Monday, 26 December 2011

Annual report 2011

Our annual report is now available to view on-line on our website in the downloads section.  Members and parents are encouraged to read this ahead of the club's AGM on 7th January 2012 which will start at approx. 6pm after our internal competition and snacks.  The agenda will be as follows:
  1. Minutes of AGM 2010 available for inspection
  2. Welcome
  3. Change of Committee Members during the year
  4. Election of Officers
  5. Annual Reports
    1. Chair’s report
    2. Treasurer’s report
    3. Coach’s report
  6. A.O.B.

Monday, 19 December 2011

Xmas & New Year opening

Brentwood Trampoline will remain open throughout the Christmas Holiday period with only minor changes to its programme. All changes are documented on the club website at but, in summary:
  • Christmas Eve, pre-pay sessions earlier, 'pay-as-you-go' moved to preceding Wednesday 21st at 4pm;
  • Christmas and Boxing Day Bank Holidays - (Monday & Tuesday) - centre closed
  • New Years' Eve, pre-pay sessions earlier,  'pay-as-you-go' moved to preceding Wednesday 28th at 4pm
  • New Years' Day Bank Holiday - (Monday) - centre closed;

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Schools' Regional Championships - 4th December

With one of our biggest entries at schools for some time we had 19 members representing their schools at this competition and 14 of them have secured places at the Zonal finals in Shrewsbury in January where they will compete against others from the Midlands regions and Wales. Members did particularly well in the Elite groups taking all 4 girls titles available. The total haul of trophies was as follows:
  • Winners - Maddison Merritt (U11 Elite), Olivia Watson (U13 Elite), Susanna Badley (U15 Elite) & Chrissie Law (U19 Elite), Under 11 Novice Team from Long Ridings (Sophie Tyrrell, Mia Gray & Erin Wells) and Under 15 Elite team from Cooper Coborn (Susanna Badley, Lucy Phillips, Emma Brereton & Ellie Guy)
  • Second place - Faith Everett (U11 Elite), Ramiyah Kendall (U11 Novice)
  • Third place - Georgia Tyrrell (U11 Elite)
There were also some very close misses with Sophie Tyrrell just 0.1 off 3rd place in U11 Novice, Emma Heptinstall just 0.1 behind Sophie in 5th and Lauren Michaels just 0.3 behind Lucy in the U13 Elite. For some this was a first ever competitive experience and for them the best result was that they enjoyed the day and are raring to compete again. More detailed results are available on our website at

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Christmas Shopping?

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You can search directly for the item you want to buy, browse by shop type or by supplier name - it couldn't be easier.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

MP visits 12th Open Comp

The Rt. Hon. Eric Pickles, Member of Parliament for Brentwood and Ongar, was the surprise VIP guest at the 12th annual Open Trampoline Competition hosted by Brentwood Trampoline Club at the Brentwood School Sports Centre.  Attracting nearly 300 entries from around the East & London regions, competing in 29 different classes, this is one of the largest events of its kind every year and also keeps alive the memory of Georgia Cordery with two trophies available for those showing the highest quality form.

With competitors ranging in ability from raw beginners competing at I grade to national standard competing at B & C grades the day offered a wide range of experience for the audience with many youngsters in their first competition delighting the audience and judges alike.  The top end of competition was more demanding with many of those competing at grade C & above expecting to be in the hunt for the prestigious Georgia Cordery trophies.
Eric Pickles said:
"I was very surprised to see so many people here.  It is a much larger event than I thought it would be and I am impressed with the amount of organisation that has obviously gone into producing a very successful competition. It is particularly good to see so many young people enjoying their sport."
Later Mr Pickles was pleased to be able to present some trophies and team awards including (see picture) those for Vanessa Lewis (right) and Abbie-Jo Goldsmith (left) taking 1st & 2nd in the Over-15 E grade joined by Nicola Miller (centre) to take team gold as well.

For the third year running, both Georgia Cordery trophies were won by members of Brentwood Trampoline Club with Kensie Sherlock taking the over-13 trophy (Brentwood's Lauren Michaels in 3rd place) and Joshua Newman taking the under-13 with Georgia Tyrrell & Maddison Merrittt (both only grade E) making it a Brentwood 1-2-3.  The club was also pleased with its overall results with 16 individual trophy winners, 5 team winners and almost too many new personal best scores to count.  More details of the results are available at

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Long trip but worth the drive

