The answers to many of the commonly asked questions about Waterside Gymnastics Club are provided here. Click on any question to reveal the answer.
Are all the staff DBS/CRB checked?
It is required by British Gymnastics that all staff have a current Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) check (the replacement for CRB checks). All the staff at the club are checked on a regular basis to ensure that that requirement is met.
Can I stay and watch a General class?
Yes! We have a large viewing balcony where parents are welcome to view all session from.
Can my child try a class before joining?
Yes, we encourage children to come and do a ‘Come and Try It’ class before officially joining the club. After you have completed a membership form (via the website or at the club) we will contact you to let you know which session(s) we have space for you child within. We will then be able to explain how the ‘Come and try’ it session works.
Do I have to join the Club?
After you have had a ‘Try-It’ session you will need to become a member of Waterside Gymnastics Club if you wish to continue attending the classes.
Do you have a waiting list?
Yes, unfortunately we currently have a long waiting list for all sections, with the exception of Adult Gymnastics
How do I get there?
The club address and directions can be found here
How do I pay?
At the beginning of each term you will receive an invoice for the session fees for the forthcoming term. The invoice will detail the club membership fee and the session fees due. In September, or when the gymnast joins the club, you will also receive a membership details form to complete, which must be returned to the club along with the relevant British Gymnastics annual membership fees.
Fees can be settled by bank transfer, cheque or cash. If paying by cash or cheque, please place in an envelope and ensure that you include the completed detachable invoice slip. Please ensure that this is given to the coach in charge of the session.
How much does it cost?
Club fees are structured as follows:
- Since the club is affiliated with British Gymnastics, you need to pay a British Gymnastics membership fee; details are on the BG website and this includes insurance.
- A club membership fee is payable each term, currently £60 (a discount is applicable if fees are paid on time).
- Session fees are payable depending on the number of sessions the gymnast trains each week.
If you have any queries regarding fees, please contact us.
What do I do if I have any concerns?
If your concern is regarding a class change, please contact the lead coach for your current session.
If your concern is regarding class content then talk to the lead coach of that class.
If your concern is regarding the development of your child within a squad, contact their personal coach in the first instance.
If your concern is regarding a Member of Staff you can contact one of our welfare officers.
What do I do if I want to leave?
Please take the time to let the head coach of your session know that you are planning to leave so we can make the space available to another gymnast.
What does my child need to wear?
For mini and General classes children should wear a t-shirt and shorts or tracksuit bottoms. Long hair should be tied and up all jewellery removed, children go in bare-foot. Once your child has settled into their session most girls come to their sessions wearing a leotard and boys wear shorts and t-shirts. We sell club leotards and t-shirts which many of our members choose to wear.
What qualifications do the coaches have?
All staff are qualified to British Gymnastics recognised standards with all lead coaches to a minimum of UKCC Level 2 award in Coaching Gymnastics.
All senior staff are qualified in First Aid and undertake regular Safeguarding and Protecting Children training through UKCC-approved training providers
What’s the best way to get a message to, or talk to my child’s coach?
If you would like to arrange a meeting to discuss your child then please email the coach directly to find a suitable time or talk to them at the end of a session:
- Adults: Richard Bartlam
- Aerobics: Becky Goodyer
- General (recreational) Gymnastics: Shelley Miller
- Men's TeamGym: Della Downes
- Minis/Development Squad: Carol Pankhurst or Lynn Withers
- Women's Artistic: Martin O'Connor or Kay Jewell
- Women's TeamGym: Lucy Jewell
Alternatively, email the office at email@example.com or leave a message on the Club’s answerphone on 023 80843800
When does the year start and what if I want to join part-way through the year?
The Club year starts in September, and the Club membership fee is reduced for those joining later in the year. The British Gymnastics membership fee is set by BG and may or may not be reduced for those joining later in the year.
Will my child have the opportunity to enter any competitions?
All members of the club have an opportunity to participate in the club championships for their section. All club members have the opportunity to participate in the Club’s Annual Gala. If your child is part of a squad there will be opportunities to compete at different levels throughout the year.
If you have a question that is not answered here, please drop us an email.