Monday, 27 April 2015

Hampshire County Conditioning League - Round 1

A big well done to Daisy, Charlotte, Amy, Holly, Maddie and Molly who all did very well on Saturday in Round 1 of this year's Conditioning League.

Most of the clubs we are competing against have their own fully equipped gyms and the gymnasts train 16 -20 hours a week.  At least one session a week will be spent just doing conditioning.

The main aim for Aspire is to try and win the trophy for the "Most Improved Club". Each of you is trying to do a bit better every time to get more and more points for Aspire.
The team did much better than Aspire has done before. This year there are 2 fewer activities so it is hard to compare the points with previous years but Aspire is usually last so we have moved up a place.

Keep working on the routines for Bars and R&C, also speed up on the running, practice rebound, long jump and leg lifts.

Well done girls :-)

Friday, 13 March 2015

Gymnasts of the month - February

Because of their outstanding forbearance at the Grades on March 1st the gymnasts of the month are all from Squad.
Molly, in the middle, Lara, left and Amelia​, right
For exemplary team spirit. They always represent the club in the best possible way. They do their best, support and encourage other team members and put everyone else before themselves. They are an excellent example of the spirit and ethos we want at Aspire. They make a magnificent contribution to creating a close, friendly and supportive club.

Monday, 2 March 2015

Newest member of the coaching team

Welcome to Izzy
Isabella has joined the coaching team as a Young Leader volunteer. She will be helping at the Saturday Rec and Froglets classes. 
She cannot attend a coaching course before her 14th birthday which is in May. She has booked a course in the summer. 
She has been a gymnast with Aspire and as a Young Leader already attended judging courses, conferences and helped at Regional events. 
She is valuable member of the club. 



Sunday 1st March,2015

All six gymnasts we took to do grade 6 passed. 
Two gymnasts were "in age" that is, as young as they are allowed to be, to enter. The Club has never entered gymnasts "in age" before. Considering how little time they have for training each week that is a huge achievement. 
Two gymnasts gained Commended, that's a first for the club as well.

However the most impressive thing was that the 3 gymnasts who had entered Grade 5 but narrowly missed getting a pass mark, did not seek the comfort of their families in their severe disappointment but bravely choose to attended the Celebration Ceremony to support the club members who did pass.
 I cannot think of words to describe these magnificent girls and Aspire is extremely lucky to have them as club members. They are a credit to their families and make Aspire the friendly club that it is. Thank you.


Congratulations to Kirsty our newest qualified coach. She had passed the British Gymnastics Core Proficiency Award. She will be putting everything she learnt into use immediately, as this is the term all the gymnasts try to gain BG badges.

Along with Jessa Bane, Kirsty also attended an introductory course on judging Floor & Vault. Every club needs judges as without them we cannot enter gymnasts for competitions. So well done and a big thank you from the club for giving your time to attend the course. 

 Jessa only joined the Teen Gym class in January and has immediately attended this course and has shown an interest in others. She has asked about helping to coach as well. Aspire is so pleased to have her in the club.

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

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Bouncy Castle

 Our next event will be the Bouncy Castle Party on Friday 13th February.  Open to all Aspire Members plus family and friends. Numbers are limited to 40 in each session, for safety reasons so be sure to keep the date free. 

Tickets on sale 
Friday 30th January & 6th February at 7.00pm 
and Saturday 31st January & 7th February at 11.30 am In the corridor outside the hall.
              £2.00 for Aspire club Members (those with  blue water bottles)
              £3.00 for all family & friends
 Children will be supervised by Aspire coaches

Session 1.  4.30 - 5.15 pm  for Pre-school to year 2 children. 
                                         The smallest Castle will be kept for under 5's 
Session  2.  5.30- 6.15pm   for children Year 3 and above
                                        One castle will be set aside for 11+ children if necessary 

Light refreshments will be on sale. Please volunteer to help.

Children should wear clothing to cover arms and legs including wearing socks on their feet.

Thanks to our fundraising efforts the club is about to purchase the long awaited Air Track. 

Now we need £3000 to buy a new set of Bars. Fox Gymnastics Club have kindly lent us a set for over 2 years! 

Monday, 5 January 2015

Pat on the back & thank you everyone

I wanted to thank everyone who helps the club to have a super reputation.

 It is Jo's aim that Aspire should be known as the friendliest club around.

 Although  this little girl is not joining Aspire no one could have done more to impress the family.

 I received this email today. Feel very proud!!

Hi Gil,

I just wanted to drop you an email to say we have finally made a decision regarding where she will be doing her gymnastics this term................ She will move to Foxes at Easter. 

We both absolutely loved your club, the girls were so friendly as were the coaches.  It is by far the nicest, most welcoming club we looked at and it seemed so organised as well which was a lovely change. If we had lived closer and I hadn't hated the thought of an 8.30 start on a Sat morning we would have been over like a shot.

We look forward to seeing to you all at any future competitions.

Please pass on our thanks to the lovely Jo.

J...... x