Men's artistic


Communication from the Board - GFA Organisational Changes

Categories // Gymnastics For All, Men's artistic, Women's artistic

We are writing to inform you that Jack Duggan will be leaving NGA and as a result share with you some organisational changes. 

We would like to take a moment first though to thank Jack for his creative ideas & hard work since joining us. He has successfully helped us to grow our GFA disciplineenabling access to the sport for many new participants as well as launching our in-house GFA competition and tireless work behind the scenes. We wish him all the best in his future endeavours.

We have been working to recruit for a new Head of Gymnastics For All and we are delighted to announce that Fern Ravnkilde has been successfully appointed to the position. Many of you will already know Fern from her great work as Assistant  Head and we are confident that she will transition naturally into her new role.

In the coming weeks we will therefore be  seeking a new Assistant Head, but in the meantime we are pleased to be continuing to add to our growing talent of GFA coaches, with the arrival of Laurence Bow and Susannah Watts. Laurence and Susannah join us with a wealth of experiences and we would like to formally welcome them both to NGA.

Our GFA discipline will continue operating as usual and whilst gymnastsmain coaches are the first port of call for any communication, Fern can now be contacted as the Head of GFA, should parents need to liaise with her. 


Notts boys take 19 regional titles at East Midlands Championships

Categories // Men's artistic

On sunday 30th april, over 20 boys from within the boys squad travelled to leicester for the east midlands championships. In what was a hugely successful competition for the boys, they claimed a total of 19 regional titles as well as many other medals!

The first session of the day saw our under 10's and under 11's compete. In the u10 age group, we had 4 boys that all put in good composed performances. Alfie bull came in 17th place, james norman came 16th, oscar sampson came 13th and lucas booth-clibborn came 20th place. A big well done to all the boys on their performances.

The u11's started their competition on sunday morning and showed some good routines to achieve some respectable results. Charlie gardner competed on 4 pieces of apparatus due to an injury and managed 24th place. Kaydon kennedy achieved a very good 9th place overall and his highlight of the competition was a 3rd place finish on pommel, louis o'keefe showed big improvements to finish in 12th place. Jack reyes had a good clean comp to finish in 13th place. Ethan norris had a consistent competition and managed 20th place. Last of all, kian keogh had a fine competition to finish 2nd overall, just 0.2 off overall gold, he also managed a 3rd on pommels and p bars. Big improvements from the boys in mature performances.

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We had 2 gymnasts in the u8 age group and they stole the show completely! phoenix frost had a fantastic competition and managed to come away with 6 out of 7 gold medals! he won the gold in the overall, pommel, rings, vault, p bars and high bar, and also got 2nd on floor! well done phoenix on a fantastic performance. Jude irons also competed and in what was his first competition for notts, he performed exceptionally well! he managed 2nd overall, and also 2nd on p bars and high bar, 3rd on rings and vault and he got a well deserved gold meal on the floor! well done to both boys on amazing competitions.

In the under 9 age group, we had 9 boys competing in a very competitive age group. Zakaine fawzi-mccaffrey came 6th overall, and managed a fantastic 3rd on rings. Alfie heard put on a composed performance to finish 8th overall. Noah farnsworth had a superb day and came away with 3rd in the overall competition! as well as that he managed 2 excellent golds on floor and rings and also a 3rd place finish on high bar! well done noah! callum haywood had a great competition and managed a 11th place overall finish. Marty jackson had a good clean competition to finish 5th overall and also took the gold medals on his best apparatus, the floor and vault. Lucas bowen put in a great competition to take 4th overall place, he also managed 3rd on pommel and 2nd on rings, with his highlight of the day being a gold medal performance on the parallel bars! elliott bishop did fantastic and managed a 15th place overall. Jack harrington also did great and came 18th overall,and the final gymnast of the day was william borrington who managed a great 22nd place overall. Well done to all the boys in a large and competitive age group!

