Joining and General Enquiries

How do I join Sugarloaf Gymnastics?
Visit our page which details the places we have currently available in our classes. Places are listed by day, time, age group and experience. Upon booking, if your required age group returns to you as “unavailable”, this class is currently full. This is on a first come, first serve basis. Places go fast and cannot be reserved.

If you have any other queries visit our contact page, submit your details and we will be in touch in due course. We ask that all queries are submitted by email as we are in the gym teaching until late in the evening and cannot answer the phone, likewise it is best to email rather than call into the gym. Any information we have will be sent via email.

Do you have a waiting list?
We currently have a lot of interest across all of our classes and age groups. Our current availability works on a first come first serve basis so a waiting list is not in place. Please check our current availability page regularly to view places on offer.

Enrolment Process
For our general 45 min, 1 hour, 1.5 hour and 2 hour recreation classes, we run classes through 3 terms between September and June. We continue to enrol during each term should places become available. Unfortunately gymnasts cannot begin on the day of enquiry due to insurance reasons.

Enrolment for September 2017

Places for September 2017 will not be available to book until July 20th. No other information can be supplied prior to this, such as days, times, prices etc. Please do not email looking to reserve a place, you will receive an automated response explaining the above information. We cannot guarantee that places will be available.

Why do some of your places listed in Current Availability require previous gymnastics experience?

Those listed are the places we currently have in new groups or following re-registration from our current members. Some listings require previous gymnastics experience as we cannot put new gymnasts in with a group of gymnasts who have been taking parting classes for a longer period of time. We strive to keep our groups streamed to ability and age level where possible.

At what age can I begin gymnastics classes?
From age 3.5 for girls and 4 years old for boys, all of these classes are drop off only, parents do not stay on site, we have your contact details should there be an emergency. It has been proven that a much better response from children is possible when a parent is not present. Please note that coaches are not permitted in the bathroom with children, so they must be able to do this themselves in order to participate in classes and camps, ensure children go before class. We also hold Parent & Toddler sessions on Wednesdays 1 – 1.55pm during September – June, due to it’s popularity and limited numbers, places must be booked online before attending via the current availability section.

Where and when do classes take place?
Classes run from our full time training centre in Unit C2 Network Enterprise, Kilcoole. With classes running Monday – Saturday.

Do you run Summer Camps?

Yes information on our Summer Program of camps and classes for 2017 can be found here.

Do you take boys for classes?

Yes we do take boys for classes, however we are predominantly a girls club (or Women’s Artistic Gymnastics WAG ) meaning that we have all 4 WAG apparatus, Uneven Bars, Floor, Vault and Beam but do not have all 6 Men’s Artistic Gymnastics (MAG) apparatus (High Bar, Parallel Bars, Pommel Horse, Still Rings) so cannot offer a full boys program. As a result we have a much lower in take of boys classes than girls as we can only coach boys at a basic recreational level.

Where can I find the term dates?

When booking for a new place or re-enrolling please ensure to note down the dates in your diary for the class term which is available on our calendar. Reminders of days off will be posted on our Facebook page. Click on the class description to be redirected to the calendar. For term 1 dates click into September, for Term 2 click into November/December.

Staff

We pride ourselves in having a strong team of staff members with a wealth of experience and qualifications. Our coaches level of knowledge is continually added to, by studying, researching and attending courses, seminars and work shops, so that an improved service may be provided.

Are your coaches Garda Vetted?
Yes, in order to be affiliated under Gymnastics Ireland as a coach, all of our coaches over 18 years old must be Garda Vetted. These Coaches have also attended a Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children’s Sport course and have signed a Sugarloaf Coaches Code of Conduct and aim to abide by the information set out on it.

Are your coaches qualified in First Aid?
A number of our coaches are qualified in First Aid.

Child Liason Officer
In accordance with Gymnastics Ireland Child protection guidelines, we are required to have an appointed Child Liason Officer assigned to the club. This is currently Martina Johnston. Details of the position can be seen on the Gymnastics Ireland website here.

Class Information

What do children wear to gymnastics class?

For girls leotards are preferable but not mandatory. They can be sourced easily online or alternatively we stock our own range of custom made leotards which can be viewed on our Merchandise page. These can be purchased in the gym.  Girls may wear a fitted t-shirt, leggings and no jewellery. Hair must be tied up. Boys may wear shorts or fitted tracksuit bottoms and a t-shirt. For Health and Safety reasons socks are not permitted to be worn during class.  We recommend the following websites for purchasing leotards: The Zone, Quatro, Amazon, Milano Pro Sport. Please do not put younger gymnasts in leotards if they will not be able to manage them while going to the toilet themselves.

Can we speak to our gymnast’s coach?
We ask that you do not approach coaches who are teaching class. Please speak to the coaches at the very beginning or end of class as the gymnasts require our full attention. If you wish to discuss something in length, please email and we can arrange a phone call or another suitable time to talk as we want to maximise our time with the gymnasts during class time.

Should I arrive early?
Please arrive no earlier than 5 minutes before class, likewise do not arrive to collect the gymnasts more than 5 minutes before their class finishes. Parking in the business park is very limited and we operate a quick and swift drop off and collection, please only park in spaces with a Sugarloaf Gymnastics sign marked on them, you will be asked to move your car if parked in another company’s space.  Gymnasts must take part in the warm up in order to be able to take part in class.  Gymnasts may not be dropped off early and left un-attended, equally gymnasts must not be collected late – coaches will generally have another class to teach and cannot look after anyone who is collected late – Sharon or Jamie must be contacted if you are running late to pick your gymnast up.

Do I need to inform the gym if my child has any special needs or medical conditions?
It is very important that we know if your child has any special needs such as a physical disability or behavioural such as ADHD, medical needs such as asthma etc. This gives your child the best opportunity to have a happy, successful gym session as coaches can cater to their needs.

Parking

Parking in the business park is limited. Each company is assigned spaces for their customers, spaces allocated to Sugarloaf Gymnastics are clearly labelled. Please note if you park in the space of another Unit, our staff will ask you to move your car. If a space is not free, loop around, a space should be free as you come back around.

Code of Ethics & Safe Practice

What is your bullying policy?

We have a zero tolerance policy for bullying. If we encounter any issues we will engage parents of gymnasts through our Childrens Officer. As a member of Gymnastics Ireland we follow the guidelines and policies set out by them. We also expect our members to abide by Gymnastics Ireland’s Club Behaviour Guidelines. Further details can be found under the Policy and Welfare Section of their website.

Sugarloaf Gymnastics is committed to creating and maintaining the safest possible environment for young people who participate in gymnastics in our club, which reflects the guidelines contained in Gymnastics Ireland’s Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children in Sport document. The sections of this document can be viewed here.