Tuesday, 21 December 2010

New bed for Christmas

Courtesy of a Jack Petchey Project Grant of £500 and a contribution of £1,300 from Brentwood School, the club has taken delivery of a new 5x4 bed and springs costing nearly £2,100. The balance came from club fund-raising in the form of our Open competition held in September.

The Project Grant was linked to last years Leader Award winner, Steven Nicholls - members are reminded that a Leader can be nominated every year and, so far, nobody has been nominated for 2010 - find out more about Leader Awards on our website here.

Monday, 13 December 2010

Early trampolining newsreel

Brentwood's place in UK trampoline history has been fully documented on our website but a correspondent recently alerted us to an amazing piece of newsreel footage - check this out:

...click on the picture to view the newreeel on Pathe's website. Although the film was taken at Loxford School, Ilford, the teacher, Ted Blake, spent most of his life in and around Brentwood and ran Nissen's UK operations from here for many years. Find out more about this on our website.

Monday, 6 December 2010

Off to Cardiff

Club members’ saw success in yesterdays Regional Schools competition in Harlow and will be travelling to Cardiff in the new year for the Zonal finals. Individual qualifiers were winners of their respective Elite age groups Chrissie Law (Brentwood School), Susanna Badley (Coopers Company & Coborn) & Maddison Merritt (Downham CofE Primary) being joined by Lauren Michaels (Gaynes) taking third place (behind Susanna). Others qualifying in their age group Elite team events were Lucy Phillips, Emma Brereton & Ellie Guy (all Coopers Company & Coborn).

Good luck in Cardiff girls!

Thursday, 2 December 2010

AGM Postponed

As a consequence of the near-tropical weather conditions we are enjoying at present (hmmm), the committee has decided it is right to postpone the AGM scheduled for tomorrow evening.

We have not yet set a new date but it is likely to be on a Friday early in the new year when we will also have a belated festive celebration.

Also to note that during these weather-beset days all members are advised to check the website for an update on training sessions before travelling, we will normally find out if the centre is closed shortly after 3pm.

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Snow Update

With snow still falling it is not certain whether trampolining will be on tonight - this decision will be made by Brentwood School Sports Centre later this afternoon. If the decision is made to:
  • close then we will update the website calendar (www.brentwoodtc.org) as soon as we hear and you are encouraged to check this before travelling.
  • remain open then we (coaches) will do our utmost to ensure that all is ready for you to attend as normal.
This advice will also apply to any future days of possible snow-disruption.

UPDATE : As of 3pm, 30th November, BSSC have yet to make a decision but expect to do so shortly after 4pm.

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Buying a leotard for Christmas?

If so, be very careful where you go. One of our members has recently been stung by a company she had taken to be the suppliers of our club leotards. Following an order she has received no leotards and despite assurances they were re-sent has still not many weeks later. To avoid doubt, the only Star Leotards company we deal with is based locally in Billericay, their website is at www.starleotards.co.uk (pictured here) and they can be contacted by email at info@starleotards.co.uk. Any other firm calling themselves Star Leotards will not be the one we trust.

Saturday, 20 November 2010

2010 Annual Report online

The club's annual report is now on our website at http://www.brentwoodtc.org/reports.htm where you can also find a copy of the minutes from last year's AGM. All members attending the AGM on 3rd December (starting at 7pm) are encouraged to read these before the evening in order to keep the meeting part as short as possible. Don't forget we are in a different venue this year (Brentwood Cricket Club's clubhouse at the old County Ground on Shenfield Road).

As well as Disco there will also be award presentations to this years Jack Petchey winners with a representative of the Jack Petchey organisation joining us.

There will be snacks available but please do remember to bring your own drinks and glasses.

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Our Jack Petchey winners


... for September to November were announced recently. Kensie for her hard work to get back to national level, Alex for dedication and passion and excellent results and Laura for her positive contribution to the club. Find out more about these awards on our Jack Petchey page.

Monday, 8 November 2010

Gazette Article

For those unable to get a copy of the Brentwood Gazette with a news report of the Open & Easton Grading competitions, the online version is available at the 'thisistotalessex' website.

