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London GfA - together we climbed a mountain!

LG GfA Spring

 Six years ago the GfA Committee (previously General Gymnastics) hosted the largest competitions in London, with up to 600 gymnasts competing. Fast forward to 2016 and our first event of the year had 2,350 gymnasts competing.

As we grow we are presented with new challenges. We rely on the support of a small network of volunteers and a host of coaches, judges, spectators and gymnasts to allow our events to run.

Unfortunately it doesn’t always go to plan. On Saturday 27th February (the first day of our Spring Competition series), logistical issues meant that the competition over ran by almost 2 hours. This has a knock on effect of causing issues for clubs, gymnasts, parents and volunteers.

We can only apologise for this and assure clubs and parents that our volunteers worked tirelessly to implement changes to procedures to smooth this out.

On our second weekend, learning from the previous week, we implemented our changes:

  • An additional entrance for gymnasts and coaches
  • Extra volunteers to manage registration
  • More volunteers on the ticket stand
  • Additional manpower to assist with the smooth and safe dispersal of gymnasts
  • A change to the procedure for handing gymnasts back to parents / carers
  • Additional volunteer staff in the competition arena to assist with the flow of the competition
  • A new procedure for Medal presentation to allow this to run more smoothly
  • New vaulting set ups to speed up the competition vaults

All coaches, gymnasts and volunteers worked together to implement the new procedures. The second competition weekend ran smoothly, finishing 40 minutes early on the Sunday. It would have been even earlier but we had to wait for all the final gymnasts to arrive as we were so far ahead. 

After beginning setting up the arena on Friday at 2pm and leaving the Arena at 9pm on Sunday our volunteer workforce left exhausted but happy in the knowledge that they had been part of such a successful event.

Many thanks to all who played a part in the UK’s largest gymnastics competition; we look forward to welcoming you back for our Summer Competition Series. 

We always need volunteers (young leaders age 11+ and adults) so if you would like to get involved for our next competition then please sign up here we would love to have you on our team http://bit.ly/GfAVolunteerSummer 

Are you a judge? Maybe you would like to attend too, we can't run our events without the support of our wonderful judges, please sign up here to work at our events http://bit.ly/Judgeform 

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