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Sergey Sizhanov appointed as Assistant Head of Men's Discipline

Categories // Men's Artistic Coaches Required, GFA News & Competitions, Acro, Gymnastics For All, Men's artistic, Women's artistic

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We are delighted to announce that we have appointed Sergey Sizhanov as Assistant Head of the Men’s discipline.

Sergey is a Level 6 – International Performance Coach and has produced exceptional results in both a club setting and internationally with Great Britain. Back when we were Notts school of gymnastics, Sergey coached both the junior and senior boys for 5 years. During this time, Notts won the British U12 team championships 3 years in a row, as well as the British NDP team championships. He personally coached the likes of Andrew Smith, Reece Pearson, Zach Walker as well as Sam Oldham, who all achieved British All-Around titles in this time. During his time at British Gymnastics, he has been a driving factor in the success of the men’s junior teams, with many going on to represent GB at the Olympic Games. Sergey was the head coach to the Junior European Championship winning team in 2008, which included his own gymnasts Reece Pearson and Sam, as well as Daniel Keatings and Daniel Purvis. He was also the Head Coach to the Junior European Championship winning teams in 2010 and 2016, which involved gymnasts such as Max Whitlock, Frank Baines, Nile Wilson and Brinn Bevan. At a senior level, he was also Sam Hunter’s personal coach during his success at the 2010 European Championships, as well as the 2010 World Championships when he finished 7th All-Around.

We look forward to officially welcoming Sergey to the academy on Monday 31st October.


Fantastic weekend for Notts boys at the London open!

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Last weekend, London Gymnastics hosted the London Development Open at the Redbridge Sports Centre in Essex which saw over 500 boys compete across the weekend. Notts had a strong contingent of 21 boys that competed between Friday 30th September and Sunday 2nd October.

The weekend began with the Under 8 and Under 9 boys on the Friday. Within the U8 category, we had Phoenix Frost, Callum Haywood, Noah Farnsworth and Alfie Heard. After a slightly nervous start for the young boys on Parallel Bars, the boys rose to the occasion and had a brilliant competition. In a field of 65 competitors, all the boys achieved a top 20 All-Around finish, with Phoenix Frost (a year younger than all the other boys) placing 19th, Callum Haywood in 15th, Alfie Heard in 12th, with Noah Farnsworth finishing 4th despite a fall on Parallel Bars, a fantastic achievement for the boys. As well as strong All-Around positions, Noah Farnsworth took the Gold medal on High Bar with a score of 9.234, and the Silver medals on Floor and Rings with scores of 9.0 and 7.3 respectively. Huge well done Noah! On the Pommel horse, Callum Haywood achieved a Silver medal on the Pommel with a fantastic routine scoring 9.4. In the Under 9 category we had James Norman and Oscar Sampson, both built on their performances at the recent regional championships and will act as good preparation for James who is competing at the National finals in November.


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Saturday saw Charlie Gardner, Kaydon Kennedy, Archie Latter, Ethan Norris, Louis O’Keeffe and Jack Reyes compete in the Under 10 competition, as well as Liam Jury in the Elite Under 12 category. The Under 10’s also built on their performances at the recent regional competition and in a field of 75, achieved impressive All-Around finishes of 11th for Kian, 13th for Charlie, 34th for Jack, 43rd for Louis, 45th for Kaydon, 57th for Ethan and 60th for Archie. Huge congratulations to Charlie, who won the Gold medal on the floor with a brilliant routine scoring 9.367. Huge congrats also to Kian, who achieved the Silver medal on pommel with a score of 9.7 and also to Louis who achieved the bronze medal on vault with a score of 9.8. Special mention also to Louis, who after struggling with a mental block on a tumble on the floor in the week prior to the competition, performed the skill and the routine brilliantly, scoring an impressive 8.867 placing 9th. Liam Jury made improvements on his pommel routine, as well as strong performances on Vault, Rings and Parallel Bars to finish in 16th place. Colbi Curtis competed in the final round of the day. He got off to a great start on pommel despite an undfortuate slip and then the rings where he completed a skill that he has been having trouble with (winning £5 off his coach) to score 2 marks higher than regionals. Colbi produced solid performances on Floor (8.56) and Vault (9.3), and performed an excellent high bar routine scoring 9.534 which unfortunately just missed out on a medal in 4th. 