All articles submitted for publication are also published on our own website here, not all, sadly, are printed.

Buying Online This Christmas?

If so, why not access your favourite e-Tailer through our webshop. The prices, offers, discounts will all be the same with the single difference that they will pay commission to the club! A recent purchase of a TV for less than £300 on Amazon by one of our members delivers nearly £3 in commission. The website is dead easy to remember - just type in buy.at/brentwoodtc in your browser and either search there or click through to your favourite online shop.

The latest update from buy.at includes new offers and shops:

Activity Superstore – 10% off everything
  • Use code ‘ASNOV10’ to receive 10% off everything
  • Expires: Friday 31st December 2010
  • Commission: 15%
PLAY – 25% off selected board games
  • 25% off selected board games like Monopoly, Yahtzee, Pictionary, Jenga, Twister and many more
  • Commission: 6% on clothes, 3.5% on Mobiles, 2% on DVDs, CDs, Books & Games, 4% on Gadgets, 0.5% on PCs & Electronics and 1% on Game Consoles
ASDA grocery– 3 for £10 on selected Wine
  • Great offer in the build up for Christmas: Get 3 bottles for £10 on selected wine
  • Commission: £.5.50 for new grocery customers (minimum spend £25)
Thorntons – 3 for 2 on selected treats
  • Thorntons is offering 3 for 2 on a great selection of treats from Chocolate Smothered Orange Slices to Continental chocolates. Grab three items from the 3 for 2 selection and get the cheapest FREE!
  • Commission: 8%
Game – Call of Duty: Black Ops for only £24.99 (RRP£42.95)
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops launches tomorrow Tuesday 9th November and GAME has a limited launch offer which allows you to get the Standard Edition on Xbox 360 or Play Station 3 for only £24.99 when bought with selected titles
  • Please see their website for full Terms and Conditions
  • Commission: 3% on software sales, 1.5% on Solus hardware sales
Dare 2b – 60% off sale
  • To help launch the new autumn/winter range you can now get 60% off hoodies, fleeces, shorts, jackets and much more
  • Commission: 6%
Superdrug – 3 for 2 deal
  • This fantastic 3 for 2 offer gives you the chance to get some amazing deals. You can mix and match any items that have the ‘present’ icon and get the cheapest free!
  • Expires: Tuesday 16th November
  • Commission: 6.5%
Hotels – up to 40% off winter beach holidays
  • The fabulous winter sale has launched and you can save up to 40% on winter beach holidays to Barbados, Thailand, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Tunisia and many more!
  • Expires: Book now until Wednesday 15th December and travel between now and Monday 31st January 2011
  • Commission: 6%

National Trust Memberships
  • From £16.50 you can visit hundred of fantastic places in England, Wales & Northern Ireland as many times as you like. No commission is offered for Life Time Memberships
  • Commission: 30% off the membership value
  • Note: Get 12 months membership for the price of 9. There’s a FREE pair of binoculars for you too!

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Olympic trampolining

Coming soon right here in London will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to watch the Olympic Trampoline finals. Rarely will you have the chance to see up close this iconic festival of sport, especially with it being right here on our doorstep, less than 17 miles away!

The top 16 men and women will perform to win the coveted gold medal only available once every four years and seen as the most desirable medal to own. There is something very special about being an Olympic Champion it ranks alongside becoming World Champion in your chosen sport.

The London Olympic finals will be held at the O2, the old Millenium Dome, named as North Greenwich Arena for the duration of the games. The dates are still provisional at this time and are set as 3rd & 4th August 2012. Ticket prices have been announced as £185, £115, £75, £40 & £20 with tickets going on sales next March. If you want to be there then book early. For £185 you might be spotting for them! There are special prices available and this includes young people who are 16 years old or younger (at 27 July 2012) will pay their age for a ticket. Seniors aged 60 and over (at 27 July 2012) will pay £16. (That's Paul!)


Monday, 25 October 2010

Easton Grading Results Now Online

It was a long journey there and back, for some lasting most of the day following a breakdown, but it was worth the trek. With 21 competing on the day we had 14 trophies (and 7 medals), 14 improved personal best scores and 9 qualifiers!

