Middleton Gymnastics Club was first established in 1986. We are a voluntary run, community organisation and are responsible for all our own running costs. Our Coaches and supporting volunteers get only little expenses or nothing for all the hard work they put in.
Head Coach Glenn Prendergast has passionately led the club for over 30 years and fought for the club to maintain premises in Middleton and continue to be a fun and safe environment for young gymnast. Many of the coaching staff have been gymnasts themselves at Middleton and developed themselves to be level 1, 2, or 3 coaches and judges.
We also have a team of very dedicated volunteers many of whom have been involved with the club since their children were gymnasts; some now have grandchildren as gymnasts. We have also created a parents committee who are dedicated to the fundraising and development of the club. If you would like to be involved please see details of future meetings and contact details displayed around the gym or alternatively on our website at www.middletongymnasticsclub.co.uk, as much or as little support is welcomed.
As a not for profit community organisation we occassionally need to hold fundraising events/activities where parents and member involvement is necessary and essential, with an expection that every member will get involved. If you can spare the time or resources to help in anyway please speak to any of our coaches or other volunteers.
What we do for you
The aim of the club is to provide a safe, effective and child friendly environment in which the members can participate under guidance of appropriate qualified coaches; this has been recognised with our affiliation to the British Gymnastics Associations Gym Mark. Our facilities are an open environment which provides you with the opportunity to observe training sessions provided that it does contravene our health and safety policies.
We have a clear development structure for gymnasts to follow, they are organised into groups/classes according to age, gender, ability and individual needs and coaches will be pleased to discuss pathways and training programmes with you.
We have appointed a Welfare officer to deal with any child protection/poor practice issues and to ensure the club maintains its child centred approach. Details of the Welfare Officer can be found on the website and on the notice board in the gym.
The club has adopted the British Gymnastics Club policies for Child Protection, Health Safety and Welfare and Equity. We also have a code of conduct for all officials, coaches, members and parents which are included in this pack and must be adhered to. Other policies can be viewed in the gym. Please ask for details.
The first 2-4 weeks (depending on start date within the month) fees are paid on a weekly basis, after this time fees are payable on a monthly basis by standing order on either the 1st or 15th day of the month they are due. (A standing order form for you to complete and pass to your bank will be given to you when you arrive).
Fee’s become due on the 1st day of each calendar month, an additional administration fee of £5.00 will be chargable for each calendar month fees are overdue. Middleton Gymnastics Club reserve the rights to either suspend or cancel your training/membership for late or non-payment of fees over 30 days without prior notice.
Please be aware should your membership be cancelled by the club for non-payment of fees or other incurred charges, Middleton Gymnastics Club are entitled to refer the total outstanding balance to a debt management company for recovery.
What else you need to know
1. Gymnast Arrival & Departure
1. Parents must escort their children in to the gym to be signed in and signed out unless pre-arranged.
1.2. Gymnasts should arrive promptly to each training session to ensure a full warm up, unless pre-arranged and at the discretion of the club; members will not be permitted to train one the session has started.
1.3. Parents must arrive promptly when collecting their children from training sessions. It is at the discretion of the club to add additional charge(s) if a parent is persistently late.
2. Attendance & Holidays
2. If your child is to be absent due to illness, common gymnastics injury, injury sustained outside of training or a reason that is not considered to be long term please notify us by either telephone, a direct massage such as messenger, SMS or online at www.middletongymnasticsclub.co.uk prior to your child’s session (please do not post on the clubs group facebook page).
2.1. In the event that your child is unable to attend due to long term illness or injury please notify us as soon as possible so we can make arrangements to suspend or amend payments (this is at the discretion of the club).
2.2. Should your child be absent for more them two weeks without notification for any reason, MGC are entitled to cancel your membership and offer your place to a new member without prior notice.
2.3. Please notify us of any holidays you have booked. For the duration of your holiday fees will still apply, we do however close for periods such as Christmas and bank holidays, these closures have already be included within your monthly subscription.
