About us, our aims and policies

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'Exeter Gymnastics Club
Members Handbook'

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'Exeter Gymnastics Club Group Organisation Tree'
'The Gymnastics Journey with Exeter Gymnastics Club'

Exeter GC is a Registered Charity (294294) and is managed by the Coaching Director Mike Euridge (EOGC) and staffed by qualified paid and voluntary coaches who are supported by the voluntary committee of Trustees elected at the AGM each November.

The Club premises are owned by the memberships, held in trust by Holding Trustees and leased to Mike who is charged to provide gymnastics for as many members as possible, to all abilities and to the level of their potential. The Club Policy Statement is displayed on the notice board along with the Registration Certificate to the National Governing Body of Gymnastics.

Exeter Gymnastics Club has a proud pedigree of achievement at county, regional, national and even international level. Former and current members have competed successfully at the Commonwealth Games, World Student Games, Internationals and annual National Championships, in team and individual events. The coaching director is a member of the National Coaching Panel and coached at girls and boy's national squad training sessions and serves on the regional executive committee.

The Club has a policy of regularly inviting foreign coaches to support the training programme for extended periods, former visiting coaches have come from China, Russia, Romania, Bulgaria, Germany and Holland. The Club has frequently participated in exchanges with French, Romania, Dutch and Belgian Clubs. The Club is dedicated to enjoyment and excellence in sport for life.

The aim of the club is to provide a safe, effective and child friendly environment in which the members can participate in Pre-School, General and Artistic Gymnastics activities under the guidance of appropriately qualified coaches.

We operate an open philosophy and welcome the support of parents or guardians. Wherever possible we will enable you to observe training sessions provided that it does not contravene our Health and Safety Regulations. There are two annual open weeks one in February and one in September for parents to watch recreational sessions. We also encourage and value parental involvement in the club.

The members of the club are organised into groups according to their age, gender, ability, experience and individual needs and coaches will be pleased to discuss the training programmes and your child's needs with you (see the club 'Group Organisation Tree' below).

We provide a child centred, coach led programme and will endeavour to help your child develop to their optimum level of performance. Our coaches are all British Gymnastics qualified coaches at the appropriate level and have been screened for their suitability to work with children. A Welfare Officer has been appointed by the club to deal with any safety issues, a picture and the name of the present Welfare Officer is displayed on the Club notice board. Arrangements should be made to escort your child to and from training sessions and events. We would appreciate your child arriving on time for training and being collected promptly at the end of the session.

Training times allocated and fees required are listed on your joining letter, but if you have questions then please contact the coaching director or Club Administrator. The registration fee includes annual Club and BG Membership and the appropriate insurance for your child and the club.

Participants are required to be appropriately dressed in gymnastic attire, at least shorts & t-shirt, but sensitive discretion within the bounds of reasonable safety, will be shown in particular circumstances.

The club has adopted the BG policies for Child Protection, Equity and Codes of Conduct and all officials, coaches, members and parents must adhere to these policies. Copies of these are contained in the Members Handbook (see below) and displayed on the club notice board. Please be advised that the club reception, viewing area and training areas are covered by recorded CCTV. Parents wishing to take photographs in the club must read the BG policy and sign the photography register.