Milton Keynes Gymnastics. 22nd December 2021
GOOD NEWS AND BAD
First 2 bits of good news.We are pleased to announce that at long last, Planning Permission has been granted for our new Gymnastic and Table Tennis Centre to be built in Brooklands.The Community Foundation is in the process of drawing down the land and we hope that we will start the actual building of the new gym in the Spring of next year.As you can imagine with such a huge project there is a lot of work to be done before the place is built and we can move in.We will keep you posted on developments.Can we thank all parents who sent in positive comments to the Planning Authority.
Secondly, we are pleased to announce that we have reached agreement with Orbit Trampoline Club who are leaving their current home in Bletchley Leisure Centre and joining us at MK Gym Centre on 1st January.We will be merging with them and all our current Trampolinists will be transferred to the new Club.As those of you with children that take part in Trampoline lessons know, we have struggled this last year with consistency of coaching staff since Paul Wolfe retired.The change on 1st January will bring good quality coaches into the building and provide the consistency we need.We welcome Orbit to the gym.
Now some bad news.Two of our long-standing coaches are leaving us on 31st December.Charlotte Atkinson has been with the club as Gymnast, Coach and Manager for about 20 years.We would like to thank her for all her hard work and wish her all the very best for the future.We are also losing Mikey French who has also been with us for many years.However, he has made it clear that he wishes to continue to help the club, in particular with the new build. He will also be coaching from time to time.Again we would like to take the opportunity of saying a big thank you.
The immediate future after Xmas with Covid is uncertain, but we are determined that we will carry on and adjust to whatever new regulations or changes are imposed.We have been training up new coaches and staff over the past 12 years so that whilst we are losing 2 of our most experienced team we will be able to continue to deliver the quality gymnastics you have come to expect.
May I take this opportunity on behalf of the Trustees and all the staff at the Gym to thank you all for your continued support and wish you a pleasant and happy Christmas and best wishes for 2022.Keep safe and healthy.
Chair of Charity Trustees
Megan Kealy Crowned World Champion
Megan Kealy from Milton Keynes Gymnastics, travelled to Baku, Azerbaijan last week to the 35th Trampoline & Tumbling World Championships. This was her first international event in two years due to the coronavirus pandemic, so nerves and emotions were certainly high heading into this event.
On the first day of competition Megan lead her team into the Team Finals and guaranteed her place in the individual finals qualifying in second place overall. With all of this Team GB also qualified into the all-around team final which now meant Megan had three more events to compete in.
On Friday 19th November Megan stepped up last for the team and secured a 3rd place bronze place medal with another exceptional routine. Showing her skill, composure, and professionalism all round.
Saturday 20th November saw the main event for the senior women in the individual finals. All athletes were required to bring their very best routines and Megan certainly did that. Setting the bar very high with a score of 34.400 for her first routine she was leading the way into the second routines. With a final pass of 33.400 Megan Kealy was crowned the new Senior World Champion. She is one of only three to ever win this title for Great Britain and the youngest to do it. This was a long time coming after stepping up to her first senior event in 2018 and showing what she is made of Megan has gone from strength to strength in the Tumbling world proving she is a force to be reckoned with. After a long wait of np competitions this was the icing on the cake and proves that hard work, grit, and determination can help in achieving your goals.
This was not the end of Megans competition as she was highest qualifier for team GB this required her to compete in the team all around again completing a fantastic routine helping team GB to another 3rd Place Bronze medal.
Everyone at Milton Keynes Gymnastics is extremely proud of Megan, especially personal Coach Mikey French. You have achieved so much and there’s still so much more to give.
Milton Keynes Gymnastics.
16th November 2021
We had our first Covid transmission within the gym following the “Fright Night” on Halloween.We have taken action to contain this and once again our protocols have ensured there was no further spread.We continue to get positive cases from outside the gym and so we are continuing with our cautious approach.
The watching week went well and so we are going to Continue this for December onwards.
The dates of the watching weeks are as follows.
