Men's artistic


Oliver shines at British Disability Masters Finals!

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On Sunday 26th March, NGA had one representative in the British Disability Masters competition at the Echo Arena, competing alongside the women senior apparatus finals and men’s Masters finals. Due to strong performances in previous competitions, Oliver Kettleborough qualified for 4 pieces of apparatus. Starting on rings, Oliver put in a great showing to win the silver medal. On vault, Oliver was competing his tucked Tsukahara for the first time and produced a fantastic vault, unfortunately, just having a bit too much rotation and led to a fall.  However, his confidence was not affected and performed a well executed second vault to clinch the silver medal. Moving onto High Bar, his least favourite piece, Oliver competed superbly to win the bronze medal. Finally, competing on the Floor, he produced a great routine with some exciting tumbling to pick up his third silver medal of the day. He came away with four medals which is a fantastic achievement, made even more special by the fact he is still a junior at 14 and was at least three years younger than any of the other competitors! Well done Oliver on your excellent debut performance in the Disability Masters Finals!

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Masters team


Notts boys claim 3 British Championship titles!

Categories // Men's artistic

Between Friday 23rd and Sunday 26th April, Britains top gymnasts came together at the Echo Arena in Liverpool for the 2017 British Championships. Friday evening saw Notts first MAG gymnasts of the weekend with Matt Boardman and Conor McGrath competing in the under 16 category. Conor was competing on 4 apparatus due to a minor injury but put together a very confident and composed set of routines to have a clean competition. His highlight of the day was an outstanding 4th place on the pommel horse with a brilliant routine, narrowly missing out on 3rd place by 0.05. Matt started on the pommel horse and despite a couple of uncharacteristic mistakes on Parallel Bars and High Bar, he managed to claim 4th place in the All-Around! An outstanding achievement for Matt. As well as his all around placing, Matt produced a stunning floor routine to become the 2017 Under 16 Men's Floor champion, a superb result which also helped him gain a spot in the prestigious Masters floor final on the Sunday! Massive well done to Matt and Conor for a brilliant competition! 

U16 team

The Saturday morning competition was the under 18 competition which saw Thomas Morley competing on two pieces of apparatus, the Floor and Vault. Tom showed a strong, clean floor routine to earn 10th place in a strong field. He also managed to compete two clean vaults which earns him 8th place on this apparatus. A huge well done to Tom for another great competition.

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The senior competition took place on Saturday afternoon and saw Sam Oldham and Andy Smith compete for NGA. Sam produced some superb routines across the six apparatus and despite a couple of mistakes, managed to secure 4th place in the Senior All-Around! Sam also managed to clinch the bronze medal on the Pommel horse with a difficult routine! His highlight of the day however was a classy performance on the Parallel Bars to take home the gold medal on this apparatus and the British title! the performance also meant he qualified for both the Pommel and Parallel Bars Masters finals. He also qualified for the Rings Masters but withdrew due to a minor injury. Andy Smith was competing on two apparatus in the Senior competition. He produced great, clean routines on both pieces, also earning a spot in the Men's Masters floor final!

MAG team

Sunday saw the greatly anticipated Masters finals in front of a sell out crowd. The Masters finals are individual apparatus finals which take the top 8 gymnast on each piece from across the Under 16, Under 18 and the Senior age groups. The floor final was up first which featured Matt Boardman and Andy Smith. Matt was the youngest gymnast in the event and showed real maturity under pressure to produce a nice clean routine which earned him 4th place, a fantastic achievement for this young man. Andy took to the floor and produced a majestic performance with lots of difficulty and impeccable execution to win gold and claim the title of 2017 Men's Masters floor Champion! An excellent achievement for Andy and great preparation for him as he sets his sights on the European Championships in April! The pommel final saw Sam Oldham step up against Britains best on the Pommel. An uncharacteristic error unfortunately led to a fall for Sam who came away in 8th place. Competing also in the Parallel Bars Masters final, Sam produced a superb routine but ultimately fell on his final move, the dismount, but still managed to come away with 4th place.

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Andy podium

A huge well done to of the Notts boys that competed across the weekend with superb performances and results throughout.


Brilliant day for Notts boys at North West Open Championships!

