How long is the waiting list?
This varies from class to class. Generally there is not a waiting list for the Pre-School sessions but there is for most of the school-aged classes. Vacancies in these classes only occur when a member leaves the club but, as existing members are always accommodated where a change of class is required when moving through the age bands, the classes are often oversubscribed and it is not always possible to offer that space to children on the waiting list.
How do I catch up a missed session?
Sessions missed either through a club holiday closure or due to a members own holiday or sickness can be made up by attending an alternative session This must be done during the same term although we do permit one ‘catch up’ to be carried forward to the following term. For session times please visit our Classes page and choose a session.
When should my child move from a Parent and Toddler class to Gym Tots?
Children can move to the unaccompanied class from the age of 3 ¼ onwards, please speak to your group coach who will be able to advise you.
What happens when my child goes to school and no longer can attend their Gym Tots class?
Children who will be starting full-time school and are intending to continue as a member of Exeter Gymnastics Club will be encouraged to move to a school-aged class with effect from Term 4. This will enable them to transition to their new session during the school holidays. The school-aged sessions are as follows: For girls Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Saturday from 4-4.45pm or on Saturday from 10-11am, For boys – Tuesday or Thursday from 4-4.45pm or on Saturday from 10-11am. When the term renewal is emailed for Term 4in June, parents are asked for their preferred choice of session and we will endeavour to accommodate it where possible.
What is Badge Testing?
Badge Testing is an optional extra, available to all Exeter Gymnastics Club school-aged members who wish to be tested for a badge in the British Gymnastics Award Scheme. The Proficiency Badges are worked in the order of 8-1 and then are followed by the Advanced Proficiency Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards. Skills for the badges are worked on in the sessions and will be familiar to the children who be able to demonstrate 6 out of 10 skills to pass. The testing sessions are held in each school half term holidays and a slot can be booked by visiting the ‘Payment – Optional extra’ section of your LoveAdmin account.
How do I get feedback on my child’s progress in gymnastics?
Although we do not have a regular formal reporting system, group coaches are more than happy to have a quick chat regarding your child and their progress. For a more in-depth meeting, you are welcome to book a ‘Parents forum’ – please email to request and arrange a suitable time to meet.
Are there any additional activities held during school holidays?
Exeter Club Improver Courses are held in all school half term holidays and are a great fun way to develop performance in gymnastics. Both Club members and non- members may attend the courses and their ability level will be accommodated in the training programme. The aim of all courses is to improve personal performance levels with an enjoyable and challenging programme. The courses can be booked via Loveadmin.
Are recreational members eligible for competitions?
School aged recreational general gymnasts are invited to compete in the annual club competition which is held once a year, generally in February or March. The routines for the competition are taught during the weekly sessions leading up to the event and can also be found from the Downloads dropdown in the main menu section on our website. To enter, members must sign up via their LoveAdmin account and will be reminded of the impending competition in the term renewal email.
Some recreational members may also be invited to represent Exeter Gymnastics Club in the English Riviera, Teign View and Exeter Challenge competitions. These competitions are by selection only and an email will be sent to those members that we feel will be capable of the challenge of competing against other clubs in Devon.
How does my child ‘get into squad’?
Members can only join the competitive side of Exeter Gymnastics Club, by invitation.
This is usually via a trial system or by being spotted as a potential talent in their recreational class.
The attributes required for competitive gymnastics are quite complex, and, although a child may appear to have all the physical requirements, sometimes the desire to repeat skills over and over is absent and therefore consolidation of learning will be difficult. Equally a child may have a fantastic work ethic and desire to learn but physically may find competitive gymnastics too challenging. We hope that parents will have faith in our experience and knowledge, in knowing which members should transfer to the competitive side of the club and which will have more fun remaining on a recreational journey in the sport.