Photocall attended by half our competitors shown in
our training hall in Brentwood School
Brentwood Trampoline Club had cause for celebration last weekend following a long day at Easton College, Norwich.  The event was just one of four British Gymnastics grading competitions held each year where performers have the opportunity to prove their ability to move onwards to higher grade competition.  For this reason the club's Head Coach, Paul Kitchen was delighted that 26 of the club's competitors had made the long journey as he says:
"It's a long way to go but an important journey to make to test the competitor, and their family's, resolve since when they qualify to National competition the journeys become longer and involve overnight stays."
Paul was equally pleased with the results with 15 of Brentwood's competitors achieving the targets needed for qualification giving a 58% success rate against a competition average of just 34%.  Of course, the club also gained a fair share of trophies with 12 individual podium places and 3 winning teams - full details of the individual success stories are on the clubs website at

The next challenge for the club is to host its annual Open Competition at their training base in Brentwood School Sports Centre where they are expecting nearly 300 competitors to be chasing, among other awards, the Georgia Cordery Form trophies for under-13 and over-13 trampolinists. These trophies are awarded each year to those who display the highest quality skills, rather than difficulty, and are in memory of Georgia Cordery.

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Launch of new tracksuit

Our new tracksuit is now available to order for delivery in time for Christmas.The stylish Italian tracksuit is made by Errea and embroidered with the clubs name, logo and herald on. Navy and white the suit includes red stripes. We hope all our members will want to buy one especially if they are competing for the club. It is important that members feel they belong to our club and are proud to wear our club clothing and that we as a club look the best when at competition.

We have 6 tracksuits of various sizes at the club in order that you can try one on to get the best size and fit, the sizes noted are continental and therefore not easily transferable to UK sizes. We will order a selection of sizes so hopefully everyone will be delighted with fit.

These tracksuits can only be ordered in batches with the first deadlines for ordering having been set as 30th October (for delivery in time for Xmas) and the end of February 2012.  Children's sizes will be £35 whilst Adult sizes £40 inc VAT.

To ensure you get yours please place your order with Graham Parker, cheques made payable to Brentwood Trampoline Club. Delivery will be pre Xmas.

Don't forget we also have a wide range of other club clothing a selection of which is in stock, unfortunately we do not have a place to display it easily. Please refer to the club website for details and if you have any queries then please do not hesitate to contact Graham.

All clothing will be on display at our Open competiton on 30th October.

Any queries please e mail or 07947 606568.

Monday, 5 September 2011

Newsletter posted on website

Reporting on nationals success, Jack Petchey updates, upcoming social events, fundraising ideas and competitions the newsletter also asks wonders if everybody is really prepared for competitions and judging.  Read more on-line from our website.

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

National Finals - Two Golds, One Bronze

Susanna, Josh & Chrissie with their medals
For national trampolinists, the culmination of their efforts throughout the competition season is to attend the National Finals and the icing on the cake is to make the finals day having ended in the top-8 following the preliminary rounds on the first day. For 3 Brentwood Trampoline Club members this past weekend was their chance to show just how good they were as the finals were held in the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham.

For the past 3 years Chrissie Law, from Brentwood, has made the Finals but missed out on finals day achieving a best result of 29th last year; this year, however, she has stepped up a gear and was more confident having finalled consistently in the gala competitions she had attended making 4th place on a few occasions. For Susanna Badley, from Harold Wood, and Josh Newman, from Noak Bridge, this was to be their first experience having only graduated from regional competition last October.

Competing in the NIA is a daunting experience as each group of competitors walk into the huge arena from behind the curtained training area to music and loud clapping from audience and officials alike and many find their nerves begin to take hold at this point. This year the three Brentwood Trampoline Club members overcame all nerves and put on a wonderful display on the qualifying day to impress the judges with their great form and saw all three move into finals day in top three places. Chrissie, in particular, had excelled posting all new personal best scores in her efforts to put past years disappointments behind her.

Finals day and and there was plenty of time for nerves to build up as other finals went before them but finally time came for Susanna & Josh to compete in their respective groups, Chrissie had longer for nerves to build as her final was later in the day. All three, however, prevailed with Susanna becoming under-15 girls National C champion, Josh under-13 boys National C champion and Chrissie taking 3rd place in the under-19 girls National C with yet another personal best score.

Brentwood Trampoline Club takes its competitive training seriously and so work resumes throughout the summer period towards next years competition season, (unlike many other youth groups) the club remains open throughout the summer period for both competitive and recreational trampolining and regularly has pay-as-you-go spaces. If you are interested in taking the sport up just check the club's web-site ( for session times.

Friday, 15 July 2011

Jack's visit

Jack Kelly, England National Development Coach for British Gymnastics and erstwhile coach to no less than two former world champions, popped in to Brentwood Trampoline Club this week to oversee the final preparation of the club's 3 National Finallists.  The Nationals, taking place next weekend(23rd/24th July)  at the NIA in Birmingham, is the culmination of every gymnasts competitive year and based on their performances this year all three stand a good chance of winning a medal.

