On Sunday 25th February, AAAsports Members attended 2 different competitions - the Trampoline and DMT NDP Semi Final in Penrith and the Gymnastics Sport For All competition in Catterick!
In the Trampoline & DMT event there were 10 Squad Members competing for their chance to qualify to the next round in Birmingham later in the year. All the Squad Members performed great routines and passes, with Jess and Skye both scoring high enough in their DMT events to qualify to the next round at the Birmingham Arena! We also had some excellent team success, with Millie, Rosie, Samantha and Skye taking home a team DMT medal and Evie, Isabelle, Isobel and Sadie taking home a team Trampoline medal too!
In the Sport For All event, 10 Squad Members achieved a podium finish in some of the best results AAAsports have ever achieved! The Sport For All event is designed for those taking part in competitions for the very first time, making this result even more special for those competing! Some of the highlights included Alex taking 3rd in the U12 Girls category, Morgan placing 2nd in the U12 Boys category, Kacey placing first in the U14 Girls category and Abby winning the U12 Girls category with the highest score of the day!
Throughout the day it was great to see Members supporting each other both from our numerous locations and across our multiple disciplines - well done to everyone who took part and to their Coaches who helped achieve these fantastic results!
Due to the weather conditions, all classes at the Louisa Centre are cancelled tonight, Friday 2nd March.
We are happy to announce that classes at AAAsports Sunderland will go ahead as normal! For those Members who can attend safely, we do ask that parents remain close by to ensure that they can be collected on time!
We will provide further updates for our weekend classes later in the day.
Due to the poor weather conditions, all AAAsports classes are cancelled today at both AAAsports Sunderland and the Louisa Centre. New Members who were scheduled to have their Trials today will be moved to next week instead.
We appreciate your understanding and hope to have our classes back up and running as soon as possible!
Due to the poor weather conditions, all AAAsports Pre-School classes will be cancelled on Thursday 1st March 2018.
We are actively hoping to be able to resume our classes from 4pm on Thursday 1st March, however this will be determined by the weather conditions in the morning and whether AAAsports Sunderland and the Louisa Centre are able to be opened for our classes to run.
Based on the current weather forecasts, we believe we will be able to make a further update by 10am on Thursday 1st March. We ask that all Members check our website and social media posts before travelling to our classes, and we appreciate your support during this time!
Due to the poor weather conditions, all AAAsports classes are cancelled today, Wednesday 28th February 2018. AAAHQ is also closed, although support will still be available via myAAA and through email.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused and we trust you understand that this is for the safety of all of our Members and our Coaches. We hope to have classes return to normal as soon as possible - we ask that Members check our website and social media posts for the most up-to-date information!
What a great weekend we have had!
On Saturday, the AAAsports Coaches headed to Huddersfield for Schools Zonal Finals where we had 3 Members taking part in a semi-finals competition.
Mya, who only trains Trampolining once a week made it through in the Under 11 Girls Novice Category. Mya just missed out on a top spot and came 4th out of 31! This was an amazing achievement for her and her Coach Emily said "I couldn't be prouder of Mya right now. She has worked so hard to get this far and her routines scored extremely high. Next year, she'll get it!"
Oliver made it through in the Under 11 Boys Intermediate Category and came 2nd out of 10! Dan also placed 2nd in the Under 11 Boys Elite Category!! Both boys did absolutely amazing and are through to the finals - National Schools! On the 24th March, AAAsports will fly over to Ireland where the Boys will compete against students on a National level which is a huge achievement.
Watching Ollie and Dan train, we know they can do really well in March, however, we are already proud of how well they have performed so as long as they enjoy the experience, that's all that matters!
If you see them around, don't forget to wish them Good Luck!!!
Well done to everyone who competed in the Regional Trampoline & DMT NDP on Sunday 28th January!
Flexibility is required by all gymnasts in order to improve their form and grace when it comes to executing moves.
