London Men’s Open & Development Open moves to September 2013
02nd December 2012
London Gymnastics in conjunction with the BG Men’s Technical Director have decided that the London Open & London Development Open in 2013 will move to September.
There are a number of factors influencing this decision:
- With the publication of the new NDP sets not due until the end of 2012, a competition on our traditional date in March would have meant little preparation time for Clubs
- As the Club Development Grades NDP finals will now be held in November, by placing the competition on the first weekend in September this should work well as preparation for gymnasts, clubs and regions. Some regions may choose to use the competition as their own selection competition for the National Finals
- For the London Open, we have always looked to encourage the best gymnasts from Great Britain to take part across our three age groups. It is also our continued aim to attract International Gymnasts. By placing the London Open in September, the timing will act as a perfect control trial for the World Championships held in Sept/October. Indeed the BG Men’s Technical Director has confirmed the London Men’s Open will be used as a control trial for Great Britain’s male athletes
2013 will act as a pilot, and if all is well then the London Open and London Development Open will move to September each year.
We hope are regular clubs participating in our competitions see this as a sensible step forwards.
The date of the London Men’s Open for 2013 will be Saturday 7th September 2013 with the Development Open taking place on Sunday 8th September 2013. Both days will take place at The Europa Centre, Vimy Way (off Maiden Lane), Crayford, Kent, DA1 4FA
The closing dates for the competition will be Friday 12th July 2013. Entry information and forms will be available on the BG “Find an Event” from the new year.
Ben Murphy - London Open Championship Director
Eddie Van - Hoof BG Men’s Technical Director