Categories // Men's artistic

This past weekend saw a number of our men's artistic squad travel to the Robin Park arena in Wigan for the North West Open competition, the first 6 piece competition of the year for the boys. In the morning session we had 10 boys representing NGA in the under 10 category. In a strong age group, we managed to place 5th and 6th respectively in the team competition. The team of Niall Storer, Oscar Sampson, Zakaine Fawzi-McCaffrey, Lucas Bowen and Alfie Heard finishing 5th, and the team of James Norman, Noah Farnsworth, Callum Haywood, Marty Jackson and Phoenix Frost finishing 6th. To add to the team results, Zakaine had a very strong competition finishing 8th all around, he also managed a 5th place on P Bars and an excellent 2nd place on Pommel! Marty Jackson came away with our first gold medal of the day with a brilliantly performed Vault! 

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Onto the afternoon competition which saw our older boys compete. In the u12 age group, some good performances saw the team of Alex Yolshina-Cash, Colbi Curtis, Harry Clarke, Leo Hoggard and Harry Norman come away with 3rd place in the team competition! Alex also managed 5th place in the all around, and also 6th on floor and 5th on the high bar, he also came away with 3rd place on pommel. On the vault, both Alex and Harry Clarke got joint 5th place with two well performed vaults. We had Liam Jury representing us in the u14 competition, Liam only performed on 4 pieces due to injury but he managed to come away with an excellent 3rd place on the P bars, and also 6th on pommel and 4th on high bar. 

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NW U12 Team

On to the u16 competition and the two man team of Matt Boardman and Conor McGrath had a fantastic completion and managed to win the Team Gold! Adding to that, Matt had a flawless competition winning the All-Around Gold, and also winning 5 of the 6 apparatus as well, he came away with gold on Floor, pommel, rings, p bars and high bar, and also 2nd place on Vault. Conor also had a great competition coming 2nd in the all around, also winning the silver medal on floor and rings, and achieving 3rd place on vault, p bars and high bar. In the u18 age group, Tom Morley competed on Floor and Vault. After a couple of small mistakes on floor, he managed to regain composure and perform a fantastic Handspring Front Vault in which he stuck it dead!

A huge well done goes to all the boys for their efforts and achievements in this competition!


Notts boys take 6 regional titles at EM Floor & Vault competition

Categories // Men's artistic

A strong contingent of 30 Notts boys travelled to Leicester on Sunday 5th February to compete in the East Midlands Floor & Vault championships.

The U8 & U9 boys got the day off to a great start. Despite a mistake in his floor routine, Phoenix Frost competed a brilliant handspring vault to finish 14th in the U8 event. Alfie Heard and Callum Haywood performed new tumbles and a vault to finish 14th and 19th respectively. Lucas Bowen performed one of the most stylish floor routines of the day to achieve the 3rd highest score on floor and a 12th place finish. Noah Farnsworth also competed new tumbles in his floor routine, achieving a 4th place finish. Huge congratulations to Zakaine Fawzi-MccAffrey, who achieved the bronze medal after a confident display on the floor and a fine vault. Marty Jackson took the regional title with a brilliantly ‘stuck’ vault and impressive tumbles on the floor.

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James Norman and Oscar Sampson produced confident performances in the U10 competition, and a strong performance on both pieces for Niall Storer earned him a 6th place finish! Competing for the club for the very first time in the U10 Non-Regional event was Alfie Bull and Lucas Booth-Clibborn. Alfie produced a strong vault and floor routine to achieve a 7th place finish. Lucas excelled with a fantastic vault, 0.55 higher than anyone else on the event as well as a confident floor routine to take 1st place! Fantastic achievement for the new members of the squad.

Harry Clarke, Leo Hoggard and Harry Norman competed well in the U12 competition. Confident routines from Harry Clarke and Leo earned them 6th and 4th place respectively. Huge congratulations to Harry Norman, who achieved 3rd place and the bronze medal after an extremely stylish routine on the floor.

Another boy competing for the club for the 1st time was Quentin Peberdy in the U12 Non-Regional event. Quentin achieved the second highest score on floor and the highest score on vault to achieve 2nd place and the silver medal!

