The Coach Education Programme is a scheme set up by the Head Coach, Andi Revell, for people who are eager and willing to be Coaches of Gymnastics and Trampolining. It is open to anyone in the Community and no prior experience is necessary. AAAsports will provide the British Gymnastics Coaching Courses and if you pass, you will be guaranteed work for at least 1 year!! Many candidates who joined the Coach Education Programme have gone on to work with AAAsports Full Time!
We spoke with AAAsports Coach, Dan Carr, who took part in the Coach Education Programme in 2015 to find out his thoughts.
How did you hear about the Coach Education Programme?
Gymnastics was something I had been interested in for a while. I was taking part in the University Trampoline and Gymnastics Team at the time and one of the Coaches there had mentioned it and advised me to apply.
What Coaching Courses were you enrolled on?
In 2015, AAAsports put me through my Level 1 Gymnastics and Trampoline Qualifications. I was assigned a Mentor in both disciplines and worked closely with them to learn how to Coach the skills. In 2016, I was then enrolled on the Level 2 Trampoline Course which helped me to improve my technical knowledge, learn to Coach harder skills and enabled me to take up more work for AAAsports.
How long did the Programme last for you?
The Level 1 Coaching Courses were all 3 days long, and the Level 2 was 4 days long. After these days, you are given a 3 month period to work with your Mentor. I attended the classes once a week, although if you wanted to do more, you could. We all had to complete a Log Book, which is like a record of what you have been doing, including Class Plans and Feedback from your Mentor. After the Assessment (which sounded really scary but wasn't), I was then given classes to Coach.
What do you think it takes to be a good Coach?
I think Candidates need to be enthusiastic! It is really important to AAAsports that all their classes are fun and engaging, whilst offering a challenging environment to help Members progress. Coaches need to be outgoing, approachable and eager to learn. They also need to have good time keeping skills and be reliable as it is vital all our Classes start on time and Members can build a rapport with their Key Coach!
How has the Coach Education Programme helped you?
Since passing my Level 1 Assessments, I have been offered around 10 hours Coaching per week. This increased once I passed my Level 2 as it allowed me to run Outreach Classes i.e., going into After School Clubs. I recently took part in the Level 3.1 Trampoline Coaching Course which was really exciting as the skills were a lot harder and it will allow me to help Members in my Class progress.
I was also recently offered a Full Time Contract with AAAsports which has allowed me to help out at AAAHQ, learning what goes on behind the scenes!! The Coach Education Programme was an amazing opportunity and I really have no idea what I would be doing right now if I hadn't done it!
This is the 3rd Year AAAsports has ran the programme and helped create Trampoline and Gymnastics Coaches, ready to inspire the next generation of Gymnasts!
Successful candidates will be assigned a Mentor who will introduce them to the world of Coaching. Starting off small, Mentees will learn how to deliver Warm-Ups and Cool-Downs before moving onto skills and Class delivery. Your Mentor will be your go to person and will support you through the process.
We asked Head Coach, Andi Revell to comment on the programme:
"This is a fantastic opportunity for Members of AAAsports or people in the Community to get involved, achieve qualifications and join our Team. We have had candidates from all different backgrounds; those who used to compete to a high standard, those who have tried Gymnastics at school and those who are just looking for a new adventure.
We are the only Trampoline and Gymnastics provider that offers this type of Programme, especially on the scale that we do and so it is something we are immensely proud of. We want anyone with a passion for the Sport to be able to access Coaching and this Programme helps create these opportunities."
If this is something you are intrested in, or would like more information, email you CV or Questions to info@AAAsports.co.uk before the closing date on Wednesday 31st May 2017!
With the AAAsports Championships quickly approaching, we thought this would be the perfect time to tell you all about the history of the AAAsports Championships, our highlights and what you can expect from this years Event. For many of our Members, this will be their first (and the best) Competition, and it can be a little nerve wracking- especially for all the Mam's and Dad's! Hopefully, we can put your mind at ease by letting you know the ins and outs, including what the Judges look for and everyone's most important question, what to wear!!
