Baskervilles Gymnastics & Fitness
Englishcombe Court
Englishcombe Lane
Bath, BA2 2EJ

01225 330001
info@baskervillesgym.co.uk

Five Reasons Your Child Should Start Gymnastics

5BAS0309Your child will learn so much by taking part in gymnastics from a young age – and we don’t just mean how to execute the perfect forward roll.

Nowadays, there is so much choice of activities for your child, it can feel like a minefield. Here’s how weekly Gymnastic Classes will help your child to develop into a balanced, confident and conscientious individual.

1. Gymnastics Improves Fitness, Strength, Flexibility and Co-Ordination
Gymnastics builds an excellent foundation for a fit and healthy future, helping your child to obtain a strong core, sense of balance, awareness of their body and flexibility. Your child will benefit from their Gymnastic background as the core skills can be easily transferred to other sports and will help them lead an active lifestyle.

2. Gymnastics will Provide a Solid Basis for your Child’s School Education
The motor skills which are developed during a Gymnastic Class, thanks to the inclusion of movements such as running, jumping, hanging and climbing, mean that a child with a Gymnastic background should find it easier to learn to write and draw. High postural tone, shoulder integrity, and co-ordination, built up in a weekly Gymnastic Class, will allow children to write more legibly and reduce fatigue when writing and drawing.

3. Gymnastics Teaches Children to Follow Directions
In a Gymnastic Class, your child will have to listen to and follow instructions. They will learn to move around a circuit completing different tasks, and to check on the instruction cards if they forget the next skill. Gymnasts will gain confidence when they are able to achieve the set task.

pic24. Gymnastics Teaches Courage, Self-Discipline and Patience
Gymnastics is scary and takes children out of their comfort zone each time they try something they are not familiar or confident with. Gymnasts very quickly learn to get back up and try again, and that perfection is not achieved first time. By practicing a skill over and over, children learn self-discipline, resilience, and how to overcome fear and accomplish things that scare them.

5. Gymnastics Helps to Develop Social Skills
Children will meet and get to know people of different backgrounds and cultures in their Gymnastic Class. Gymnasts will work as part of a group, helping to form bonds which often extend beyond the gymnasium.

At Baskervilles, we offer structured, planned and progressive Gymnastic Classes for children aged from 18 months. We will help your child to develop into a well-rounded individual, and you can feel confident that you have made the right decision in choosing Gymnastics at Baskervilles.

Call to book into a class starting this September – 01225 330001.

Staff at Baskervilles Bid Farewell to Pre-School Manager – Photo Gallery!

Staff at Baskervilles were out in force on Thursday 24th March to bid farewell to Pre-School Manager Julie Marriott-Dodington.

Julie began work at Baskervilles in 1994, after bringing her young children along to Pre-School classes. Baskervilles’ founder Barbara Baskerville, noticed Julie and suggested she start training as a Pre-School coach.

In the years since starting work at Baskervilles, Julie also coached General Gymnastics, to assist in her planning for Pre-School Classes, ensuring all skills and activities are developmental. Julie has attended regular courses, specialising in the Pre-School child, and has become the Pre-School manager at Baskervilles. Additionally, Julie took on the role of Welfare Officer, ensuring staff are kept on their toes with regards to their qualifications and training courses.

Julie’s leaving party was held at Vino Vino Wine Bar in Bath, and saw members of staff past and present enjoy a quiz about Julie and a gift presentation.

“I’ve loved my job, I’ve loved working at Baskervilles, and I’ve got so many happy memories”, Julie enthused, “Baskervilles means a lot to me in many different ways – family, fun and friendship. I’ve had the most marvelous time, and I’ll miss you all very much”.

See our gallery from Julie’s leaving party below.

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Baskervilles’ Pre-School Manager Retires after over Two Decades at the Gym

IMG_5862Baskervilles Gymnastics Club’s Pre-School Manager Julie Marriott-Dodington will work her last day on Thursday 24th March, after 22 years as a coach and much-loved member of the Baskervilles team.

Julie began work at Baskervilles in 1994, after bringing her young children along to Pre-School classes. Baskervilles’ founder Barbara Baskerville, noticed Julie and suggested she start training as a Pre-School coach.

IMG_5865“It was the way that Julie worked with her child that made me think she would make a great Pre-School coach”, explains Barbara, “and 22 years later, it’s clear that she definitely has been!”

In the years since starting work at Baskervilles, Julie also coached General Gymnastics, to assist in her planning for Pre-School Classes, ensuring all skills and activities are developmental. Julie has attended regular courses, specialising in the Pre-School child, and has become the Pre-School manager at Baskervilles. Additionally, Julie took on the role of Welfare Officer, ensuring staff are kept on their toes with regards to their qualifications and training courses.

7d741ccbe1bd89be2b80888dbf018a69Julie has also kept busy over the past 10 years, raising money for Breast Cancer Charities, founding the ‘Bath Buns’ with a group of friends – an endeavour she will no doubt continue into her retirement. The ladies have completed marathons around the world, including last year in New York, as well as holding charity cake sales at Baskervilles. Julie has baked thousands of cakes and fundraised an enormous amount of money in this time.

Julie is also a keen member of Baskervilles’ Fitness Suite, regularly attending three or four classes a week.

IMG_5866“Julie’s enthusiasm and energy not just for her role but at Baskervilles as a whole has helped her maintain her high level of coaching throughout her career”, Barbara adds.

As a Pre-School coach, Julie has always been keen to jump in head first, enthusiastically dressing up for themes – as a pirate, a penguin, and a Christmas Elf amongst many others. Julie took on the star role, as Mary Poppins, in the Pre-School performance for last year’s Christmas Gala, to celebrate her time at Baskervilles.

IMG_5868Julie’s fun, varied and imaginative approach to coaching gymnastics and her exuberant and warm way with the children has ensured that countless numbers of children have gone on to take part in sport and adopt a healthy, active lifestyle, into their adulthood. Over 10,000 children have benefited in Julie’s expertise and knowledge throughout her career.

“It has been great to see Julie develop from an enthusiastic parent to a knowledgeable and committed Pre-School Coach”, Barbara Baskerville explains, “She’s worked alongside me for the past 22 years. It certainly won’t be the same without her”.