Welcome to London Gymnastics. Our Handbook is now published as a rolling document. Clubs will be informed of any updates as they occur.
LG Handbook 2017
Each Technical Committee has published a supplementary handbook with further details about the programme they run within their discipline.
2020 Acro Handbook
2020 Men's Hanbook
2019-2020 Rhythmic Handbook
2020 Trampoline Handbook V2 - Updated on 16th March 2020
2020 Tumble Handbook
2020 Women's Handbook
London Gymnastics work in partnership with our National Governing Body - British Gymnastics and represent the London regional area. As an organisation, we DO NOT offer any gymnastics classes, but represent the clubs in our region that do. To find a club, please click here: Find a Club.
You can contact London Gymnastics in the following ways:
Regional Chair: Ben Murphy - [email protected]
Regional Welfare Officer: Chris Cason - [email protected] or phone 07973 533 769
Regional Administrator: Anne McNeill - [email protected]
Grant Application - [email protected]
For Technical Disciplines:
Acrobatic Gymnastics - [email protected]
Gymnastics for All - [email protected]
Inclusion and Disability - [email protected]
Men’s Artistic Gymnastics - [email protected]
Rhythmic Gymnastics - [email protected]
Trampoline Gymnastics (including Double Mini Tramp) - [email protected]
Tumbling Gymnastics - [email protected]
Women’s Artistic Gymnastics - [email protected]
To submit a News Item:
Marketing, Communication & Social Media Team - [email protected]
Further contact details for all London Clubs can be found on Find a Club.
Contact details for British Gymnastics can be found here.
You can also sign up for our email by clicking here.
The London region was formed in 1986 out of the old London & Kent AGA. This, in itself, had originally been a small part of the Metropolitan and South AGA.
Sport England was very anxious that governing body regional borders should follow their laid-down ones, and this helped the agreement to put Kent with the South East region, leaving London quite separate.
The Chair and Executive Council of this newly formed region believed that whilst the Region would be run by volunteers, the organisation did not consider itself ‘Amateur’ and so the new regional name of LONDON GYMNASTICS FEDERATION (LGF) was born. The new LGF commenced with no money and some outstanding debts – not the best way to get started. A logo followed shortly after, designed, free of charge, by Mike Elliott. At this stage just four disciplines were involved and run by the LGF – Women Artistic, Men’s Artistic, Sports Acrobatics and Rhythmic Gymnastics.
The new Committee caused some controversy as it sought to raise money by introducing a new Competition Licence system in order to participate in both MA and WA competitions. Whilst originally an idea to generate regional finances, it developed over the years to act as a great mechanism of recording coaches and judges qualifications and ensuring gymnasts had the correct membership. During 20 years of existence, the licence system spread to all the disciplines, including the new ones that were formed (TeamGym, General, Aerobics, Trampoline, etc.) and also included officials licences. In those early days other regions would raise an eyebrow at this mechanism, but as time went on and the two main benefits of these became apparent (control of gymnasts club-hopping, and finances of individual technical committee and the region) many regions would soon aspire to replicate our system.
It is important to note, that without this system bringing in money to our region for 20 years, we would not be in the healthy position we are today. Our reserves, generated through the licence system, have afforded both previous and current gymnasts, clubs and coaches, opportunities which many in other regions can only wish for.
The licence system was only one of the many trail-blazing activities which came out of LGF. We were the first to have a regular magazine which was sent out bi-monthly, the first to inaugurate a system of Awards for officials, gymnasts and supporters which were presented at a glittering Annual Awards Dinner, the first to run an annual Gymnastics Festival, the first to have an Annual General Meeting which incorporated Technical Assemblies for all disciplines, the first to hand out a plaque, with a yearly update to all our registered clubs, the first to produce a regular annual Handbook and the first to have our own regional banner.
Yes it sounds like we are bragging – but the reason to mention all these activities is because many of these activities were at the core of our organisation 20 years ago and are still going strong today.
The licence system has since passed and as mentioned we still benefit financially from all that was gained. We now have moved into a new era where the Region is managed by a Joint Technical Committee and a Management Committee. Where technical activities are rightly discussed in their own right and on the other side a set of competence officers looking after the strategy, management and finances of the region. At the time this new governance was started, we dropped “Federation” from our name and a new “London Gymnastics” with a fresh new logo was born. Our purpose was defined by a simple strap line: “Providing the perfect balance of fun, passion and precision”
In 2018 London Gymnastics became a company limited by guarantee. Our members are gymnastics clubs who affiliate to the Region. We provide a number of benefits to affiliated clubs including the opportunity for members of the clubs to participate in our activities, which include competitions, squads, clinics, conferences and other learning and development activities.