Individual results and scores and more pictures are on our website at www.brentwoodtc.org/easton_17oct10.htm. Pictured right one of our winning teams on the day

Discounts on Gym Membership

A little while ago we announced that Brentwood School Sports Centre offer us a discounted membership rate (thanks to Celia Badley for negotiating). If you want to benefit from this approx 24% reduction and waiving of joining fees (net costs £35 per month gym and pool or £26.50 for gym or pool) you simply need to speak to Reception and ask for the 'Brentwood Trampoline Club Corporate Rate'. They will then know how to process your application.

Sunday, 10 October 2010

Easton Grading Programme

... is now online on our website together with a link to directions to the venue; from Brentwood you will need to allow yourselves a good 2 hours I'm afraid and, since the comp starts at 9:30, that means an early start for most of us! No programmes will be on sale at Easton so please do print a copy before you go if you want one. Organisers have advised us that the competition will be held in the tennis centre rather than the sports centre used for previous competitions (its on the right had side as you drive in towards the Sports Centre).

Good luck to everyone competing!

Monday, 4 October 2010

Brentwood Open Results

Results, pictures and comment are now all available on our main website. Some statistical highlights for our club entry are as follows:
  • 39 competed on the day;
  • 14 were competing for their first time (several in G);
  • 27 won trophies or team medals:
    • 5 x 1st place (Becky Tompkinson, Joe Harris, Joshua Newman, Susanna Badeley & Hannah McCann - Joshua & Hannah also won the junior & senior Cordery Form Trophies)
    • 6 x winning teams (O13 M&F H, U11 F G, U13 F G, U13 F F, O13 F F, U13 M&F E)
    • 3 x 2nd place (Faith Everett, Georgia Lewis & Chrissie Law)
    • 5 x 3rd place (Gemma Pratt, Fiona Humphries, Madison Merritt, Georgia Walker & Daniel Frost)
  • 12 new personal best scores were achieved

Monday, 27 September 2010

Jack Petchey

A reminder, please, to all members that September nominations are open at http://www.brenwtoodtc.org/jack_petchey.htm.  If no members have made a nomination by Friday the coaches will have to choose a suitable winner.

Sunday, 26 September 2010

Brentwood Open 2010

The raw results are now available online in Excel or Adobe Acrobat format.  These are likely to be replaced with more refined versions in due course so if you find them to be unavailable please check the main competition page on our website for the latest version.  These results are sorted by grade, competition group and finish place showing rankings for all performers.  Relative rankings for eh Georgia Cordery form trophies are also shown.  Tie-break rules have only been applied to the first 3 places.

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Updated Open Programme now online

Following receipt of a number of changes and corrections we have issued a final version of the programme online. Please note that this version supersedes the previous version and although all groups remain on the same panels the changes we have received mean that some groups will be starting some 15-20 minutes before or after their previously advertised times.

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Brentwood Open Programme is now online

... to download from our website. No printed copies will be available for purchase on the day so please do ensure that you/your members have printed off what they need in advance.

We look forward to welcoming you all next weekend.

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Brentwood Open Timetable

The timetable and officials list can now be downloaded from our website. With nearly 300 entries we have extended to 4 panels (panel 1 with a choice of 4x4 & 6x4 and all others with 6x4s). The centre will be busy so please do try to ensure that you arrive in plenty of time, overflow parking is available at the Town Hall just round the corner from the centre.

The programme is set up to ensure that the middle of the day and the middle panels display the highest grade gymnasts so, if you are new to trampolining or just want to take a look to see what it is all about, schedule your day to be there between 12:00 and 2:30 on 26th September. Georgia Cordery Form Trophies will also be presented on the day, this year by way of a memorial for this courageous teenager who died earlier this year.

Monday, 6 September 2010

Late Notice Cancellations

There will be no trampoline sessions on Tuesdays 7th September or 14th September due to school seminars using Courage Hall. Apologies for the late notice, this was due to a communications failure. Please note that for PAYG members we have sessions available on Saturday between 14:00-15:30 and 15:30-17:00.