2.4 If your child is selected as part of our competitive squad they are expected to attend a minimum of 80% of session within the calendar year, with exception to 2.1
3. Clothing, Training Accessories & Personal Belongings
3. Appropriate clothing should be worn for training such as leotards or a tight fitting t-shirt and shorts. Long hair should be tied back and no jewellery or smart watches are permitted.
3.1. Leotards, tracksuits and merchandise can be purchased and a weekly payment plan can be arranged to spread the cost. Please ask for details
3.2. If your child is selected as part of our competitive squad they will be required to have a club leotard and tracksuit ready for competitions.
3.3. It is your responsibility to ensure your child has the appropriate training aids such as ankle weights, hand guards, gloves/loops & chalk for them to best benefit from each session. This is especially important for our competitive squad members.
3.4 Middleton Gymnastics Club does not accept any responsibility for members, parents, volunteers belongings brought to, left, damaged or lost at the club.
3.5 Any items such as pre-owned clothing or leotards you wish to display for sale at the club are solely your responsibility and Middleton Gymnastics Club are not liable for any damage, loss or replacement of any items.
3.6 Any training accessories order through the club may need to be paid for in full when ordering, but all items must be paid for in full before collection
4.1 COACHES, OFFICIALS & VOLUNTEERS
1.Consider the well-being and safety of participants before the development of performance
2. Develop an appropriate working relationship with performers based on mutual trust and respect
3. Hold the appropriate, valid qualifications and insurance cover
4. Make sure all activities are appropriate to the age, ability and experience of those taking part and ensure all participants are suitably prepared physically and mentally when learning new skills
5. Display consistently high standards of behavior and appearance, dressing suitably and not using inappropriate language at any time whilst involved with club activities
6. Never consume alcohol immediately before or during training or events
7. Obtain prior agreement from the parent/guardian of performers before transporting them anywhere (training/competitions)
8. Never have performers stay overnight at your home
9. Never exert undue influence over performers to obtain personal benefit or reward
10. Always report any incidents, referrals or disclosures immediately, following the appropriate guidelines set out in the BG Child Protection Policy 2004
11. Never condone rule violations or use of prohibited substances
12. Make sure that confidential information is not divulged unless with the express approval of the individual concerned
13. Promote the positive aspects of the sport (eg: fair play)
14. Encourage performers to value their performance and not just results
Follow all guidelines laid down by BG and Middleton Gymnastics Club
4.2 PARENTS & GUARDIANS
1. Encourage your child to learn the rules and participate within them
2. Discourage challenging / arguing with officials
3. Publicly accept officials’ judgment
4. Help your child to recognise good performance, not just results
5. Set a good example by recognising good sportsmanship and applauding the performances off all
6. Never force your child to take part in sport
7. Always ensure your child is dressed appropriately for the activity and has plenty to drink
8. Keep the club informed if your child is ill or unable to attend sessions
9. Endeavour to establish good communication with the club, coaches and officials through the approved channels
10. Use correct and proper language at all times
11. Never punish or belittle a child for poor performance or making mistakes
12. Always collect your child promptly at the end of a session
13. Support your child’s involvement and help them to enjoy their sport.
As a member of Middleton Gymnastics Club you are expected to abide by the following club rules:
1. All members must participate within the rules and respect coaches, Judges and their decisions
2. All members must respect opponents and fellow club members
3. Members should keep the agreed timings for training and competitions or inform their coach, or if they are going to be late.
4. Members must wear suitable attire for training and events as agreed with their coach. Keep all long hair tied back. Remove all body jewelry
5. Members must pay any fees for training or events promptly
6. Members must not smoke, consume alcohol or take drugs of any kind whilst representing the club at competitions or other events
7. Members should treat all equipment with respect
8. Members must inform the head coach of any injuries or illness they may have before the warm-up begins
9. Members must not eat or chew gum during sessions
10. Members must not use bad language
11. Members should remain with coaches at the end of a session until collected by their parent or guardian
4. Codes of Conduct.
We are fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the well-being of all our members. The club believes it is important that members, coaches, administrators and parents associated with the club should, at all times, show respect and understanding for the safety and welfare of others. Therefore members are encouraged to be open at all times and share concerns or complaints that they may have about any aspect of the club with the nominated Welfare Officer. Details of Welfare Officers are displayed in the gym.