We don’t forget the past, and in honour of our peers, many of those who have served on our committees are etched into our history in the form of Honorary Vice-Presidents.
London Gymnastics values and recognises the importance of Gymnastics in schools, however this is not an area which we are directly involved with. Instead we recommend you to sign up for the British Gymnastics Partner School Scheme.
We are re-aligning our affiliation period to our Financial Year to help with budget planning
• This ensures the benefit is passed to clubs as we will only collect what is needed
• Affiliation banding for 2020 will remain as per 2019
• Next Affiliation date is 1st January 2020
• September you will receive a reminder of the sum to pay
• December you will receive your invoice (including e-Learning deduction if appropriate) see below for more information
• 1st to 20th January Payment of invoice (please do not pay before 1st Jan 2020)
The London Gymnastics Management Committee is keen that the Club Affiliation should reflect the needs of both club and Region. As such we have determined that after setting the annual operating income budget each year in June/July, it makes sense to adjust the amount required to be collected for the Club affiliation.
The club size will be determined by the number of gymnastic places in a club (collected from GymNet) rather than the turn-over of gymnasts throughout the year.
At the beginning of February a report from GymNet is run by British Gymnastics for each London affiliated club and collects all the gymnasts that are Bronze or Silver members.
The confusion over the numbers gathered is because:
1. Bronze or Silver membership is held by the officials of the club, judges and welfare officers. On your club GymNet you should make sure that these people are shown in their correct roles then they will not be included in the total of gymnasts. Remember the default setting for membership is ‘gymnast’.
2. Coaches and Judges that are under the age of 18 and are still active gymnasts, whether competitive or recreational will remain categorised as gymnasts for the purpose of affiliation.
It is the clubs responsibility to ensure that all information on their GymNet Club Access is accurate and up to date. If you are challenged by the entries then call
British Gymnastics Customer Support Department on 0345 1297 129
More details can be found below:
• The Regional Affiliation of a club is determined by club size.
• The Club is affiliated to the region, not individuals.
• The gymnasts and coaches are not affiliated individually to London Gymnastics.
• Clubs will be set into BANDS determined by their size.
• Each year, The LG Management Committee will set the fees, per band, based on the necessary operational income required to run the organisation and programmes within it.
• There are eight bands set across the total number of clubs.
• For each Affiliation Band the average cost for that band of clubs is determined
• Clubs will receive notification in July of their Band (determined by size), renewal fees and terms for payment
• The fee is payable by the end of September (at the latest) each year.
• The clubs may determine how they will generates the revenue to pay the annual affiliation
• New clubs will pay a fee of £75.00 for the first year, after which they will be set into the relevant band
If you have any queries please contact the London Gymnastics Regional Administrator at [email protected]
If you would like to affiliate to London Gymnastics please see the following documents:
pdf Why Join London Gymnastics (1.53 MB) download the documents and see!
You can download the pdf 2020 Application for Regional Affiliation (646 KB) here
By affiliating your club to London Gymnastics your club can:
• Nominate individuals to Regional Committees and attend [and vote at] relevant regional meetings e.g. AGM
• Enter club members into any competitions, events or squads run by the Region (subject to any relevant performance criteria)
• Apply for any grants and nominate for awards
• Sign up to receive our monthly e-newsletter
• Our technical Committees will provide you with information based on the selections you made inside the British Gymnastics GymNet portal.
Rules and Procedures
• Clubs must be registered with British Gymnastics at the time of application to affiliate to the region.
• Coaches must be registered members of British Gymnastics and in good standing.
• Clubs that have not re-affiliated by the end of October will be temporarily suspended from membership of the region and be ineligible to enter competitions organised by any of the Regional Technical Committees, access reduced cost courses, training camps or any other regionally organised event. The club information will not be included on the London Gymnastics Website
• Clubs wishing to re-affiliate to London Gymnastics after any period of lapsed membership may be subject to a fine, to be decided by the Management Committee, which may be at least as much as the amount that would have been paid, had the club stayed in continuous membership of London Gymnastics.
• London Gymnastics has the right to refuse Affiliation of a Club if there are ongoing /outstanding complaints against that club
• London Gymnastics has the right to refuse affiliation, if we believe a club is not registering its gymnasts and coaches appropriately with British Gymnastics
• London Gymnastics will refuse to affiliate clubs who hold membership of both British Gymnastics and UK Gymnastics.
In the later part of this year London Gymnastics will publish its vision and goals through until 2020, and this is where affiliation monies will be focused.
London Gymnastics Management Committee