Colbi Curtis, Kian Keogh, Kaydon Kennedy, Louis O’Keefe, Ethan Norris and Jack Reyes made up a strong contingent in the U11 category, with many boys including new tumbles in their routine for the first time. All boys performed well with Ethan finishing 18th, Jack 16th, Kaydon 13th, Colbi 11th and Louis 8th. Huge congratulations to Kian who performed brilliantly to achieve 3rd place and the bronze medal.

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Liam Jury dominated the U14 event, with the highest scores on both vault and floor to achieve 1st place and the regional title. Liam Parkes, another boy competing for Notts for the 1st time also dominated the U14 Non-Regional event, winning both floor and vault to take the regional title. Matthew Boardman and Sam plant competed in the U16 event, both producing excellent routines to finish 1st and 2nd respectively. With a big difficulty score, Tom Morley produced the highest score in the U18 event on floor and achieved 1st place and the regional title.

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Huge well done to all the boys and their coaches!


Academy Performance Director, Adam Folwell reports on an exciting start to 2017

Categories // GFA News & Competitions, Acro, Gymnastics For All, Men's artistic, Women's artistic

Wow…where did my first year here at the Academy go? I would like to take this opportunity to provide you all with an update on the building works, a brief review of 2016 and the direction the Academy is heading in 2017 and beyond.

 The Academy is now the sole tenant of the building and we are in the process of securing an initial, five-year lease with the Council. Since the closure of the leisure centre, contactors have been on site making the necessary amendments to provide us with a new entrance and access to our space, which will also include use of a couple of rooms within the centre.

Building works are due to be completed by the middle of March, however I am unable to provide you with an estimated date of when our access will be made available for use. In the meantime, please do continue to use the stairs and pathway up to our main entrance and feel free to wait upstairs in the hallway next to our offices.

My arrival has coincided with a few staff leaving for pastures new, alongside an influx of talented and motivated individuals who have gelled together remarkably well to create the exciting team that we can all be hugely proud of. The Academy has also grown from within, investing in two promotions from zero hours’ contracts to full time salaried positions, which is a large shift in mind set for any sporting club.

Our coaching team have been supported for the first time in their quest to upskill, with many of the team making use of the new Academy initiative for funding towards coaching courses. Last year saw several qualifications gained at the introductory level, continuing through to the pinnacle of High Performance, which has provided the members with an even greater level of coaching and expertise.

The Academy had enjoyed major success at every level of competition throughout 2016, boasting a European Champion, 2 Team GB representatives in Rio, the Junior British Team Champions, as well as many more medallists at a National, Regional and County level. Participation levels have increased within our Gymnastics for All discipline, providing more opportunities for development at the grass roots level, with a highlight for the discipline being; the inaugural “In House” Gfa competition which saw over 230 members participating.

The growth in membership has also seen the Academy strive to achieve a more conducive ratio of athlete: coach levels, for the participants to fulfil their own levels of potential throughout the various disciplines, whilst creating progressive pathways for entry and exits from each of our sessions/ disciplines.

The careful and strategic expansion continued with the introduction of our new satellite club at the Rushcliffe Arena where participants receive an introduction to the sport before becoming full members of the Academy. Creating a larger talent pool to select from within, is a key priority for the Academy moving forward, whilst maximising the opportunities for all involved to continue loving their time in this wonderful sport.

The Academy has invested heavily on the equipment front, providing our Athletes with a truly world class facility and we are looking to invest again this year to create a useable space within the sports hall. Expansion is needed to offset the increased overheads involved with the sole tenancy agreement, however the new sessions will take place over a weekend, providing extra room on a week night for warm ups and physical preparation to take place.

Charity status within 2017 is a major objective for our hard working and dedicated members of the Board. Discussions and enquiries into the process have progressed very positively and we are hopeful that an announcement can be made during the summer months, resulting in another huge step forward for the Academy.

I would like to finish with a note of thanks to the entire membership and wider stakeholders, whom without your support, the Academy simply wouldn’t be as thriving as it is today. Whilst we are some way away from being the finished article, the team and I will continue to do our very best to continue the positive, upwards trends in each area and service that we provide.


Adam Folwell

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