Planned Parent Spectating Weeks
13th December 2021
18th December 2021
17th January 2022
22nd January 2022
14th February 2022
19th February 2022
14th March 2022
19th March 2022
18th April 2022
23rd April 2022
16th May 2022
21st May 2022
Please note that from 1st January we will be reinstating the fee for spectator entry of £1 per night. This is to defray the extra expenditure on cleaning, admin etc.December week will be free entry.The rules for entry remain the same.You must produce your Covid Pass or a negative Lateral Flow Test at reception to be allowed entry.
We are also holding an in-house competition for all gymnasts on Sunday 19th December.This is the gymnast’s chance to show everyone what they have learnt over the past 6 months.Entry to the competition for option 1 gymnasts is free.Entry to watch will be £5 per adult, free for children.
Finally I can now confirm that all coaches /staff have taken the vaccination.
Gift Aid: Milton Keynes Gymnastics 20/08/2021
Gift Aid Explained
Gift Aid is a government led initiative to help sports clubs achieve this, by allowing clubs to earn additional income from donations. For charities this can also include membership payments.
What is Gift Aid?
The Government allows tax relief on money donated to UK charities. Across the country this totals almost £1bn a year to support these good causes. When people make payments to a charity, it's usually from a household income they've been taxed on. Charities are entitled to reclaim the equivalent of the basic rate of tax. In effect, for £1 donated to the charity, including membership payments, there is the possibility of claiming a further 25p from the Government.
Do all donations qualify?
your contribution in any year to qualify for Gift Aid, you must have
paid an equal or greater amount of tax in that year. Individuals making
these private donations will also need to submit a Gift Aid declaration
(this includes payments made through membership fees).
Please Gift Aid it!
By taking advantage of available sources of extra revenue to the club such as Gift Aid, we can generate funds for the club, with no additional financial burden to you, our members.
The Government is allowing you, if you are a UK taxpayer, to allocate a small proportion of your tax towards supporting our club.
There is no further cost to you!
But the club will be entitled to claim back a little of your tax from the Government to help support the club
So if you are a taxpayer (and responsible for paying the membership fees), to enable this to happen please submit the gift aid declaration form, or email the club stating you are happy to gift aid. Download the GIFT AID form HERE!
Milton Keynes Gymnastics. Coronavirus 15th July 2021
This is our 26th Newsletter since Covid began and it is pleasing to note that we may be entering the end game.However, it is also apparent that there will be a few rocky months before we truly return to some normality.The government ceasing all restriction from 19th July is not going to mean the gym will be back to normal.The wave of cases currently increasing massively amongst children and the under 30’s will make July and August very difficult.
The Trustees have decided that they cannot relax all the rules immediately and that the health and welfare of all the children using the gym is paramount.So for the moment we will still be following the rules set out below. We have had one or two parents being rude to staff because of isolation rules. This is unacceptable. One change we will be making from 1st August is that instead of coming to the Fire Door for drop off all should come to the normal Reception door through the Atrium.Exit will continue through the Fire Door by the Tumble Track.Please note that parents are not allowed past Reception and upstairs remains closed.The Trustees will review this at the end of August and issue a further Newsletter..
The Covid protocols remain exactly the same.Your child should not attend if he/she or anyone in the family has Covid symptoms or has been in contact with children who have Covid. Temperature will be taken on entry and hands must be sanitised on entry and exit.Adults may not enter the gym and you should drop off at Reception. Can I also remind you that the car park near the entrance is for dropping off only and you should not park there for more than 10 minutes maximum.The Car Park to the side of the building is for picking up and the far side car park is for anyone who wishes to wait up.The road can also be used for this purpose.Please do not pick up or wait around in the drop off car park as this causes significant problems and crowding for those legitimately trying to drop off their child.These rules apply equally to Parkour.
All adult staff are in the process of being vaccinated and in the meantime being tested at least twice a week and continue to wear masks in the gym.We want to try to minimise the disruption to gym classes by children having to isolate and miss lessons. Staff are doing their bit to stop the spread and your help in keeping your child at home if there are symptoms or has been told to self-isolate, is vital.The next 8 weeks will be difficult and the expected explosion of cases is bound to cause some disruption.Your patience and support would be most appreciated.
