our philosophy

We have one simple philosophy - to help children become great athletes, who in turn become great people and make true our motto:

esprit gymnastics -
where EVERY child is a champion!

However, we understand that we are first and foremost teaching children and children learn best when they are having FUN!

It is also true that whilst not everyone can be an Olympic Champion, they can achieve great things.

As such every child that comes to Esprit is given the same opportunity to excel. That is why everything we do is designed to treat YOUR child as an individual and help them to discover the Champion person within.

our disciplines

where champions are made...

Esprit is a recognised centre of excellence and our gymnasts have competed at the highest level, including many World Championships, The Commonwealth Games and Olympics.

All children begin (and most stay) within our artistic programme, but at any point in their journey, we may recommend they move to one of our other disciplines.

We regularly assess children as to their suitability for all disciplines and try to place them where they will achieve their best. But, before accepting them we ensure all parties understand...

...being asked to join any Esprit discipline is a privilege few ever achieve.

It is a responsibility to be taken very seriously by all concerned and if your child is asked to join any gymnastic discipline, we will give you information to help you understand what we do, why we do it and what your role is, as your child’s biggest fan (and taxi driver).

Our overall role however, always remains the same: to see your child grow into a fit, healthy, happy, well balanced individual and discover the champion within.

artistic gymnastics

Artistic gymnastics is widely regarded as the basis (and hardest) of ALL sport and top artistic gymnasts must develop many different attributes, including strength, balance, flexibility, spatial awareness and grace being some of the most important.

They also must possess psychological qualities such as the courage to attempt extremely difficult moves and have the ability to compete under intense pressure on four completely different pieces of equipment – floor, vault, bars and beam.

To achieve all this takes many years of extremely hard work, as well as the self-discipline and work ethic to practice a routine many, many, many times.

rhythmic gymnastics

Includes elements of classical ballet, superb choreography, dexterous handling skills, amazing co-ordination, incredible flexibility and strength, it is one of the most beautiful spectacles of any sport on the Olympic programme.

Competitors perform short routines to music using hand apparatus including a ball, clubs, rope, hoop or ribbon.

The sport includes individual, duet, trio and group routines and like artistic gymnasts, rhythmic requires years of hard work and dedication to achieve the results required to perform at the highest level.

Only those gymnasts who are fully committed to their team-mates and club are ever considered for a place in this exceptional group of athletes.

display gymnastics

Enables people of all ages and abilities to participate and rather than being selected, gymnasts audition for a place in Esprit’s renowned display team.

They perform synchronized, choreographed routines in groups and there are no age limits once over 7.

Esprit performs at many non-competitive festivals around the UK and Europe, including EuroGym, a Gymnaestrada generally held somewhere in Europe and often sees more spectators and participants than in the Olympics.

Only those gymnasts who are fully committed to their team-mates and club are ever considered for a place in this exceptional group of athletes.

our building

We have one of the biggest and best-equipped gymnastic facilities in the country.

With two fully equipped gymnastic halls catering for Olympic disciplines such as Artistic, Rhythmic, and Rhythmic Group gymnastics, as well as Esprit’s renowned Display Team that perform at major International festivals across Europe, including the World Gymnaestrada.

We cater for all ages, from Baby’s only 4 months old, through pre-school to after school classes and even have our own coach education programme, where we teach the next generation of exceptional coaches.

We also have several fully equipped dance/performance studios, a fitness/weights gym, function rooms, changing/shower facilities, disabled access, an on-site Sports Physiotherapist and clean, comfortable waiting rooms with WiFi and refreshments.

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