Frequently Asked Questions
See below a list of our most frequently asked questions. Here, you can see further information about enrolment, making payments, competitions and more. If you don’t find the answer you’re looking for you can submit your question using the enquiry form to the right.
How old does my child need to be to join a gymnastics class?
We offer recreational gymnastics classes for children as young as 8 weeks, pre-school classes are offered for children from crawling to up to age 4 years. General gymnastics begin for those aged 4 up to the age of 18. Competitive disciplines are offered to those aged 5-18.
What do gymnasts need to wear?
For recreational disciplines, participants should dress appropriately for physical activity, shorts, leotard and t-shirt are perfect, leggings and tracksuit bottoms are also acceptable. Denim, dresses and skirts are not appropriate as they can be restrictive to movement and get caught up in equipment. Please ensure that long hair is tied back, with no hard hair bands. No jewellery is allowed. All gymnasts must have bare feet (no socks) to ensure that the risk of slipping is minimised. For competitive disciplines, gymnasts are required to purchase a club tracksuit, more details can be found on our club uniform pages here.
What are the benefits of gymnastics?
Gymnastics works virtually every muscle in the body and is a great way to stay in shape and learn new skills, beyond that though it is a great way to develop physically and socially whilst having lots of fun. Gymnastics is an excellent sport for both boys and girls that develop strength, co-ordination, self confidence and body awareness- skills for life.
Do gymnasts need previous experience?
No previous experience is required for our recreational classes and your child can start at any age and coaches can adapt the skills. In competitive gymnastics, gymnasts are enrolled based on previous experience and skills through selection and trial or a place offer through progression.
What are the term dates?
How long does a term last?
Depending on which term your child joins, these can last anything between 8 and 12 weeks.
Do I need to stay with my child?
We operate an open philosophy and welcome the support of parents or guardians. Wherever possible we will allow you to observe training sessions if you wish and strongly value and encourage parental involvement in the club. If your child has additional support needs, some sessions will require the support from parents to assist the coach. Parent/carer involved classes (Fun4baby Gymnastics, Pre-school Gymnastics and Disability Gymnastics) require you to be present throughout the session.
Do I need to book?
Children must be enrolled for all classes. All participants are required to register for the class in advance of a term with advance payment each term. Priority registration is available to those currently enrolled. Thereafter spaces left in classes will be filled from children on the waiting list / opened up to the general public. To secure your child’s place in the class, please book in advance to avoid any disappointment. Details of how to enrol can be found here.
What if I think my child is too advanced for their class?
Our gymnasts are initially placed into their groups by age and are continuously assessed throughout the term. Lead Coaches regularly monitor the progress of all participants, with regular parental feedback, discussions will take place if any need to be moved up – this will be communicated to you as soon as possible. We will offer our recommendations which have been made by experienced Lead Coaches. The Coaches recommendations should be taken on board and their feedback should be the deciding factor on whether your child should move classes. Progression is at the discretion of the Lead Coach.
My child has a disability, can they join?
Gymnastics is an inclusive sports, in line with the British Gymnastics ‘I’m in’ campaign we offer a gymnastics and trampolining programme available to all. Click here for more details on recreational disability gymnastics.
How much does it cost?
What is British Gymnastics membership?
British Gymnastics is the governing body of all gymnastics, trampolining and tumbling activities in Britain. British Gymnastics membership is a pre-requisite of taking part in these activities here at City of Lancaster, as well as all other registered clubs in the country.
There are three different levels of membership available depending on how your child currently take part in gymnastics – Bronze Pre-School Membership, Bronze Membership and Silver Membership.
For details of these tariffs, please click the link here: British Gymnastics Fees
How long is the waiting list?
Some of our classes have waiting lists that vary in length. Once you have registered for a waiting list, we will be in contact with you as soon as a space becomes available. Waiting times are difficult to predict, as we have to wait for members to either leave, or move up a group and we can’t predict when this will happen. To sign-up to the waiting list please find out how to best to contact us here.
Do you take part in competitions/shows?
Our competitive gymnasts compete in international, national, regional and local competitions and festivals. Recreational gymnastics are invited to compete in optional club competition. The City of Lancaster demonstrates annual progression with a plethora of entertainment from all gymnastics in a display performance every year.
Are gymnasts tested/graded?
How can I find the right class for my child?
Are your classes insured?
All City of Lancaster Gymnastics Club sessions carry public liability & indemnity insurance.
Are your coaches qualified?
Yes, our coaches are qualified British Gymnastics coaches. They are DBS checked. We always have a trained First Aider present at the venue.
What if a class is cancelled/changed?
We hope to keep you up to date with your children’s gymnastics activities by Parent Mail. We will try to keep programme and date changes to a minimum.
What do I do if I need to speak to someone about child welfare?
City of Lancaster Gymnastics & Trampolining Club has adopted the British Gymnastics Safeguarding and Protecting Children’s Policy. We hope parents will help us maintain a safe and friendly environment at sessions. Lynn Jackson and Karen Liver are the nominated Welfare Officer Team at The City of Lancaster Gymnastics Club. They are contactable by email to email@example.com. More details regard child protection and welfare are available here.
How do I find out the latest competition results?
Who do I contact regarding fees, payments and invoice enquiries?
Marie Gardner and Lynne Pearson deal with the administration of invoices and payments. any queries in regards to fees, administration and payments should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org