Gymnastics is an incredibly thrilling and taxing sport, filled with many complex movements which take a long time to complete.
It should then make sense that you have to compensate for this by eating good food which gives you the energy that helps you to come back and do it again.
The sport is described as an 'anaerobic' sport which means it requires short, intense bursts of energy and activity, unlike many other sports such as swimming, long distance running or rowing which themselves require endurance.
Gymnasts need to eat more carbohydrates and protein to ensure that they have easier access to the energy they need, and avoid foods high in fat.
Young gymnasts need foods high in protein as this part of food helps to repair and strengthen damaged muscle from training. Microscopic tears form in the muscle during training, due to the pressures they go through and so adequate protein should be consumed within two hours of training, but the quicker this is done, the better.
Carbohydrates are a large source of energy for anaerobic athletes such as gymnasts, to control the level of sugar in their blood stream they require complex forms of carbohydrates such as bread, providing sustained energy. After exercising your glycogen levels can become depleted and so small snacks such as fruit are often useful before, during or after training or competitions.
Fats are very useful as long-term fuel sources. The best source of fat is known as mono-unsaturated fats, these can come from nuts, olives, fatty fish, coconut oil or other sources. Subcutaneous fat, a fancy word meaning fat under your skin, can protect your internal organs, insulate the body and reduce LDL cholesterol levels in the bloodstream; which are can help solve future issues such as heart attacks and strokes before they become an issue.
VITAMINS AND MINERALS
As many gymnasts are young there is a lot of conflicting research about what you should give them, in an effort to not affect their growth and development. However, many sources agree that a multivitamin and a calcium supplement are helpful to the gymnast. The multivitamin helps keep them on top of their health whereas the calcium supplement will help prevent stress fractures, a common issue in training.
At the start of 2018 AAAsports Sunderland began to implement a brand new structure into lessons in an effort to group children of similar abilities together.
You may have noticed the new way in which we run things in class now.
We have added a fourth group in an effort further split from the original three groups of AAAsports Members.
Previously there were three, and quickly came to the realization that the age and ability of the AAAsports Members within the 'Recreation' group was very wide and so something needed to be added to help condense this group.
In addition to the original three, Squad, Advanced Recreation and Recreation, the group AAAsports has added is Fundamentals.
This group was designed to help split the group of Recreation, and therefore to help further split the AAAsports Members into AAAsports Classes of similar abilities.
The ability which a AAAsports Member needs to be able to perform to move up from Fundamentals to Recreation is a cartwheel on the floor, and to move on from Recreation upwards it is a Front Walkover they need to be able to perform.
However at Recreation you are expected to be able to perform all of the skills on the floor to a good standard before you are allowed to progress onto Advanced Recreation.
There is not one route into Squad however, you do not have to go through all of the other three groups before you can go into a Squad class. You can move from any of the classes Fundamentals to Advanced Recreation into Squad.
Following the huge success of our 2016 and 2017 trips, AAAsports are excited to announce that we're heading back to Derwent Hill from Friday 17th to Sunday 19th August 2018!
All AAAsports Members aged 8 years and older are invited to join us on this action packed weekend, tackling a whole range of activities including Canoeing, Kayaking, Gorge Walking, Climbing and more, as well as taking on the Big Swing in the Derwent Hill grounds!
Prices are just £189 per child paid in 3 equal payments to help spread the cost - £63 non-refundable deposit to book the space initially followed by £63 on 15th May and £63 on 15th July!
Spaces are strictly limited on this trip and are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis! To book your space, sign up here! And don't forget to check out our photos from last years trip on our Facebook page!
AAAHQ is now reopen from 12pm today following our Christmas closure! Our Membership Team are available to answer your calls from 10:00am to 5:30pm every weekday and then intermittently at weekends and during other class times. To speak to one of our team, please call us on 03335 776787!
Alternatively, you can always email us using membership@AAAsports.co.uk or send us a message through our website! We aim to respond to all emails and messages within 1 working day.
