Classes

At Sugarloaf Gymnastics we offer a
wide range of training options
within Artistic Gymnastics.

Our gymnastics program comprises the following:

Mini Gym

Gymnastics Camps

Parent & Toddler (not currently running August ’22)

Recreational Gymnastics (non competitive)

Invite Only Competitive Gymnastics Stream

Mini Gym

This class is suitable for younger children aged 3.5-6 yrs starting out in gymnastics. The program offers a great introduction to the sport of gymnastics and is designed to help children channel all of their energy and reach developmental milestones. Participating in gymnastics at a young age has many benefits. Gymnastics requires great strength, balance, flexibility and coordination. These are the cornerstones to sound physical fitness and athletic performance in all sports. There are also many social benefits to participating in gymnastics, the sport requires great discipline and listening skills as well as interaction with other group or team members. Our Mini Gym program puts a lot of focus on these core skills.  Children can receive so many other benefits from joining a gymnastics class, that is not about learning gymnastics skills! These classes run in the early afternoon so that the training centre is quiet to allow for the children to adapt to to attending class on their own and take instruction. Generally Mini Gym is a 45 min class.

 

Throughout the term gymnast will be regularly evaluated on their skills and you will receive an email with their progress which will be viewable in our handy app.

 

Children attend alone without parents.

 

Recreational Gymnastics

Is an introduction to fundamental artistic gymnastics skills on bars, beam, vault, fast track and floor focusing on learning skills safely through a structured gymnastics program which gymnasts can experience progression through their efforts. Classes are taught in an encouraging, non-competitive environment. Children are grouped according to age and in time on ability and train on all apparatus during the term. The emphasis is on developing a love of physical activity through gymnastics, educating in technique and safety as well as developing the flexibility, strength and coordination needed for progress to further more advanced gymnastics skills. Recreational Gymnastics is non competitive, it is all about keeping fit, strong, healthy and flexible. Gymnasts are continually monitored for their suitability to join our competitive gymnastics program which is by invite only at the discretion of the coaching team.Recreational classes are 55 mins – 2 hours depending on experience.

Throughout the term gymnast will be regularly evaluated on their skills and you will receive an email with their progress which will be viewable in our handy app.

Children attend alone without parents.

Gymnastics Camps

Camps run during school midterm breaks (Halloween, Christmas, February and Easter) and during July and August. These take place over 3-4 days for 3 – 3.5 hours per day and are open to children aged 5+ who are complete beginners all the way to advanced gymnasts. Children are grouped by age and ability and have fun working on all apparatus in the gym during their time at camp. During the Summer we also run Mini Gym Camp for children aged 4-5 years which is shorter in length.

Invite Only Stream

The following classes are invite only at the discretion of the coaching team. Gymnasts showing above average skill level and potential may be invited to attend.  All of these programs require the gymnasts to be focused, disciplined and to have the ability to listen to corrections and apply them.

  • Advanced Program
  • Team Program
  • Development Program
  • Squad Program

Advanced Program

Gymnasts within this program will train towards higher level skills at a slightly faster pace than the general recreation classes and will take part in the annual Gymnastics Ireland Floor & Vault competition GymStart. Gymnasts in these groups train between 1 hour 20 mins and 2 hours per week. Gymnasts showing significant improvement have the opportunity to be invited to the Team or Squad Program. Gymnasts in this group train 3 terms per year with optional summer training available.

 

Team Program

Gymnasts within this program train towards high level skills at a much faster pace than other classes within our Recreation Stream, training 3.5 – 7 hours per week. Gymnasts take part in Gymnastics Ireland competitions and must show natural ability in strength, flexibility and skill development. This is often an alternative route to Squad for gymnasts who cannot commit to the hours needed, or who are ready involved in other sports. This is often the perfect route for gymnasts who came to the sport later in life but show great natural ability and potential for development. Gymnasts in this group train 4 terms per year.

 

Development Team

Gymnasts showing showing strong talent and quick skill development may be invited to join the Development Team for ages 5 – 7.   This program places a strong focus on the fundamentals of gymnastics, shaping, strength, power, flexibility to lay down the foundations for fast paced skill development as the gymnasts grow older and move into the Team or Squad program. Gymnasts in this group train 4 terms per year approx 6-7 hours per week.

Squad Team

Entry level to Squad, unless showing exceptional all around potential (strength, flexibility, natural ability etc) at an older age, is aged 6. Squad gymnasts must train 4 terms per year at a high, fast paced level including strong emphasis on strength, conditioning and flexibility. A huge amount of commitment is required on both the parents and gymnasts behalf if holding a place in the Competitive Squad. Gymnasts compete in Gymnastics Ireland competitions and train 8 – 18 hours per week. For the past 12 years Sugarloaf Gymnastics has had representation on the Irish National Squad Team. These gymnasts have competed abroad for Ireland in the UK and Switzerland bringing home medals and trophies. Gymnasts from Squad hold many titles among them from the Gymnastics Ireland National Competitions. Entry to Squad is strictly by invite only.