Finally can I remind you all that Club Membership is due on the 1st September and invoices will be sent out during August for payment in September.The Club membership for the year is £25 for Recreational children and £15 for Squad and Pre School.The membership for Squad is lower because they have to pay BG membership in October whereas Recreational children do not as the club membership fee provides the Insurance for the year.
Can I remind all parents that chose Option 1 (to continue paying full fees) that you receive a full credit for the Membership fee (either £15 or £25).New gymnasts and those who chose option 2 will need to pay the membership before 30th September.
If you have any questions about the content of this newsletter please contact the gym on firstname.lastname@example.org or your child’s coach.
Chair of Charity Trustees.
Milton Keynes Gymnastics based in Kingston is delighted to have taken delivery of new equipment especially purchased for the disabilities group at the centre.
The equipment was funded through in house fund raising, and precious grants from MK Community Foundation’s Margaret Powell Community 1st Fund.
Mk Gymnastics Director Gary Winder said’ This new, specially ordered equipment will help provide the best possible experience to the disability gymnasts programme, ensuring that gymnastics is adapted to meet each child’s individual needs. It enables us to provide up to date, fun, cognitive learning experience in a more engaging environment at every lesson.
It was used for the first time by some of the centre’s disability gymnasts for the first-time last Saturday, as they returned to their classes for the first time since Covid 19 closed them 16 months ago!
Head Disabilities coach Denise Phillips said’ Firstly, I would like to say a huge thank you for the well-received grant that was awarded to our disabilities section. To be able to work with equipment which has been bought specifically with disabilities in mind, has allowed our team of coaches to provide a higher level and more varied programme for all our gymnasts. All our gymnasts were so excited when they first saw the new equipment, especially the sectional vaults, platforms, and soft-landing mats. I would personally like to thank MK Community Foundation and The Board of Trustees here at MK Gym for awarding us this grant which has been very much appreciated.’
“This new, specially-designed mini-bus will help us provide the best possible service to older people in Newport Pagnell for many years to come. We’d like to thank everyone involved and especially the Harry Middleton Trust, MK Community Foundation and the members of the public who supported us in the Tesco blue token scheme. The grants we received and the money we won helped us get the mini-bus into service as soon as possible.”
Jack Leahy Crowned World Tumbling Champion
Jack celebrates as he is crowned World Champion in the 15-16 age category. After a year of hard work, pushing through injuries and setbacks, he and his coach has achieved their goal.
Six Gymnasts Selected For World Championships from
Milton Keynes Gymnastics
Tom Wilson Invitational International Competition
Great results at the Tom Wilson International with some outstanding gymnastics. We have overall champions by the names of Jamie Ward, Mathew Ingram, Peter O'Brien and Ethan Clarke.
For more information, click here.
Tumbling British Championships September 2018
17 gymnasts qualify for the British with 10 qualifying into the finals
2 x British Champions
2 x Silver Medals
2 x Bronze Medals
For the full report, click here.
Mens Artistic Boys enjoy Regional Success.
MK have two regional champions and five qualifying for National Finals!
Eric Breslin and Ethan Clarke claimed Gold in Club Level 3 and Elite Level 2 respectively, whilst Cameron Barnes, William Jefcoate-Scholes and Jamie Ward all qualified for National Finals in November 2018.
For the full report, click here.
The BEST in the WORLD train at Milton Keynes!
Megan Kealy is celebrating the ultimate accolade a sports person could dream of as she is crowed World Champion at the recent World Championships held in Sofia, Bulgaria earlier this month.