This is the 10th year we have ran the AAAsports Championships and it's by far the best Event of the Year! It started out in a little Church Hall with about 50 Members and it's amazing to see how much it has grown. In the 2nd year, we had too many members for the Church Hall so we held the Competition and Presentation Ceremony at Sandhill, which used to be one of our main centres. We had to hire a van and borrow chairs and tables from different venues. A rally of parents and members would join us late Friday Evening to help unload the Van, move Trampolines into the bigger hall, arrange the chairs and organise the Tombola. We had to race against the clock as we only had 2 hours to set everything up, including: podiums, judging equipment, the lighting system, the back drops, Market Stall, posters- the list was never ending! It was a great Team effort and we really couldn't have done it without the help from our Coaches and Members volunteering their time!
However, we soon got too big for that Hall and we just couldn't find enough chairs for everyone to sit on- so we had to relocate...to Rainton Meadows Arena! Andi used to always say he would love to hold the Presentation in a big Arena but the prospect of it happening scared us all!!
Thankfully, it worked really well!!
Last year was the first time we held the AAAsports Championships in our dedicated centre. For those Coaches who have been apart of it from the start, it was emotional to see how far we have come. From that Church Hall with 50 Members to our own centre and an Arena with over 500 Members...crazy!!
However, the reason behind the AAAsports Championships hasn't been forgotten. We wanted to ensure that all our Members, regardless of age or ability were given the opportunity to demonstrate what they have been learning and were rewarded for working hard and taking part. We used to even have an Adults Fancy Dress Event where parents and Coaches would take part, and were judged by our younger Members. The adult who made them laugh the most used to win!!
The Cheerleaders always provide us with Entertainment on the Evening, showcasing their latest routines! Last year, we had an amazing, breathtaking routine dedicated to baby Ava, a special little Cheerleader in the Sky. There was silence in the room as they performed their memorising routine. We have already had a sneak peak of this year's routine, and it's filled with lots of stunts, dance and more advanced tumbles!! We can't wait to see it!!!
During the Presentation Ceremony, Andi will call out Categories to go back stage. These are the Categories that you were entered in during the Event. Once backstage, our Coaches will put you in an order and hand you your Certificate. Members will then walk out onto the stage where you will be awarded with a Medal and parent's can come and take a photo.
We always save the best Award till last, the AAASports Star Award! This Award recognises the most dedicated, hard working Male and Female in the Club. It is the only Award that is chosen by the Coaches and they take into account the whole year. It could be anything from achieving great results at a competition, to always working hard, to helping out at Events or pushing through fears. The 2 Members who receive this Award are allowed to keep the Trophy which is engraved with their name for a year, before its passed onto the next winners!
After everyone has been presented with a Medal/Trophy and Certificate, we always finish the night with lots of games and a disco! Some of our best games include: Shelia's Wheel- where the winning Member can win a AAAsports Party, Adult Musical Chairs- where the Adults get VERY competitive, and Finders Keepers! In the past year's, we have had a Photo Booth, Photographer and even a Trampoline at the Event!
However, one of the highlights of the Presentation Ceremony is always seeing the final video which showcases our best moments from the year. Often filled with embarrassing photos, it reminds everyone of all the great things that our Members have achieved and how far everyone has come!
So, what can you expect from this years AAAsports Championships?
Before the Event, there will be an online Timetable available. This will have all the information you will need for the day, including the time you will be participating, what time you should arrive and what to wear. But just in case you wanted to be prepared - you can wear anything that you would wear to your normal class! This could be shorts and a t-shirt, leggings, leotard, AAAsports Clothing, tracksuit bottoms...anything you feel comfortable in!
For anyone taking part in the Elite Events, where our Members battle it our to be crowned AAAsports Champion- you will need a AAAsports Leotard (no shorts!) and white socks or Trampoline Shoes (if you are in the Trampoline Event).