Don't forget you can manage your enrolments and payments at any time through your myAAA account!
Happy New Year to all of our Members and their families! We hope you all had a fantastic Christmas break, fully recovered and ready to get back in to action with us in 2018!
All AAAsports Classes will restart from Saturday 6th January 2018, with our office reopening at 12pm on Monday 8th January 2018. We're looking forward to seeing you all again!
Don't forget to keep checking our website and social media feeds - we have a couple of big announcements coming soon!
Don't forget that our Christmas Party is taking place at AAAsports Sunderland tonight, Sunday 17th December, from 5:30pm to 8:00pm - it's completely free for all of our Members, their friends and families!
Come celebrate the end of another fantastic year with us - we've got a disco, loads of great games and even some prizes to be won! The 2016 event was loads of fun, and we think this year is going to be even better!
The AAAsports Christmas Party is being presented by Meekol - the specialists in home automation and electrical installation - and they're giving away a great AAAsports Gift Bag for one lucky AAAsports Member! All you have to do is 'Like' their Facebook page here AND be present at our Party when the winner is announced!
From Friday 15th to Thursday 21st December, all AAAsports classes will be transformed in to our fun-filled Fancy Dress classes! In each class, Members will take part in a whole host of games and activities on our equipment, all while dressed in Fancy Dress! Our games are great fun, with prizes to be won and balloons to be burst!
We encourage our Members to be as creative as they like with their outfits, but please keep in mind a couple of safety rules we have to keep everyone safe:
* No belts/buckles/jewellery, or anything that could catch on our equipment
* Face coverings and props are welcome, but Members will need to remove these items to take part in our activities
* Face paint cannot be worn as it can damage our equipment!
* Members need to bring a pair of socks, as some of our games involve using the Trampolines!
Remember to check out our Facebook page each day to see some of the best Fancy Dress costumes our Members have come up with!
In order to make our Fancy Dress classes as exciting as possible, we do sometimes combine selected classes to provide the best experience for our Members. All Members affected by any class amendments have already been emailed, however we do ask that Member check our handy guide below!
AAAsports Members were in action across the UK this weekend, with the Trampoline & DMT Squads competing in London for the Trampoline League Finals while the Cheerleading Squads travelled to Manchester for the UKCA Winter Championships!
The culmination of months of hard work, the AAA Tigers performed a series of Cheer routines and Group Stunts in front of a packed crowd at the Manchester Velodrome in the UKCA Winter Championships, scoring their best ever results with 3 x 3rd place finishes and 3 x 1st place finishes! An excellent result for all of the AAA Tigers, many of whom competed in multiple routines across the weekend!
Following a year of qualification events across the UK, the Trampoline & DMT Squads competed in the Trampoline League Finals in the Olympic Park in London! There were some excellent results all round, with Bradley leaving with a bronze and silver placing, Dan scored two silver placings and Matthew won his event to leave with gold!
Congratulations to everyone who took part over the weekend and all of their Coaches!
Congratulations to AAAsports Members who took part in the Regional Schools Trampoline competition in Billingham this weekend! There were some excellent results all round, including many Members who were taking part in their first ever competition!
Many of our Members managed podium places as well - starting the day off with a bang, Mya placed 3rd in the U11G Novice event. This was quickly followed by Olly placing 2nd in the U11B Intermediate event before being joined on the podium by Dan, who placed 2nd in the U11B Elite event! Rounding off the day, Isabel also placed 2nd in the U15G Novice event!
All 4 Members who gained podium places will now move forward to the next round of the competition, to be held in Huddersfield in February 2018!
Well done to everyone who took part and their Coaches!
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AAAsports Sunderland hosted the Tyne & Wear Schools Trampoline Finals today in association with Tyne & Wear Sport, with the largest entry ever taking part in the event!
Over 600 pupils from across Tyne & Wear took part in 5 qualifying events across Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Sunderland in October, which were also supported by AAAsports. Winners from each event then progressed through to the Final today, representing their own areas and battling to become Tyne & Wear Champion!