The club are also celebrating other World medallists too with Jack Leahy coming a spectacular Second and Naana Oppon bringing Team GB home the Bronze. Jack Leahy missed out on the coveted World Champion position as his fellow GB teammate narrowly beat him to Gold. Naana Oppon secured bronze place for GB behind Russia and Australia which is a tremendous achievement considering she was carrying an ankle injury. Six tumblers from Milton Keynes Gymnastics competed and all six of them qualified for the World Finals. The final placements of the MK 6 were:
Naana Oppon – 11-12 Girls. 3rd Place, Malakai Bojang – 11-12 Boys. 7th Place
Jack Leahy – 13-14 Boys. 2nd Place, Megan Kealy – 17-21 Girls. 1st Place
Will Breslin – 17-21 Boys. 7th Place, Ben Goodall – 17-21 Boys. 8th Place.
Tumbling, British Championships, September 2017
The MK tumbling team had a very successful Championships in Liverpool. Below are all our tumblers that medalled at this prestigious event - THE BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIPS! There are many others that placed between 4th and 11th which is also a huge achievement! Our medallists were:
Freddy Liggins - 3rd
Brooke Bedford - 3rd
Mali Bojang - 3rd
Naana Oppon - 1st
Jack Leahy - 2nd
Ben Goodall - 2nd
Mens Artistic, South Region Qualifiers, September 2017
We are proud to announce that we have 4 gymnasts who have qualified for National Finals which are being held in Birmingham in November. These are:
Club Level 2: Cameron Barnes, qualified 6th.
Elite Level 1: William Jefcoate-Scholes, qualified 3rd, Thomas Burford qualified 4th.
Elite Level 2: Emilio Lagoia, qualified 2nd.
Womens Artistic, South Region Regional Finals, September 2017
Ellyssa Nicolls did the gym proud by winning the Overall Bronze Medal. Fantastic routines from Ellyssa and the entire team. Well done girls and a huge congratulations to coach Kati.
Mens Artistic, London Open, September 2017
Cameron Barnes put MK Gym on the Map at the prestigious London Open this month! Cameron's Pommel routine won him a Silver Medal in the Club Level 2 category. Well done Cameron!
Tumbling, Scalabis Cup, Portugal, July 2017
The following MK tumblers competed for TeamGB and all won Gold!
Naana Oppon, 1st
Jack Leahy, 1st
Open Senior Male
Will Breslin, Team Gold
Trampolining, NDP National Finals, July 2017
1st Place - Jenna Torrie NDP8 13-14 girls
1st Place - Evie Colquhoun NDP6 13-14 girls
3rd Place - Callum Hiett NDP6 13-14 boys
3rd Place - Nathalie Hardy NDP3 11-12 girls
Bucks County Comp, Womens Artistic, June 2017
Tumbling, Loule Cup Portugal Selection.
The following MK tumblers have been selected to compete in Portugal for GREAT BRITAIN!
South Region Championships, May 2017, Mens Artistic
Nicholas Jones, 1st on P-bars
William Jefcoate-Scholes, 3rd Overall, 2nd on Rings, 3rd on P-Bar and 3rd on High Bar
Max Gardner, 2nd Floor, 1st on Vault
Thomas Burford, 3rd on High Bar.
Emilio Lagioia, 1st on Floor, 2nd on High Bar
Eric Breslin, 2nd on Rings, 1st on P-Bar
Cameron Barnes, 3rd on Rings
Trampolining Success! Feb 2017
Our super trampolinists have had great success at the Regional Grades with all 7 of them qualifying for the regional team selection event in March:
Callum Hiett, 13-14 NDP6 - 1st
Evie Colquhoun, 13-14 NDP6 - 1st
Amber Phillips, 9-10 NDP2 - 1st
Ellie Chapman, 11-12 NDP3 - 1st
Emma Cooper, 11-12 NDP2 - 2nd
Nathalie Hardy, 12-12 NDP3 - 2nd
Amelia Hemming, 13+ NDP4 - 7th
Their coach Paul Wolfe said 'They all looked great! Pretty much all of them scored 8 or above in their routines. Evie, Callum and Amber all moved up a grade from January's comp and still came first. I am very proud of all of them!'