Phil Gibbs (Brentwood Trampoline Club secretary)

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Jack Petchey nominations

Nominations are now open for the September Jack Petchey Achievement Award. Nominees should be aged between 11-25 on the date of nomination and will not previously have received an award from the club.

Nominees need not be the cleverest, the fastest or the best looking! But they need to be exceptionally hard working or have done something really positive for other people.

To check previous winners and to get a nomination form visit the club's Jack Petchey webpage.

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Need a new leotard?

Star Leotards will be visiting us on 23rd August at 7pm for anybody needing a new leotard, shorts etc... If you need one it would be good for you to let them know in advance so they can bring appropriate sizes to try on. Remember all leotards ordered are made to size and are not 'of the peg' so if you need one for the Open or October Grading now is a good time to order.

News on fees from September

We are pleased to announce that we are able to reintroduce discounts (of up to 25%) on members' fees with effect from September. To read more about how you can benefit from this please read the letter on our website.

Monday, 7 June 2010

Ipswich Grading results

We had some really great results in Ipswich with lots of trophies and qualifications through regional grades and many personal best scores as well.

Highlights were:

First time in grade:

  • Georgia Lewis;
  • Lauren Michaels;
  • Lucy Phillips;
  • Susanna Badley; and
  • Joshua Newman.


G to F

  • Kendra Sherlock and
  • Natalie Shade.

G to E

Maddison Merritt.

F to D

  • Lauren Michaels and
  • Lucy Phillips.

D to C

  • Kensie Sherlock
  • Daniel Frost


  • Winners - Maddison Merritt, Natalie Shade, Joshua Newman, Kallum Sherlock, Lauren Marchant & Daniel Frost and Team winners - Maddison Merritt, Kendra Sherlock, Lauren Benbrick-Taylor & Tegan Roycroft;
  • Second placed - Lucy Phillips, Abbie Goldsmith, Kensie Sherlock & Emma Frost;
  • Third placed - Kendra Sherlock, Emma Brereton, Jospeh Dulieu-Hasler, Georgia Lewis & Susanna Badley.

Personal Best Scores

  • Maddison Merrit - PB1 & PB2;
  • Kendra Sherlock - PB2;
  • Natalie Shade - PB1 & PB2;
  • Lauren Michaels - PB1 & PB2
  • Lucy Phillips - PB1 & PB2
  • Emma Brereton - PB2; and
  • Kensie Sherlock - PB1, PB2 & PB3.

Read more at http://www.brentwoodtc.org/ipswich_06jun10.htm

Friday, 21 May 2010

Shenfield School Awards

Congrats to two of our young coaches for the recognition they received at the recent Shenfield School Sports Awards. Sophie Banks received the award for A-Level Student of the Year and Vanessa Lewis for Student Sports Coach of the Year. Both very well deserved as we know from their efforts in the club.
Well done!

Friday, 23 April 2010

Ipswich Grading - 6th June

Entries for this comp have to be with Olive by 5th May. Get entry form either from our website or your coach.

Thursday, 8 April 2010

George Nissen - sadly missed

We have been advised by Tim Blake, the son of the Nissen UK Chief Exec Ted Blake who worked with George Nissen to develop the modern sport we know today, that George Nissen, the inventor of the modern trampoline, passed away. He died this morning at 3:10am (London local time) mid-evening Wednesday 7:10pm (San Diego California local time - 7th April) at the age of 96 from complications from pneumonia. His wife and family were in attendance at his bedside. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

George Nissen was an inspiration and despite his age was always in attendance at the annual Nissen Cup, the longest running international competition in trampoline named in his honour, where he would still perform tricks to delight the audience. More details about Nissen's contribution to trampolining are at http://www.brentwoodtc.org/history.htm and associated pages.

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

January - March Jack Petchey Nominations

Nominations are now open for achievement during January, February & March 2010.

Remember that Jack Petchey awards are intended for those who have shown hard work, commitment or other outstanding behaviour – not necessarily always the best trampolinists.

Members, parents, coaches and others involved with the club may nominate any of those listed below by email to dave@brentwoodtc.org stating who you are nominating, why and for which month (without these details your nomination may not count).

