Women's artistic


Development Elite and Challenge compete at Amber Valley Valentines Invitational

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A massive well done to our Development Elite and Development Challenge girls who entered the EVGC Valentine's Invitational on Sunday.

The Development Elite girls did a fantastic job. Congratulations to Katie, 2nd, and Cadie, 1st on vault. On bars Cadie also came 1st. Katie came 2nd on floor, Cadie 3rd and Diaz 1st on range, and an extra special mention to Cadie who came 1st all-around. 

Naomi had a clean beam routine despite nerves prior to comp, Sophia performed with grace and poise at her first ever competition, and Erin did a great vault. The coaches were so pleased with all the girls' team spirit.

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Development Challenge also did a great job competing at club grade 5 last weekend. A big well done to Anna Bianchi who came 2nd overall and Adele Brown who came 3rd overall. Both girls showed us some fantastic routines especially their range and conditioning where they placed 1st and 2nd.                                                      

The girls also achieved a few apparatus medals where we saw Adele and Violet perform much improved bar routines meaning that they placed 2nd and 3rd on bars, a beautiful floor routine from Lottie which earned her 1st place on floor and a silver medal for Bella's very neat beam routine! Nina and Amelia both improved their confidence with their skills on beam meaning they placed 4th and 5th on this piece.

All the girls had a clean competition and were very pleased with themselves!

Both groups are now working hard and looking forward to their next competition on 5th March.

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Thank you also to EVGC for hosting such a lovely and smooth-running comp!


Academy Performance Director, Adam Folwell reports on an exciting start to 2017

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

Wow…where did my first year here at the Academy go? I would like to take this opportunity to provide you all with an update on the building works, a brief review of 2016 and the direction the Academy is heading in 2017 and beyond.

 The Academy is now the sole tenant of the building and we are in the process of securing an initial, five-year lease with the Council. Since the closure of the leisure centre, contactors have been on site making the necessary amendments to provide us with a new entrance and access to our space, which will also include use of a couple of rooms within the centre.

Building works are due to be completed by the middle of March, however I am unable to provide you with an estimated date of when our access will be made available for use. In the meantime, please do continue to use the stairs and pathway up to our main entrance and feel free to wait upstairs in the hallway next to our offices.

My arrival has coincided with a few staff leaving for pastures new, alongside an influx of talented and motivated individuals who have gelled together remarkably well to create the exciting team that we can all be hugely proud of. The Academy has also grown from within, investing in two promotions from zero hours’ contracts to full time salaried positions, which is a large shift in mind set for any sporting club.

Our coaching team have been supported for the first time in their quest to upskill, with many of the team making use of the new Academy initiative for funding towards coaching courses. Last year saw several qualifications gained at the introductory level, continuing through to the pinnacle of High Performance, which has provided the members with an even greater level of coaching and expertise.

The Academy had enjoyed major success at every level of competition throughout 2016, boasting a European Champion, 2 Team GB representatives in Rio, the Junior British Team Champions, as well as many more medallists at a National, Regional and County level. Participation levels have increased within our Gymnastics for All discipline, providing more opportunities for development at the grass roots level, with a highlight for the discipline being; the inaugural “In House” Gfa competition which saw over 230 members participating.

The growth in membership has also seen the Academy strive to achieve a more conducive ratio of athlete: coach levels, for the participants to fulfil their own levels of potential throughout the various disciplines, whilst creating progressive pathways for entry and exits from each of our sessions/ disciplines.

The careful and strategic expansion continued with the introduction of our new satellite club at the Rushcliffe Arena where participants receive an introduction to the sport before becoming full members of the Academy. Creating a larger talent pool to select from within, is a key priority for the Academy moving forward, whilst maximising the opportunities for all involved to continue loving their time in this wonderful sport.

The Academy has invested heavily on the equipment front, providing our Athletes with a truly world class facility and we are looking to invest again this year to create a useable space within the sports hall. Expansion is needed to offset the increased overheads involved with the sole tenancy agreement, however the new sessions will take place over a weekend, providing extra room on a week night for warm ups and physical preparation to take place.

Charity status within 2017 is a major objective for our hard working and dedicated members of the Board. Discussions and enquiries into the process have progressed very positively and we are hopeful that an announcement can be made during the summer months, resulting in another huge step forward for the Academy.

I would like to finish with a note of thanks to the entire membership and wider stakeholders, whom without your support, the Academy simply wouldn’t be as thriving as it is today. Whilst we are some way away from being the finished article, the team and I will continue to do our very best to continue the positive, upwards trends in each area and service that we provide.


