Women's artistic


Notts Gymnasts excel and East Midlands Grade 6 & 5

Categories // GFA News & Competitions, Women's artistic

The 25th March saw 23 Notts gymnasts from across the GFA competitive and Women’s Artistic disciplines descend on New College Leicester to take on their grade 6 and 5 competitions.

For many of the girls, it was their first taste of regional competition and they all presented themselves well in large fields of competitors. Our gymnasts were required to perform across vault, bars, beam, and floor as well as producing a range and conditioning routine to demonstrate their strength, control and flexibility.

Each routine was marked from a maximum possible score of 14, and several of our gymnasts delivered routines which received less than one mark in deductions, which is a great achievement!

Well done to Amelie, Kieley and Faith who achieved scores of 13.0 or over on vault and Millie, Amelie, Sophie and Tess who achieved this on bars at grade 6.

Congratulations also to Stephanie and Ava who scored 13.00 or higher on vault and Erin who achieved this mark on floor at grade 5.

Following a marathon day of competition over two rounds, the final scores gave the Notts contingent plenty to celebrate! In the Grade 6 competition Millie Browne placed 2nd overall in a huge field of 65 gymnasts! Whilst in Grade 5, Erin Prentice earned Team Notts its second silver medal of the day as she also placed 2nd out of 59 competitors.

All of our gymnasts passed their grade with many achieving commended passes or distinctions and they should all be very proud of their performances. Well done ladies!

The full results for all of the Notts competitors can be seen below:

Grade 6

Millie Browne – Silver, Distinction

Amelie Smith – Distinction

Ruby Thatcher – Distinction

Sophie Redgate – Distinction

Lilo Sharpe – Distinction

Kieley Brown – Distinction

Yasmin Kapila – Distinction

Isla Skedge – commended

Cherry May Briggs-Price – commended

Faith Wright - Commended

Jessica Stevens – Commended

Matilda Rayner – Commended

Florence Townsed – Commended

Tess Billingham - Commended

Megan Crampton - Commended

Malena Dafhnis-Luengo - Pass

Katie-May Hyland - Pass

Grade 5

Erin Prentice – Silver, Distinction

Stephanie Booth – Commended

Layla Lehane – Commended

Harriet Jackson – Commended

Ava Morgan-McQuade – Commended

Ella Dean – Commended

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Notts Gymnasts Enjoy Success at East Midlands Grades

Categories // Women's artistic

Sunday 18th March saw a host of Notts women’s artistic competitors take part in the East Midlands Grades championships.

In the morning session, gymnasts deserved an award just for making it to the venue having battled through snow and ice, but our intrepid gymnasts weren’t put off by the cold and kicked of the competition taking part in the National 4 and National 2 categories.

All of the Notts National 4 competitors passed their grade, with 5 of our gymnasts achieving a “commended” pass. A special mention must go to Bella Saunders-Lucas who also won the silver medal in this category having put in strong performances across the board, achieving the 2nd highest score on vault, the 3rd highest mark on bars and the best mark of the competition on beam.

In the National 2 competition, Notts was represented by 6 gymnasts, all of whom passed the grade. Poppy Robinson and Katie Watson also had top 5 finishes in the open age and in-age competitions respectively, and Katie also achieved a distinction by scoring over 60.00 marks across the 5 required apparatus, which is a fantastic achievement!

The afternoon’s competition saw Notts gymnasts competing in National 3, National prep 5, compulsory 5 and a warm up competition for compulsory 2.

Two gymnasts represented Notts in the compulsory 2 warm up – Bea Hill and Grace Davies. Both girls competed well and made the most of their opportunity to practice their routines ahead of their national competition which will take place in May.

In the compulsory 5 competition Xyla Parris and Freya Lacey took part in their first regional competition and both achieved passes, a fantastic achievement for their first competition at a challenging grade.

National 3 had a lone competitor representing Notts, Niamh Lehane, but she didn’t let this put her off and she earned a commended pass achieving the 2nd highest mark of the competition in Range and conditioning along the way, and placing 9th overall in the event.