MK Gymnasts Tumble Into History Books
This year’s Tumbling British Championships was set to be a spectacular event, held at the prestigious Echo Arena, Liverpool from the 1st – 3rd July 2016. Over the course of the year gymnasts from all over the country including international guests have battled it out over two qualification events to earn their spot in the top sixteen to head in to the British Championships. Milton Keynes Gymnastics had eighteen successful athletes gain their place making them one of the biggest clubs in the country attending the event.
Trampoline Results - Stoke Elite Trampoline Club, June 2016
The MK gym trampoline team visited Stoke Elite Trampoline Club for an open invitational competition on the 11th and 12th June 2016. We took 9 competitors and came away with 6 golds, 2 silvers and a bronze medal! It's clear to say that everyone had a great comp!
NDP1 under 13 - Hannah Lingard 1st
NDP2 under 11 - Ellie Chapman 1st
NDP3 under 15 - Amelia Hemming 3rd
NDP5 under 15 - Callum Hiett 1st
NDP6 under 15 - Natalie Cooper 1st
NDP1 under 9 - Lucy Lingard 1st
NDP1 under 11 - Emma Cooper
Open Elite Under 13 - Isaac Cheney 2nd
Open Elite 13 and over - Jenna Torrie 2nd
Tumbling - British Championships 2016 Qualifying Success
18 Tumblers qualified for British Championships for Milton Keynes Gymnastics.
On the 16th – 17th April and 7th – 8th May 2016 Milton Keynes Gymnastics attended their hugely anticipated Spring Series Events, the first of the two held at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry and second at the fantastic EIS, Sheffield for their chance to obtain the qualifying score for their age group and finish in the top sixteen overall in the Elite categories. This by no means is an easy task with clubs from all over the country fighting out to get their chance to attend the British Championships which will be held at the amazing Echo Arena, Liverpool on the 1st – 3rd July 2016.
The trampolining team from MK Gymnastics put on a good show at the second Southern Region qualifier of 2016 held in Bletchley.
At Level 1, 9-10, Emma Cooper continued her good form from the first qualifying round and was placed second against 25 other competitors. In her first ever competition, new recruit Grace Watson missed out on a medal position by just 0.1 coming in a very respectable 4th overall.
Amelia Hemming, the team’s newest member of the squad, who has only been with us for two weeks was up for the challenge of competition. After falling in her first routine at Level 1, 11-12, she held her nerve during her second routine and was placed 22nd out of 26.
At Level 2, 9-10 two good routines by Ellie Chapman saw her placed a comfortable 2nd. Callum Hiett’s two high scoring routines assured him the top spot at Level 5, 11-12. Natalie Cooper executed her two difficult routines to a good standard and was placed 1st at Level 6, 11-12.
Emma, Grace, Ellie, Callum and Natalie qualified to go forward and compete in the Southern region team qualifier for a chance to represent the Southern region in the regional team finals.
The performers in the picture are: (top row, left to right) Amelia Hemming, Callum Hiett and Natalie Cooper. (bottom row, left to right) Grace Watson, Ellie Chapman and Emma Cooper.
Gold medals all round on the Isle of Wight
The trampolining team from MK Gymnastics came away from the first Southern Region qualifier of 2016 with four out of four gold medals.
In her first ever competition, and against a strong field, 8 year old Emma Cooper held her nerve to take the top spot at Level 1, 9-10 with two high scoring routines.
Ellie Chapman’s proficient performances saw her placed first at Level 2, 9-10. Two solid routines by Callum Hiett earned him first place at Level 5, 11-12. Natalie Cooper took gold at Level 6, 11-12 with her most difficult routines to date.
Coach Paul Wolfe said: “The squad have started 2016 strongly and to come away with four out of four golds is a spectacular achievement. We hope to continue the winning streak at the second Southern Region qualifier to be held at Bletchley Leisure Centre later this month.”
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Milton Keynes Gymnastics Charity Golf Open
DATE TBC, Abbey Hill Golf Club
We are holding a Fundraising Golf day for our gym club. For the cost of £40, you get 18 holes and a hot meal. This is open to everyone and more information can be found via emailing Bradley Smith on firstname.lastname@example.org
We will confirm the exact date soon!