Welcome to the City of Newport Gymnastics Academy web site. You will find up to date information about our Academy by clicking our LATEST NEWS icon and be able to contact us by clicking on the CONTACT icon at the top right hand corner of this web page.
We are a friendly and successful British & Welsh Gymnastics registered academy, and operate as a Limited Company not-for-profit business. There are many Disciplines within the British Gymnastics organisation and we specialize in Women's Artistic and Men’s Artistic Gymnastics. To put this into perspective, it is the gymnastics that Olympic gymnasts Max Whitlock, Louis Smith and Any Tinkler (gold, silver and bronze medallists at the RIO Olympics 2016) perform. This includes 6 Olympic apparatus for men - floor, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars and horizontal bar and 4 Olympic apparatus for women – Vault, Asymmetric bars, balance beam and floor exercise to music. We also include general gymnastics for children and adults including trampette and air track display team and the Welsh and British proficiency award schemes. We have a motto ‘pathway to performance gymnastics’. What this means is that we give everyone the opportunity to realise their full potential in gymnastics and guide them in the right direction to achieve their goals and aspirations.
Our facility is equipped with all the Olympic apparatus including a competition sprung floor. We cater for all abilities and our membership is in excess of 380 members. We cater for all abilities and our membership is in excess of 380 members. We have a support team of 7 coaches 4 volunteers and 5 qualified sports leaders. The Academy operates Monday to Friday during late afternoon/early evening. The timetable of classes can be seen by clicking on the TIMETABLE link at the top of this web page. The current start age for gymnasts is 4 years however they must be in full time education (Reception class in school). The Academy is very popular and has a healthy recreational and competition group membership with a relatively small waiting list.
Gymnasts are given every opportunity to fulfil their maximum potential. Girls classes are structured according to their age in the year and hence we have a 5 in the year class, 6 in the year class and 7 in the year class (our timetable will show exactly when these classes take place). These girls will initially work for 1 hour a week. Those with potential are selected to train with the preparation competition group for 4 hours a week. Girls who will be 8 in the year and upwards will start in a different recreational group and train for two hours a week. Girls who show exceptional ability will be invited to train with the competition squad. Normally girls will progress from the preparation competition group to the competition group, but it is possible to progress from the recreational group to competition. Boys in the infant school age category will train for 1 hour per week and progress to 2 hours a week when they start juniors at school. However boys with exceptional ability may be invited to join the competition group and train 9 hours per week.
Competitive gymnasts are carefully selected and work exceptionally hard at the Academy. Some gymnasts are selected to join a ‘passport’ group and can work up to 20 hours per week whilst other competitive gymnasts will work 9 hours per week. All competitive gymnasts represent the Academy at Welsh competitions during the year provided they meet the necessary standard. All our squad gymnasts are given realistic short medium and long term targets and the parents of squad gymnasts are kept fully aware of their progress. Our improver gymnasts are also given opportunities to compete at Preliminary, novice and gymspire events each year. The Academy also hosts an annual championships and includes all members to have a go at a competition, although there is no pressure if a gymnast wishes to participate only and not compete. We have enjoyed several successes with our competitive gymnasts over the past 10 years including Welsh gold, silver and bronze positions both team and individual, at tumbling and artistic competitions. We are proud of our track record and are always striving to achieve higher standards. Although we are not tumbling specialists, we include tumbling as part of the gymnast’s development in Artistic Gymnastics. Gymnasts who show exceptional talent are taken for Welsh Squad trials and guided towards training with the national coaching team.
As previously mentioned, the academy will hold a presentation afternoon on Saturday 6th May 2017 for parents, relatives to come along and watch their children. The times and classes will be as follows: 2pm to 3pm – All Butterfly, Sparkle and Diamond group gymnasts. All beginner boys (Friday class). 4pm to 6pm – All improver [...]