Please make no more than ONE nomination for each month.

Nominations close on Sunday 18th April.

Eligible members (aged 11-25 and not a previous winner) are:
  • Abigail Spink
  • Amy Benson
  • Amy Richardson
  • Becky Tompkinson
  • Bethany Chambers
  • Bethany Marmoy-Haynes
  • Bryony Boston
  • Charlotte Lal
  • Chelsea Clark
  • Chloe Bell
  • Chloe Franklin
  • Claire Fogarty
  • Clark King
  • Cory Barton
  • Dana Pamenter
  • Ellen Houghton
  • Ellie Guy
  • Emily Marmoy-Haynes
  • Emma Brereton
  • Emma Frost
  • Emma Richardson
  • Fiwasewa Ojutiku
  • Gemma Pratt
  • Georgia Lewis
  • Grace Balmford
  • Greg Humphries
  • Harriet Gill
  • Imogen Pratt
  • Imogen Spanton
  • Isabella Field
  • Joshua Newman
  • Kensie Sherlock
  • Kiera Booth
  • Kitty Maguire
  • Laura Studd
  • Lauren Marchant
  • Lauren Michaels
  • Lottie Heaney
  • Louise Jagger
  • Lucy Phillips
  • Lydia Jamieson
  • Marie Ashworth
  • Mark Robinson
  • Megan Lomax
  • Milly Blandford
  • Monica Dowling
  • Natalie Shade
  • Natasha Wood
  • Oliver Pope
  • Rebekah Francis
  • Robyn May
  • Roselle Cullender
  • Sam Digby
  • Sophie Brooking
  • Tilly Ashcroft
  • Tracy Meadows
  • Vanessa Lewis
  • Victoria Patterson
Winners can make suggestions on how to spend the money – do you have any ideas on how to make our club better by spending the money we get? If so make a suggestion.

Monday, 15 March 2010

Trampolining on telly...

BBC2 Flog It! programme has a feature on Brentwood's role in trampoline history today (Monday 15th, BBC2, 3:45pm). Club members are shown performing some moves - should be worth looking to see how the pro's film trampolining for effect.

Monday, 8 March 2010

Bouncing Higher

The following announcement on the BG website affects international competition from this September onwards and is highly likely to filter into UK competitions over the next year to 18-months so good reason to start to work on getting those routines a little higher:

The FIG Executive have approved a new Code of Points for Trampoline which will come into affect on 1st September 2010 and which will include Time of Flight to be used in all rounds of individual competition (first, second and final routines).

The Time of Flight will be added to the current scoring system i.e. a routine score is E+E+E+D+T (T=Time of Flight).

The FIG EC has also approved a document that outlines the functional properties of the “machine” (TMD - Time Measuring Device) developed by the TRA-TC and the Apparatus Commission together.

For further information please visit the FIG website.

Sunday, 7 March 2010

Hull Gala Results

A very good weekend for us in Hull. Saturday had Hannah McCann and Charlotte Webb entering their first FIG B event whilst Sunday we had Chrissie law & Anthony Williams in the National C competition. Hannah & Charlotte were not able to repeat their 1/2 in their last National C but did very well indeed beating many regular FIG B competitors taking 4th and 5th places respectively. Anthony & Chrissie both also finalled with Anthony taking 5th and Chrissie 7th.

Detail report is online at http://www.brentwoodtc.org/hull_06-07mar10.htm

Monday, 8 February 2010

Early Season Highs

Early season has been seeing Brentwood excel in all areas of competition. We have seen our members succeed in both regional and schools competitions and this weekend was the turn for national competitors. There were mixed results at the Gloucester Gala weekend with a disappointing day for Chrissie but delight for Hannah and Charlotte streaking away from the competition with a 1-2 placing (decided between them on tie-break), a new personal best for Charlotte and qualification for both to national finals/FIG B competition. Read more on our website at http://www.brentwoodtc.org/gloucester_06-07feb10.htm.

