At Sugarloaf Gymnastics we offer a
wide range of training options
within Artistic Gymnastics.
Our recreational gymnastics program comprises the following:
Parent & Toddler
Invite Only Gymnastics Stream
This class is suitable for younger children aged 3-6 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.
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. 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.
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 hours per day and are open to children aged 4+ 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.
Parent & Child
Currently runs only on Wednesday 1pm and Thursday 12.55pm during the school year
These sessions allow your child to discover the world of gymnastics with you by their side. You will enjoy unstructured play in a friendly setting with coach guidance on hand. These sessions give parents the chance to have fun with their young children in a safe and stimulating gymnastic environment! Children have time of unstructured play becoming familiar with the equipment. Parents attend with children and there are always qualified coaches in attendance to assist and advise but during this session parents are responsible for their children so must keep an eye at all times. Suitable for young children from crawlers, furniture surfers to walkers, max age is 4 years.
Any child who will be on any equipment, even laying on matting, must be registered for insurance reasons. Parents are welcome to attend with siblings staying in their arms or in a sling/carrier.
To ensure that we are not over booked, you must pre- register (free) prior to attending, payment of €5 per child attending is made at the training centre. For full information click here.
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. Gymnasts in this stream train 4 terms through the year, not taking a break for the summer. All of these programs require the gymnasts to be focused, disciplined and to have the ability to listen to corrections and apply them. To date, our invite only stream just caters for girls as we are predominantly offer a women’s artistic gymnastics (WAG) program. If boys are showing potential we will gladly advise of the closest MAG 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 In House competitions. Currently AR train 2 hours per week. Gymnasts from this group also have the opportunity to progress to our Competitive Team group, training 3-6 hours per week taking part in Gymnastics Ireland Competitions. In the past younger gymnasts in our Advanced Team program, or gymnasts showing strong talent and quick skill development have also joined our Competitive Squad (training 8 – 16 hours per week).
Gymnasts within this program train towards high level skills at a much faster pace than other classes within our Recreation Stream, training 6 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 our competitive squad for gymnasts who cannot commit to the hours needed, or who are ready involved heavily 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 from Petite Potentials moved forward to Junior Squad when ready (girls aged 4-6). 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 Squad.
Competitive 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 9 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 the Competitive Squad hold many titles among them from the Gymnastics Ireland National Competitions. Entry to Squad is strictly by invite only.