The final competition for the Notts gymnasts was National Prep 5, a new grade introduced to the region this year. Our 3 gymnasts all surpassed the pass mark by over 10 points, claiming some fantastic marks along the way! Sofia Granton-Crowe and Katie Donaghey both scored 12.667 on beam to equal each other with the highest beam mark of the day, whilst Lily Reyes proved that consistency across the board can be the key to success with her marks earning her the overall National Prep 5 regional title!

We are very proud of all of our gymnasts achievements from what was a very long day of competition and would also like to congratulate their coaches for their hard work to prepare the gymnasts so well. Congratulations from all at #TeamNotts.

Please see the full list of passes below.

National 4

Bella Saunders-Lucas – Commended, silver Medal

Adele Brown - Commended

Lexi Siddons - commended

Anna Bianchi – Commended

Lori Prentice - Commended

Violet Billingham – Pass

National 3

Niamh Lehane - Commended

National 2

Katie Watson - Distinction

Poppy Robinson – Commended

Erin Scott - Pass

Amy Harper - Pass

Lara Hill – Pass

Alice Oldershaw - Pass

Compulsory 5

Xyla Parris – Pass

Freya Lacey - Pass

National Prep 5

Lily Reyes – Pass, Gold Medal

Katie Donaghey – Pass

Sofia Granton Crowe - Pass


Men's and Women's Artistic Trial Sessions - March 2018

Categories // Men's artistic, Women's artistic

Do you have a budding young gymnast who would like to trial for Notts Gymnastics Academy's Mens or Women's artistic disciplines?

We are holding Men's Artistic trials for boys born in 2012 and 2013 on Sunday 4th March and Women's artistic trials for girls born in 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010 on Sunday 25th March.

The trial sessions will last 90 minutes and cost £10 per participant.

To register for these event please follow the below links to fill in the registration form:

Men's Artistic Trial Registration Form

Women's Artistic Trial Registration Form

We look forward to meeting your new young gymnasts soon!


Welcome to our new WA HOD

Categories // Women's artistic

Notts Gymnastics Academy is delighted to officially announce the arrival of Katie Foster as our Women’s Artistic Head of Discipline.

Katie joins us with a wealth of experience and knowledge that will not only help shape the future of the WA discipline but also that of the Academy.  Katie’s passion for gymnastics is hugely evident and her vision and thoughts on how to prepare gymnasts for long term participation in the sport were very much in alignment with the journey that NGA have embarked upon in recent years.

Katie’s appointment will combine overseeing the effective and efficient running of the WA discipline with a specific coaching responsibility for the Development Elite group.  Additional coaching hours will see Katie supporting the younger Development groups as well as the Challenge groups.

Academy Performance Director; Adam Folwell was “over the moon to secure the services of another incredibly talented individual who will not only compliment the WA’s existing coaching team, but help move the entire discipline onto the next level”.

“Katie’s appointment is very much in keeping with the recent additions to the team as we strive to achieve the greatest levels of performance across each of the disciplines we offer, whilst continuously looking to increase the levels of service that NGA provide”.

The new appointment will allow Jo Miller to concentrate all her efforts on the newly created Performance Lead role within the Elite section, which will provide a very exciting and prosperous future for the Academy and in particular the Women’s Artistic discipline.


Adrian Stan Junior British Team Champions and Ramiyah Kofi Espoir All Around Gold medalist!

Categories // Women's artistic

Christine Tse, Ramiyah Kofi, Scarlett Williams, Summer Hill and Thea Dane competed at the 2017 Adrian Stan Team championships. 

The team started on bars where Christine competed a new shoot half. Scarlett performed a solid, confident beam routine showing true class and potential on this piece. The floor rotation brought 4 expressive floor routines with confident tumbles. Summer Hill, the youngest team member, entertained the crowd with her trademark bubbly routine and Thea Dane’s sky high double pike was one of the many highlights of the day. With vault being the last piece, the team was determined to hit 4 strong vaults which is exactly what they did. Ramiyah finished the competition with a stunning full twisting yurchenko and secured the team gold medal. 

The Notts teams were crowned Adrian Stan Junior British (non squad) champions. Ramiyah’s fantastic performances earned her the top score in the entire Espoir competition. Well done girls ! 

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