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In the first under 12 competition, which as the boys competing on all pieces and doing shiny high bar, we had 3 gymnasts competing. Harry clarke did a very consistent job to finish 5th overall and also managed to achieve 3rd on vault and high bar. Harry norman competed very well to achieve 4th overall! with a 3rd place finish on pommel being brilliant for him. Quentin peberdy had a fantastic competition and managed a 7th place overall! 

In the second under 12 competition, which was for gymnasts competing on the full fig chalk bar, we had alex yolshina-cash competing. He managed to have a very good competition and finish 2nd overall. He also won the silver medal on pommel and high bar and won a gold medal on vault! well done to alex on a great performance!

In the u14 competition we had two liam's! jury and parkes competing. Liam parkes was in one of his first 6 piece competitions and he managed a very respectable 12th place overall. Liam jury had a superb competition and managed to win the gold medal in the overall and also floor, pommel, vault, p bars and high bar, with his only non gold coming on rings! well done to both liam's on great performances! 

We had two gymnasts in the u16 age group. Unfortunately oliver kettleborough aggravated a small injury so only managed 1 piece of apparatus, and finished 9th overall. Sam plant had a good competition and finished in 5th overall, also winning the silver medal on parallel bars and the gold medal on floor!!! 

In the over 16 age group, we had daniel bailey competing! daniel had a great competition and managed to come 5th overall! he also won two medals with 3rd places finishes on both floor and vault!

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Well done to all the boys who competed with great performances and where a credit to the club and coaches.




Oliver shines at British Disability Masters Finals!

Categories // Men's artistic

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On Sunday 26th March, NGA had one representative in the British Disability Masters competition at the Echo Arena, competing alongside the women senior apparatus finals and men’s Masters finals. Due to strong performances in previous competitions, Oliver Kettleborough qualified for 4 pieces of apparatus. Starting on rings, Oliver put in a great showing to win the silver medal. On vault, Oliver was competing his tucked Tsukahara for the first time and produced a fantastic vault, unfortunately, just having a bit too much rotation and led to a fall.  However, his confidence was not affected and performed a well executed second vault to clinch the silver medal. Moving onto High Bar, his least favourite piece, Oliver competed superbly to win the bronze medal. Finally, competing on the Floor, he produced a great routine with some exciting tumbling to pick up his third silver medal of the day. He came away with four medals which is a fantastic achievement, made even more special by the fact he is still a junior at 14 and was at least three years younger than any of the other competitors! Well done Oliver on your excellent debut performance in the Disability Masters Finals!

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Notts boys claim 3 British Championship titles!

Categories // Men's artistic

Between Friday 23rd and Sunday 26th April, Britains top gymnasts came together at the Echo Arena in Liverpool for the 2017 British Championships. Friday evening saw Notts first MAG gymnasts of the weekend with Matt Boardman and Conor McGrath competing in the under 16 category. Conor was competing on 4 apparatus due to a minor injury but put together a very confident and composed set of routines to have a clean competition. His highlight of the day was an outstanding 4th place on the pommel horse with a brilliant routine, narrowly missing out on 3rd place by 0.05. Matt started on the pommel horse and despite a couple of uncharacteristic mistakes on Parallel Bars and High Bar, he managed to claim 4th place in the All-Around! An outstanding achievement for Matt. As well as his all around placing, Matt produced a stunning floor routine to become the 2017 Under 16 Men's Floor champion, a superb result which also helped him gain a spot in the prestigious Masters floor final on the Sunday! Massive well done to Matt and Conor for a brilliant competition! 

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The Saturday morning competition was the under 18 competition which saw Thomas Morley competing on two pieces of apparatus, the Floor and Vault. Tom showed a strong, clean floor routine to earn 10th place in a strong field. He also managed to compete two clean vaults which earns him 8th place on this apparatus. A huge well done to Tom for another great competition.

