drug abuse and Crime
8. Drug Abuse. All members participating in competition
over the age of 12 may be subjected to a test for illegal
substances within the list of prohibited drugs prepared and
published by the Federation of International Gymnastics
(FIG). All gymnasts will abstain from the use of any and all
drugs included in the list together with chemically and
pharmacologically related compounds.
All gymnasts will
abstain from the practice known as ‘blood doping’. (Blood
doping is defined by WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) as
the misuse of techniques and/or substances to increases
ones red blood cell count. Most commonly this involves the
removal of two units (approximately 2 pints!) of the athletes
blood several weeks prior to competition. The blood is then
frozen until 1-2 days before the competition, when it is
thawed and injected back into the athlete. This is known as
autologous blood doping. Homologous doping is the injection
of fresh blood, removed from a second person, straight into
the athlete).
9. Crime. Any participant or coach convicted of a criminal
offence and considered a danger to the sport of gymnastics
may be expelled from the sport by the National Governing
Body. British Gymnastics Ethics and Welfare Department
will take appropriate action to ensure that all gymnastic
clubs/academies are protected from such persons.
10. Coaches. All coaches will follow the coaching policy of
the academy. Gymnasts (age 13) will be encourage to take
a level 0 award in coaching and senior gymnasts (age 16)
will be encourage to take a level 1 coaching course. All
coaches will be given every encouragement to further their
skills to the next level.
Volunteers/parents will also be
afforded the same opportunities.
We are an inclusive
Academy with and strongly advocate the Long Term Athlete
Development structure.
British Gymnastics
Lilleshall National Sports Centre
Nr Newport Shropshire
TF10 9NB
Telephone: 01952 820330
Fax: 01952 820 621
E-mail: [email protected]
Text phone: 0800 783 798
Welsh Gymnastics
Sport Wales National Centre
Sofia Gardens
Cardiff CF11 9SW
Tel: 0845 045 4304
E mail: [email protected]
City Of Newport Gymnastic
Academy Limited
Telephone: 01633 270738
Marcel Marenghi Tina Marenghi
Trudi Foster Mike Hackwood
Welfare Officer
Trudi Foster