Development & Squads

Development

Both male and female gymnasts are selected from our Gym for all groups to join our development groups. These gymnasts train 2-4hrs a week. In this group the gymnasts have their first taste of conditioning while still improving their basic gymnastic skills. They are constantly assessed and gymnasts who are old enough to compete are offered a place in one of our squad groups.

County Squad

County Squad members are both male and female gymnasts who train between two – six hours a week. Our structure comes under the General Gymnastics banner of British gymnastics. However, we still train/compete on the main gymnastic apparatus (For girls – Uneven Bars / Beam / Floor / Vault; for boys – Parallel Bars / High Bar / Floor / Vault. They compete a least twice a year at the Bucks county competition against gymnasts from all over the Buckinghamshire County. After the competitions the gymnasts are presented with their county colour rosettes.

Women’s Artistic Squad

One moment you’re upside down, spinning around a bar metres off the ground. The next you’re demonstrating perfect balance, somersaulting along a beam no wider than the length of an iphone. This squad is for female gymnasts only. They train a 8/9hrs  a week. Gymnasts in this squad compete at county and regional level.

Acrobatic Squad

The music swells. You climb onto your partner’s shoulders and take a deep breath. The next thing you know you’re flying through the air, spinning and twisting. You can almost feel the crowd gasp… Acrobatic gymnastics is all about working as a team to pull off the most spectacular balances and throws. By learning as a pair or group, you can have a lot of fun developing your skills, strength and co-ordination. What better way to release your inner performer? This squad is for both male & female gymnasts; they work on floor only and train 6hrs+ a week. They compete at county, regional and national level.

Tumbling Squad

You’re thundering down the runway, launching into your fifth backflip in a row. For a moment it feels like the whole world is rotating around you. Then it’s over. Tumbling is a truly breath-taking type of gymnastics. It’s all about somersaults, flips and twists – and linking them together, one right after the other. This squad is for both male & female gymnasts who train 4hrs+ a week. They compete at county, regional and national level. In 2014 MK Springers were very proud to have Louise Jones become British Champion tumbler.

 

Gymnasts training in a Squad group are only allowed to train with 1 club (if a gymnast is found to be training at 2 clubs they will be asked to leave our club)

SQUAD ATTIRE

No earrings allowed  – if gymnasts get their ears pierced they CANNOT train until they can take them out.

Attire – all squad gymnasts should train in a leotard, girls may also wear leggings or shorts / boys should wear shorts or training stirrups (trousers). Crop tops are only permitted on very hot summer days i.e 28deg plus

Hair – Long hair must be neat and tidy. Please have it tied up in a plait / bun or something similar. Long hair can get caught on apparatus and can be very distracting if in their face.