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The senior competition took place on Saturday afternoon and saw Sam Oldham and Andy Smith compete for NGA. Sam produced some superb routines across the six apparatus and despite a couple of mistakes, managed to secure 4th place in the Senior All-Around! Sam also managed to clinch the bronze medal on the Pommel horse with a difficult routine! His highlight of the day however was a classy performance on the Parallel Bars to take home the gold medal on this apparatus and the British title! the performance also meant he qualified for both the Pommel and Parallel Bars Masters finals. He also qualified for the Rings Masters but withdrew due to a minor injury. Andy Smith was competing on two apparatus in the Senior competition. He produced great, clean routines on both pieces, also earning a spot in the Men's Masters floor final!

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Sunday saw the greatly anticipated Masters finals in front of a sell out crowd. The Masters finals are individual apparatus finals which take the top 8 gymnast on each piece from across the Under 16, Under 18 and the Senior age groups. The floor final was up first which featured Matt Boardman and Andy Smith. Matt was the youngest gymnast in the event and showed real maturity under pressure to produce a nice clean routine which earned him 4th place, a fantastic achievement for this young man. Andy took to the floor and produced a majestic performance with lots of difficulty and impeccable execution to win gold and claim the title of 2017 Men's Masters floor Champion! An excellent achievement for Andy and great preparation for him as he sets his sights on the European Championships in April! The pommel final saw Sam Oldham step up against Britains best on the Pommel. An uncharacteristic error unfortunately led to a fall for Sam who came away in 8th place. Competing also in the Parallel Bars Masters final, Sam produced a superb routine but ultimately fell on his final move, the dismount, but still managed to come away with 4th place.

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A huge well done to of the Notts boys that competed across the weekend with superb performances and results throughout.


Brilliant day for Notts boys at North West Open Championships!

Categories // Men's artistic

This past weekend saw a number of our men's artistic squad travel to the Robin Park arena in Wigan for the North West Open competition, the first 6 piece competition of the year for the boys. In the morning session we had 10 boys representing NGA in the under 10 category. In a strong age group, we managed to place 5th and 6th respectively in the team competition. The team of Niall Storer, Oscar Sampson, Zakaine Fawzi-McCaffrey, Lucas Bowen and Alfie Heard finishing 5th, and the team of James Norman, Noah Farnsworth, Callum Haywood, Marty Jackson and Phoenix Frost finishing 6th. To add to the team results, Zakaine had a very strong competition finishing 8th all around, he also managed a 5th place on P Bars and an excellent 2nd place on Pommel! Marty Jackson came away with our first gold medal of the day with a brilliantly performed Vault! 

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Onto the afternoon competition which saw our older boys compete. In the u12 age group, some good performances saw the team of Alex Yolshina-Cash, Colbi Curtis, Harry Clarke, Leo Hoggard and Harry Norman come away with 3rd place in the team competition! Alex also managed 5th place in the all around, and also 6th on floor and 5th on the high bar, he also came away with 3rd place on pommel. On the vault, both Alex and Harry Clarke got joint 5th place with two well performed vaults. We had Liam Jury representing us in the u14 competition, Liam only performed on 4 pieces due to injury but he managed to come away with an excellent 3rd place on the P bars, and also 6th on pommel and 4th on high bar. 

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NW U12 Team

On to the u16 competition and the two man team of Matt Boardman and Conor McGrath had a fantastic completion and managed to win the Team Gold! Adding to that, Matt had a flawless competition winning the All-Around Gold, and also winning 5 of the 6 apparatus as well, he came away with gold on Floor, pommel, rings, p bars and high bar, and also 2nd place on Vault. Conor also had a great competition coming 2nd in the all around, also winning the silver medal on floor and rings, and achieving 3rd place on vault, p bars and high bar. In the u18 age group, Tom Morley competed on Floor and Vault. After a couple of small mistakes on floor, he managed to regain composure and perform a fantastic Handspring Front Vault in which he stuck it dead!

A huge well done goes to all the boys for their efforts and achievements in this competition!

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