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LO Colbi

On the final day of the competition we had Niall Storer competing in the Elite U9 competition, Niall produced strong performances on the pommel (8.75), vault (8.7) and high bar (8.5) to finish with score of 44.78. In the Elite U8 category we had Lucas Bowen and Zakaine Fawzi-Mccaffrey competing. Zakaine produced brilliant performances on Pommel (9.25), Vault (9.45) and High Bar (9.23) and despite uncharacteristic mistakes on floor and parallel bars achieved a score of 48.4 and a 14th place finish. Lucas Bowen also started strong with a score of 9.05 on the pommel, and produced good performances on rings and vault, but also made uncharacteristic mistakes on floor, parallel bars and high bar scoring 46.5 All-around finishing in 18th place. The afternoon saw Harry Clarke and Leo Hoggard compete in the U11 competition. Leo produced strong performances on the pommel (9.3) and Vault (9.1) to achieve an All-Around score of 42.86. Harry also had performed well on pommel (8.75) and Vault (9.70) to achieve an All-Around score of 44.6.

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Huge well done to all the gymnasts and coaches in what was a very successful weekend for the boys!


Olympic medalist Sam Oldham returns to Notts Gymnastics Academy!

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We are delighted to announce to the return of former Notts gymnast Sam Oldham to the academy.

Sam joined Notts as a 7-year-old and achieved a lot of success during his time at the club, breaking into the junior national squad and became the British under 12 champion. He left Notts at the age of 14 and has gone on to achieve great things within the sport.

As a junior, he was part of the 2008 Great Britain team that won the Junior European Championships for very first time, before going onto becoming individual Junior European All-Around and High Bar Champion in 2010. He also represented Great Britain at the Youth Olympic Games, claiming Gold on the High Bar and Silver on Pommel.

As a senior, Sam has represented Great Britain at the European and World championships, achieving an individual Silver medal at the 2013 and 2014 Euro’s on High Bar. He was also part of Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics, who claimed a historic Bronze medal in the team event.

Sam will be training at the academy full time within the Men’s squad and has his sights firmly set on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games.

We wish to offer him a huge welcome home and the best of luck in the future from everyone here at NGA!


Notts boys selected to compete at National Finals!

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On Sunday 18th September, 15 boys competed in the East Midlands selection trial for the National Finals, which will be hosted in Birmingham in November.

The first round saw Niall Storer, Colbi Curtis and Liam Jury compete for a place in the Level 1, Level 2 and Level 4 Elite Grade teams respectively. Niall secured his place with a 5th place finish, as well as Colbi finishing 3rd and claiming the bronze medal. Liam was the only boy in the region competing at Elite level 4 and will represent the East Midlands as an individual. At Club level 1 both James Norman and Oscar Sampson produced a confident performance, with James earning selection with a 6th place finish.

Round 1

Within the second round we had boys competing for a place in the Club Level 2, Level 3 and Level 4 teams. In a very tough competition with 23 boys going for 6 places, Kaydon Kennedy and Ethan Norris competed finishing 12th and 11th respectively. Kian Keogh (3rd), Charlie Gardner (5th) and Jack Reyes (6th) earned selection with Louis O’Keefe (7th) named as 1st reserve. Within this competition, Louis O’Keefe won Floor, with Charlie and Kian claiming joint 2nd. Kian won vault, and Charlie came in 3rd place. Kian claimed 2nd on the parallel bars and Jack Reyes claimed 1st place on high bar, with Louis in 2nd and Charlie in 3rd.

Harry Clarke, Harry Norman and Leo Hoggard competed in the Level 3 competition, with Harry Norman and Leo achieving selection with 5th and 6th place finishes respectively. Harry Clarke achieved 2nd place on Vault, and Harry Norman came 3rd on Rings.

Luke Harrington was also successful in gaining selection in the Level 4 team with a 2nd place finish. He won floor, rings and high bar, claiming 2nd on pommel and 3rd on vault, parallel bars and PPP.

Although too young be eligible to compete at the National Finals, a number of boys competed in the Level 0 competition. At Elite Level 0, Zakaine Fawzi-Mccaffrey claimed the gold medal all-around with a strong performance, scoring a perfect 10 on the pommel horse! Lucas Bowen was close behind, claiming the silver medal with a brilliant performance. At Club Level 0, Alfie Heard achieved a 4th place finish all-around with Noah Farnsworth and Callum Haywood finishing 9th and 7th respectively. Alfie claimed 1st place on floor and 2nd on pommel, with Callum achieving 1st place on pommel.

Round 2

Huge well done to all gymnasts selected to represent the East Midlands at the National Finals and their coaches!

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