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Issued 16th March for Summer Term 2018

Dear Parents,

19th Arts Festival Competition
Saturday 24th March - 9am start
One of the highlights of our year will be our nineteenth Arts Festival Competition, seeing over a hundred gymnasts performing their own choreographed routines. Parents & friends may come and watch the competitions, spectating is free.
We thank one of our ex-gymnasts, Anita Hayman of 'Body' in Burgess Hill for judging and sponsorship.

British Gymnastics Awards
Over 120 talented gymnasts will be gaining Awards this term. Some awards take over a year to earn. Parents are welcome to come in ten minutes before the end of the last session of term to watch the presentations.

We have been given a grant by West Sussex County Council, enabling us to reduce the cost of girls leotards from £28 to £20 and the boys kit from £32 to £20. All kits are currently in stock, ready for purchase before the competitions and group photos.

Group Photos
Photos of every group will be taken at the start of May and made available the following week at £1 a page.

Club Championships
Our 35th Annual Championships will take place at the end of the Summer Term. The competitions will take place on the morning of Saturday 7th July, 8.30am - 12.30 p.m. approx.
NB St Lawrence Fair is on 30th June.

We encourage all juniors and above age children to take part if they wish. Entry into the competition is free, as is spectating, which is welcomed. Entries will be arranged by 25th May.

Both boys and girls may chose to enter any or all of the Floor, Vault or Pairs sections. Gymnasts who have their music ready will have the option of additional routine practices on Fridays 15th , 22nd & 29th June from 4 - 6pm.

Competition rules are fairly simple: -
Vault: - two attempts, best score to count.
Floor: - at least ten moves from a supplied list, in a sequence. Routine performed to music.
Pairs: - a routine to include five moves and at least three pair-linked balances each held for three seconds. It should include dance and use instrumental music of 70-90 seconds either from our Club CDs or recorded to the correct time as Track One of their own CD.
We have three CDs of music for routines, available at £2 each.

Autumn Term Classes 2018
There are nearly 50 of our Pre-school children joining Reception in September and needing to move from Pre-school to the after-school Club.

All of the new Reception boys wishing to continue are offered places in the Tuesday 4.30pm class. Please let us know if any will be leaving.

All of the new Reception girls will be offered a place on either Wednesday or Thursday from 4 - 5pm. If you have a firm preference for a day - or are not planning to continue in September, please let us know as we need a balance between the two days. Both the boys and the girls Pre-School classes currently have vacancies for September.

Some parents are still getting out-of date info from our old website - please bookmark our new site :-

Cake Sales
Thank you for supporting our cake sales. This term we have already supported Centre Point, a charity for the homeless in Brighton. There will be another charity in the last week of term and a pop-up cake shop on some more selected days.

Rhythmic Equipment
We currently have for sale, Hoops (£9), Ropes (£4), Balls (£7) and Ribbons (£7), all of which are competition standard.

Please remember that photography and filming of children in the Centre is strictly limited to Club Staff. The only exceptions to this are for just the presentations at the end of Club Competitions.

Joining / Leaving
Please let us know of any children wishing to join. Please tell us straight away of any children either leaving or needing a day change. Places are reserved in main club for all those in Pre-school attaining school age.

Please be aware that Brighton & East Sussex term dates may differ.
27th, 28th & 29th March Award Presentations
Thursday 29th March Term ends
Tuesday 17th April Term starts
Tuesday 29th May – 1st June Half Term (closed)
Fridays 15th, 22nd & 29th June Competition practices between 4 & 6pm
3rd, 4th & 5th July Award Presentations
Friday 6th July Term ends & Pre-school presentations
Saturday 7th July 35th Championships, 8.30am start

Fees remain unchanged again at £40 for Main Club and £35 for Pre-school. Please help us save time and send these to the first session, ensuring cash is in a named envelope.
You may also pay by BACS :-
Account name HGC Sort code 20-49-76
Account 33501949 Reference Your Childs name

‘One Club rule’
Please remember our ‘one-club' rule - we do not accept children who attend another gym club at the same time as us (apart from school clubs) - though children may join and leave us as they wish.

All the coaches and helpers at Hurstpierpoint Gymnastics Club wish you a happy Easter break.

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