You can bring anyone along to watch you and cheer you on during the day, but anyone who would like to attend the Presentation Ceremony will need a ticket. You can collect your tickets on the day of the Event, along with your AAAsports Championships Programme.
The Morning will start with the Pre-School Display, followed by their Presentation. During the day time Event, we will have our AAAsports Shop open and our Market Stall for refreshments, along with a Tombola and a Raffle! It is also a great time to see what some of our top competitors have been working hard on.
If you are taking part in the Gymnastics Event, you will perform 1 Vault and 1 Floor Routine. In the Trampoline Event, you will perform 1 Set Routine and 1 Voluntary Routine, and in the Cheerleading Event, you will perform 1 Set Routine. Your Coach can provide more information on what Routines you will be performing, but don't worry if you can't do the Set Routine, speak with your Coach and they can adapt it for you!
The Judges love nice straight arms, straight legs and pointy toes, but most importantly, they love to see you enjoy it and have fun!!
We can't wait for this years AAAsports Championships. Every year it gets bigger and better and is always filled with lots of surprises. So now you know a little more about the AAAsports Championships, we hope you be there to help us celebrate your hard work this year!!
Want to join us in making more memories? Visit here to sign up today!
Hope everyone has had a great Easter break!
School might have been out for some, but the fun doesn't stop for us at AAAsports!!
This half term, we had 4 AAAdays running, plus a Squad Training Day for our Gymnasts and Cheerleaders! For those members who don't know, our AAAdays run from 9am - 4pm. They are filled with a taster of all our activities that we offer, along with games, challenges and team building activities.
In February, we had the Spaghetti and Marshmallow Challenge, where Members were racing against the clock to build the biggest tower! But this week seems to be the week of Hide and Seek- even the Squad Members wanted to play! With the lights turned down, and the Disco Lights turned up, the detective hats went on whilst members explored the Gym to find their Team Mates!
The AAAdays are the perfect opportunity for our Members to try out all our activities! They are open to any Member who is in School and parents can leave them for the day with a Packed Lunch, meaning they are also great if you have to dash off to work!!
The Squad Training Day was also a huge success, with lots of parents commenting on how much improvement their child had made in just one day! These are perfect for working on the trickier skills or practising routines for upcoming Competitions. We had Riley who learnt how not only to do a Round Off, Flick, but also connect two! Margita started working on some tricky Vaults and the Cheerleaders worked hard all day practising their Routine for their next Competition!
It's great to see how many dedicated, hard-working members we have, but also, how much fun everyone was having!!
But we don't want you to miss out on the fun!
So, we have a quiz for you! If you would like to enter, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your answers! Those who get the answers correct will go into a prize draw with the chance to win a AAAsports Bag and Water Bottle!!!
1. What year did AAAsports open?
2. Who has just made history in the European Gymnastics Championships? Extra point if you know how!
3. How often does AAAsports run an Award/Badge Week?
4. How many Coaches work at AAAsports?
5. What famous Gymnast was recently apart of Strictly Come Dancing?
6. Who was the first AAAsports Member to complete the highest Tariff in a routine at AAAsports? - An extra point if you know what the Tariff was!
7. In Trampolining, what Badge is Front Landings on?
8. What date is the 2017 AAAsports Championships on?
9. Where does AAAsports take its Members in August?
10. Who is our Governing Body?
11. What Award did AAAsports Win in September 2015?
12. What is the correct/full name for the Bars in Gymnastics?
13. How many Adult Classes does AAAsports run a week?
14. What Radio Station do AAAsports Advertise on?
15. Complete this sentence: Cheerleading is an _________ and _____ _____ that combines music, dance, stunting and tumbling to create team routines that mesmerise audiences and judges around the world!
Hint- Most of the answers can found on the AAAsports Website and/or Facebook Page!!