When I took over the position of Chairman, just over a year ago, we had approximately 40 boy’s taking part in Men’s gymnastics competitions. Over the last year I have fought hard to try and grow Men’s gymnastics in London, to a point now where I can say we have over 70 boys taking part in competitions in London.
During this last year alone we have been able to send 5 full teams to National finals and one gymnast in Level 6. We had two teams actually medal, 1 Bronze and 1 Silver, and an individual Bronze at Level 1. This is something London has not achieved over the last few years so with a stronger Regional Squad this year I am hoping to send 6 full teams to Nationals for 2013 and hopefully see an increase in the team and individual medal tables.
Also for 2013 I am looking into taking the Regional Squad away for a training camp during the summer. So come on boys and to all you men’s coaches, come and join the Men’s Artistic teams and lets bring London boy’s back to the top where we belong.
Want to be the Master of 6 pieces of apparatus?
Then Men’s gymnastics is where it’s at. Each piece of apparatus, although different from each other, all require a combination of strength, mobility, endurance, flexibility, body control and co-ordination. From the pure beginner to National and International Champions, London Gymnastics can offer it all.
As a region we offer many opportunities for gymnasts and coaches to gain experience.
Gymnasts competing in the NDP Finals must purchase the following:
The MTC continues with the rollout programme for its new Regional Kit as some of the old kit is no longer supplied by the manufacturer and it has become necessary for us to develop a new design.
To make this as smooth as possible, and to try and avoid too much of a financial strain on parents, the new regional kit has been phased in over 2 years.
To help reduce the financial burden to parents, the cost of all regional kit has been substantially reduced, and in all cases through our partnership with The Zone, we can offer Lycra items at a much reduced price if purchased directly through the MTC rather than The Zone.
Coaches not already in possesion of a new tracksuit will be asked to purchase the new tracksuit trousers and tops this year. Once again we have managed to negotitate a considerable reduction. A free polo shirt will also be available for Regional Coaches.
Gymnasts who have Regional Kit are expected to wear it at Regional Squad Training
It will be at the discretion of the MTC Chairman not to allow gymnasts or coaches to take part in the finals if they do not have appropriate kit.
We would ask that you adhere to the following procedure:
Please Note: We ask you to ensure that parents bring a cheque or cash to pay for all of their kit at the Regional finals. Club's will be asked to cover the cost of ordering the kit if the above is not actioned, and without payment, kit cannot be ordered.
Each year the Men's Technical Committee produces its handbook, and 2016 is no different.
Our website makes it easier than ever to quickly find the information you need about our competition programme. However, the handbook is the one file that contains all the information brought together into one place. You can download it using the link below and print it as needed. Any revisions throughout the year will be noted on this page with the latest version available to download.
It has been a longstanding action for the Men’s Technical Committee to put together a comprehensive Regional Squad Programme. In recent years gymnastics has undergone a huge change both in terms of its method of assessment and the subsequent increase in demands on the young aspiring gymnast. For this reason 2013 will see an investment by the MTC in its coaches in order to equip them to properly prepare their gymnasts so they can meet these demands head on.
2012 saw the start of the newly formed Regional Squad and the training began. London was actually able to send 5 full teams to National finals (something we had not done for a few years) in May of that year and the boys exceeded all our expectations. We are hoping that this year we will be able to send 6 full teams to Nationals and the possibility of some boys to the Elite National finals. The Regional Squad Training will be beneficial to gymnasts, but more importantly a process of coach education will encourage coaches to aspire to produce a higher standard of gymnastics in the region. No system is fail proof – so your feedback will be key to the success of the programme.
It is really hoped that this system will go someway towards improving our results at the National Finals.
Many Regions now run Regional Squad training on a regular basis and the benefits are clear to see. It can:
The first training session will be for the Regional NDP Teams from 2012 and their coaches as this session will introduce changes to set routines and updates on code amendments made during the last year.
Format of Training Sessions
The format for each subsequent regional training session will be 10.00am – 1.00pm unless otherwise advised
Regional Squad membership guidelines