The essence of good ethical conduct and practice is summarised below. All club Coaches, Officials and Volunteers, Parent and Participants must:-
INSURANCE & MEMBERSHIP
It is a requirement that every participant has adequate insurance and this is provided by our governing Sports Body — British Gymnastics. All new members are granted a 2 week probationary period before they are required to register with British gymnastics online at
No member will permitted to participate in a session without current
British Gymnastics Insurance.
The registration system on the British Gymnastics website is quick and easy to use and is mobile friendly. British Gymnastics will activate membership and insurance cover immediately. Should you experience any problems please speak to them directly:
BRITISH GYMNASTICS SUPPORT CONTACT DETAILS
British Gymnastics Customer Services 0345 129 7129 Email: [email protected]
Website & Live Chat at: www.british-gymnastics.org
MGC & NW Gymnastics Membership
In line with the British Gymnastics Insurance MGC have the annual club membership and the North West Gymnastics Membership which is paid separately to your child’ s British Gymnastics Insurance
The membership period runs from 1st October—30th September annually and is revised on a quarterly basis throughout the year. This is payable directly to Middleton Gymnastics Club (either cash or by bank transer)
Personal Information & Contact Details
It is your responsibility to inform MGC of any changes that may occur such as medical conditions, contact information, address etc. You will also need to update British gymnastics to ensure the validity of your insurance.
4.4 Middleton Gymnastics Clubs operates a 3 Strike behavior policy. Minor or first instances will receive a verbal warning, second or continued issues; a member will be issued with a formal written warning. Third incident will result in a cancellation of membership. Dependant on the severity or nature of the incident Middleton Gymnastics Club may automatically issue a written warning or immediately terminate your membership.
5.1 Middleton Gymnastics Club will not provide or administer any medication, should your child require any medication prescribed by medical professional during a session, the parent or guardian is required to stay throughout the duration of the session.
5.2 Any member on prescribed medication (such as anti-biotics) should only participate if you have sought medical advice to confirm there are no side effects that may cause risk of injury or by participating in gymnastic activities will not have a negative impact on health.
5.3 Members with asthma should ensure they bring their own prescribed in-hailer to each session.
6. Imagery, Electronic Devices & Systems
6.1 Middleton Gymnastics Club is keen to promote the sport of gymnastics like to take photographs to promote achievements and capture children participating/competing in the gym and at competition venues, trips, fundraising events and disco/presentation evenings.
6.2 All Photos, videos will be published in line with the guidance contained in the BG Child Protection Policy 2004 on Use of Photographsand Recorded Images and the Health, Safety and Welfare Policy 2005 on Use of Imagery on the Internet.
6.3 Members use of mobile phones, smart watches or other devices is not permitted during training sessions unless for a specific purpose which has been pre-arranged with a lead coach.
6.4 Please be aware Middleton Gymnastics Club have internal and external CCTV in operation.
7. Leaving MGC
7. It is your responsibility to inform MGC should you wish you leave/cancel your membership and fees are payable until the last day of the month you notified us. On cancellation of your membership we will notify British Gymnastics and un-attach you from MGC as your primary club, your insurance be may suspended by BG until the expiry date of its current term (This can be transferred or reactivated should you move to another club).
7.1. MGC will notify you should we cancel your membership, and as such fees are still payable until the end of the current calendar month.
7.2. On cancellation of your membership either by you or the club both fees, BG Insurance or other annual membership payments are non-refundable.
7.3. Any outstanding fees or other incurred charges may be passed to a third party debt collection agency after 30 days of cancelling your membership if left unpaid.