Adam Folwell


Job Opportunity: Level 2 Gymnastics Coaches

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

Job Title:

General Gymnastics Coach GFA (Level 2 +)


Notts Gymnastics Academy, Boundary Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham NG27BY

Reports to:

Academy Performance Director

Hours of work:

Varied throughout the week. Will include weekends.

Salary Range:

Rates vary depending on qualification and experience.

Start date:

As soon as possible

About Notts Gymnastics Academy:

Notts has a proud history of providing opportunities for every gymnast to reach their potential at various levels within the sport. NGA caters for a wide range of gymnastics abilities and ages with classes running from preschool and Gymnastics For All through to elite level in both Men’s and Women’s elite artistic. The Academy also has an inclusive programme for those with additional or specific needs and regularly runs additional events such as parties, training, and experience days. Under the Academy Performance Director, Adam Folwell, Notts is building for the future and looking for coaches’ keen to be part of this development.

What we are looking for:

We are looking for an enthusiastic, experienced and committed gymnastics coach to join our excellent Coaching Team. We are looking someone to coach primarily within our Gfa competitive sessions, Gfa (recreational) sessions and support with gymnastics parties and holiday camps.


  • BG level 2+ General Gymnastics Coach (GFA)
  • DBS (support can be given with your online application; however, this must be received before coaching role commences)
  • Safeguarding training
  • First Aid qualification
  • You will be enthusiastic, motivated, professional, and reliable. You must be able to work independently, have initiative and a mature attitude and be a team player to work well within our existing team of coaches.
  • Excellent communicator with coaches, parents, and children.
  • Flexibility and strong interpersonal skills are essential
  • You must have the legal right to work in the UK

Please send a completed application form and CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Important Information: January 2017

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

Between Tuesday 3rd January - Sunday 8th January, the gym will be open but there will be no access via the leisure centre. There will only be access to the gym via the outside route, the path and steps to the left of the leisure centre entrance. This will cause problems for anyone with pushchairs etc as there will be no ramps, only stairs.

Between Monday 9th January - Friday 13th January, the gym will be closed and there will be no training for any group within the academy. This is due to essential utility work. Training will commence as normal on Saturday 14th January.  

Between the 3rd - 13th January there will be no access to the leisure centre buildings including the sports hall and cafe area as building work will be taking place to create our new entrance. 


Christmas Display 2016

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

Saturday 17th December saw over 100 athletes from across our three flagship disciplines come together to create our Fairy tale Christmas Showcase. The spectacular display consisted of individual and group performances with some delightful choreography and creative ideas on show, as well as some heart stopping moments…Santa performing a double front somersault with one and a half twists from the trampoline being just one of them!

The day was a fantastic opportunity to recognise our Athlete and Coaching Team’s achievements throughout 2016 with a select number of performers from our Men’s and Women’s disciplines producing some wonderful work on the apparatus and showing their medal winning skills. Highlights included English under 16 Floor Champion; Matt Boardman completing 3 ½ twists in a single somersault followed by a 2 ½ twist backwards connected with a ½ twisting forward somersault, with nine-year-old Beatrice Hill showing nerves of steel and opening the show with a faultless performance on the balance beam.

Our competitive Gfa groups laid on some fantastic group displays, showcasing a wonderful mix of choreographed dancing and new tumbling skills. The R1 girls working to the theme of the Nutcracker and the C2 girls dancing to a cheeky little number dressed as Elves were just some of the festive delights on display. 

From the Ugly ducklings (WA development) to the lost boys of Neverland (MA section) and everything in between, the showcase provided the audience with an early Christmas treat and rounded off what has been, a hugely successful year for the Academy. Our medal winning gymnasts from County, Regional, National and International competitions received a mention in our roll call and it was a magnificent sight to see such a large number of athletes receive a rousing applause for their individual achievements.

Academy Performance Director; Adam Folwell, was over the moon with the efforts of his wonderful team of coaches and athletes and can’t thank the army of volunteers enough. The showcase simply wouldn’t have been such a success without the efforts of the dedicated parents who co-ordinated the advertising, ticket sales, refreshments, stalls, amazing raffle prizes and many other areas associated with such a large event. It is a privilege to work alongside and have such fantastic support from a special group of people and long may it continue!

2016 has provided the Academy with a renewed sense of positivity and whilst 2017 will undoubtedly provide us with some challenges, beginning with the sad departure of our long serving office administrator- Rochelle Leake. I am however, hugely confident that the team will pull together and we will continue to make strides forwards on and off the gym floor.

Thanks again for all of your support throughout 2016, and I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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