Thursday, 28 January 2010

School's Results

Apologies to our members competing in the Zonal School's Finals on 17th January for not getting this on-line sooner but despite being late, we're pleased to report an excellent day for our members:
  • Charlotte Webb took second in the under-15 girls Elite;
  • Daniel Frost (despite being 2 grades lower than most) narrowly missed qualification to nationals in 4th place in under-19 boys Elite and is now sweating on somebody above him dropping out;
  • Maddison Merritt won the under-11 girls Novice;
  • Susanna Badley won the under-13 girls Novice closely followed by Fiona Humphries and Lucy Phillips making it a 1-2-3 for the region and club;
  • Susanna & Lucy were also joined by Emma Brereton and Ellie Guy in winning through as a team for Coopers Coborn.

Monday, 25 January 2010

Brentwood Grading 24th January 2010

From Brentwood Grading 2010
Some disappointments I know but by and large a really successful day. First of all thanks to all of you who turned out to help set-up and took on tasks during the day but particularly very big thanks to the small number who were there Sunday evening putting it all away again.

A full report is on our website here but, in the, meantime headline news is:
  • 34 club members taking part in 12 different classes;
  • 7 individual and 7 team winners;
  • 4 taking second places;
  • 2 taking 3rd places;
  • 8 improving on personal best scores;
On the downside, only 5 managed to achieve qualifying scores (although a few were only a few decimal points off) - judging really is very tight right now it seems.

Thursday, 21 January 2010

Start times for Sunday's Competition

It has been confirmed that, after accounting for late additions and withdrawals, the original programme timetable for the rescheduled grading this Sunday will be maintained. The scheduled start-times for everybody, therefore are as listed below although please do ensure you arrive at least 30-minutes earlier for all start times after 10am (10am entries please arrive by 9:45).

Under 13 Male G - 12:10 - Jonathan Gibbs & Joshua Newman
Under 13 Female G - 10:00 - Lauren Bembrick-Taylor, Madison Merritt, Kendra Sherlock, Lottie Heaney, Alex Bartkowiak, Rebecca Martin, Abbie-May Durrell, Jessie-Rose Durrell, Tegan Roycroft, Georgia Tyrrell, Susanne Badley, Annalie Collins
Under15 Female G - 10:00 - Alice Gibbs, Emma Brereton, Milly Blandford, Grace Balmford
Over 15 Female G - 13:10 - Tilly Ashcroft, Natalie Shade, Vanessa Lewis
Under 13 Female F - 13:30 - Victoria Webb, Emma Martin
Under 15 Male F - 12:10 - Joseph Dulieu-Hasler, Jamie Perry
Over 15 Female F - 12:10 - Charlotte Hussey, Lauren Marchant, Abbie Goldsmith
Under 15 Male E - 12:40 - Kallum Sherlock
Under 15 Female E - 12:40 - Kensie Sherlock
Over 15 Female E - 14:10 - Georgia Walker, Sophie Banks
Over 15 Male D - 10:00 - Daniel Frost
Over 15 Female D - 10:00 - Emma Frost

No programmes will be on sale on Sunday, to download a copy of the full programme updated with our club's changes, click here.

Friday, 15 January 2010

News Updates

We are issuing an important news update to members at the moment addressing a number of key topics. If you have not received one during training sessions please see Dave before or after training. Alternatively, you can download a copy by visiting our website here.

Friday, 8 January 2010

Brentwood Grading - Postponed

Following discussions with ECGA about Sunday's competition, the decision has been made to postpone it until 24th January.

This decision has been taken because travel in the outer reaches of the region are still predicted to be difficult on Sunday and for many it would be unsafe to travel.

Thursday, 7 January 2010

More Snow Update

Although most of the local schools are closed today it seems that Brentwood School is functioning normally and, having just called the centre, they expect to be open this evening until 9pm again so it looks like Thursday sessions will be running pretty much as normal. Please check back later for any update to this though.

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Snow Update


The centre has just confirmed that they will be open this evening until 9pm and so we will be running sessions as normally as possible.


There has been quite a lot of snow in Brentwood overnight and today and several schools (including in the last hour) Brentwood School are either closed or have sent pupils home early. As at time of writing, though, the Brentwood School Sports Centre has not yet made any decision about whether or not they will be open as usual this evening. Please check back later for updates.