In the end, Gateshead partnership triumphed with a staggering 36 points, maintaining their unbeaten streak since the event was formed over 10 years ago.
The event was also a huge success for AAAsports Members, including Annie Thompson who placed 3rd in the Development KS3 Girls category and Hannah Kehoe who placed 2nd in the Beginner KS3 Girls category! Well done to everyone who took part, and a huge thanks to everyone who has supported the event!
Results from the event can be found below.
For the 4th year running, AAAsports are excited to announce our 2018 AAAsports Coach Education Programme will launch in January 2018! The Coach Education Programme sees enthusiastic and driven candidates receive fully funded qualifications and employment with AAAsports once the course is completed!
Many of our existing AAAsports Coaches have joined the team through the Coach Education Programme, including Katie H. Discussing the Programme, Katie says:
"I was part of the Coach Education Programme in the beginning of 2015 and it's been the best thing I've ever done. I got loads out of it and really enjoyed it. I started on the Programme initially and now I've progressed to more qualifications and it really gave me everything I wanted to do. I'm looking forward to helping out everyone who makes it on to the Programme in the future!"
The closing date for applications is Friday 24th November 2017. For more information, visit our Coach Education Programme page!
Congratulations go out to Members of the Intermediate Trampoline Squads who competed in the Regional NDP Trampoline event this weekend at Ashington Leisure Centre!
For many Members this was their first time representing AAAsports at a regional level, and their Coaches were incredibly impressed with the performances of everyone!
There were some excellent successes as well, with Emilia placing 2nd in the CDP 9-10 Female event, and the team of Alicia, Emilia, Isobel and Sadie placing 2nd in the Team event!
Well done to everyone who competed and their Coaches!
Over the last two weeks, AAAsports have partnered with Tyne & Wear Sport to deliver the Tyne & Wear Schools Trampoline event across the region. Over 600 pupils took part in the qualifying events, which were held in Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Sunderland. Winners of each event earned the right to progress through to the Tyne & Wear Finals and represent their local area!
The qualifying events saw great performances from across the region, including a number of AAAsports Members who gained qualification spots to the Final! The Final will be held at AAAsports Sunderland on Wednesday 15th November 2017!
Full results from each of the qualifying events can be found below!
On Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th October, AAAsports took part in a Trampoline and DMT (Double Mini-Trampoline) competition down in Gillingham.
Four competitors took part, and all of them qualified for League Finals in London on the 1st to the 3rd December, later this year.
Nathaniel Rayner, one of our own coaches, came in 3rd for the Super League DMT, and 3rd in League 1, 19+ DMT.
Bradley Welsh, one of our students and himself a future coach, came 2nd in League 1, 15-18 DMT. He was also the youngest competitor in the Super League competition.
Daniel Jones, a talented student, came in 2nd for League 3, 9-10 Trampoline.
Catherine Wilson, an old coach for AAAsports, also qualified for League Finals.
Good luck for the finals in December!
This coming Monday, the 9th October, at AAAsports Sunderland, Peter Crawford will be coming to work alongside our own Squad Coaches as a part of our development programme.
This is a new programme to help in the development of our Squads and our Squad coaches, AAAsports is launching this to get experienced coaches in to help with the development of our gymnasts.
This program, starting on Monday 9th October, and continuing every month thereafter with a new high-level coach each time.
This new idea is an effort to try and ensure that our squad coaches have the best training available to them, to ensure that they understand every aspect of high level coaching.
As well as to ensure that the students of AAAsports get the best possible education in gymnastics possible by our determined Coaches.
All Classes at Sandhill on Monday 4th and Wednesday 6th September are cancelled due to Maintenance in the Hall.
All Classes at Louisa on Friday 8th September are cancelled due to a special Event in the Hall.
Classes will be back on from Monday 11th September!! See you then!!!
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