Pictured with Jack are Chrissie Law, 17, from Brentwood who will be competing in the Under-19 Ladies national C finals, Josh Newman, 12, from Noak Bridge who will be competing in the Under-13 Boys national C and Susanna Badley, 13, from Hornchurch who will be competing in the Under-15 Girls national C.

All three have trained with Brentwood from their very early days in trampolining and have progressed through the grading system delighting audiences wherever they compete with the elegance of their style - a trademark of the club which prides itself on high-quality above all else.

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Congratulations to Ainslie Plews

Olive Law presenting Ainslie's
Jack Petchey award
.. our June Jack Petchey winner.  Nominated for her friendly manner and hard work in training she has also been rewarded with recent competitive success.  Ainslie has also started on her Level 1 Coach award and we look forward to seeing more of he around the club over coming years.

The next round of Jack Petchey nominations will be coming up after summer so can members please keep their eyes peeled for the nomination box then.  To find out more about Jack Petchey awards visit our dedicated page on our website.

Monday, 23 May 2011

Easton Open results

Some of our happy travellers
Yesterday we had 15 travel to the outskirts of Norwich for an Open competition hosted by Dragons.  Following hot on the heels of the grading we hosted last weekend the accent of this event was on fun with Synchro as well as Individual competitions.  The outcome exceeded all expectations with no less than 7 of the 15 winning their individual groups, two coming 2nd and another 3rd.  The synchro was slightly less succesful though with one 2nd placed pair and two 3rd placed and another member in 2nd place in the Russian Roulette.  You can read more about this and other results by checking on our website at

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Brentwood Trampoline Grading - Highlights

Wow, what a day for BTC - well done to all our competitors for doing their best and, in the main, succeeding.  More details (and pictures in due course) online on our website but to give you an idea of how well they did, how about these statistics:
  • 48 competitors
  • 8 first timers and 10 first time in grade (say one-third)
  • 22 trophies (nearly 50% of our competitors)
    • 7 winners
    • 7 second-placed
    • 8 third-placed
  • 6 winning teams
  • 11 qualifiers
  • 36 equal or new personal best scores!
Many thanks to all our officials and helpers who made it a great day for the kids in particular, also to Neil at Cangaroos for keeping the results flowing through so folks didn't have to wait too long for presentations.

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Jack Petchey Update

Nicola, Gemma, Vicky, Becky & Joe
As ever, our young members have been working amazingly hard and a stunningly large number have already been nominated for Jack Petchey awards this year.  Open to all members aged between 11 and 25, these awards are made to those who set the best examples to other members.  Find out more about the latest winners (pictured right) on our website at  Well done to Celia, our new Jack Petchey coordinator for stimulating such interest.

Thursday, 14 April 2011

BG Young Leaders Camp...

Young Leaders Camp 2011
Are you actively volunteering in gymnastics and aged between 16 and 19 years old? With three successful Young Leaders Camps under its belt, British Gymnastics is set to recruit another 50 Young Leaders to attend the leadership event of the year! You will have the chance to take part in many different, new and interesting activities and workshops alongside 150 of England's top Young Leaders and volunteers. Be prepared to tackle anything that gets thrown your way and to enjoy yourself to the full!

To find out more information about the Young Leaders Camp 2011 please click here! 

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Historic trampolinists & memories

A regular correspondent with this club, Tim Blake, son of Ted Blake who introduced competitive trampolining as we know it to the world, recently passed us a link to this wonderful footage of trampolining in the late 1960's, Tim identified some of the performers as follows: "It shows Paul Luxon and (I think) Bobby Stroud who trained at Regent St Polytechnic together. I can also pick out Dave Curtis and possibly Mike Williams but that’s about it.". Commentary is in French, nevertheless enjoy:

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Commenting on the footage Paul Kitchen, identified some names and memories "I used to train some with Bobby at Crystal Palace until the manager caught us getting free training in one of the downstairs gyms.  Surprised not to see Paul Wainwright there as he was Pauls synchro partner. The girl who is seen looking on from the tramp side is Wendy Wright. Competed alongside Biz Scales (Baldwin) in the same era. Di Bullen was coached by George Stephenson who coached me for a while in 73." as did Jack Kelly "I recognise a lot of these people including Ute Luxon (nee Czeck), Jane Pullen, Diane Bullen, Alan Gonzales and of course Paul Luxon (probably about 15yrs old) and Dave Curtis. A couple of the Swiss guys stayed and trained with me in Harlow. Most of the comp footage seems to be in a German sportshall I recognise though I wasn't there at the time."

Read more about trampolining history on our website.

Monday, 7 March 2011

Saffron Walden Grading Highlights

Faith, Maddie & Alex - a winning team
33 entered, 32 competed, 6 winners, 3 second placed and 4 third (41% medal-rate!),  and 13 qualified to higher grades - 19 set new improved PBs as well!  We also had 5 winning teams meaning only 6 of our entrants came home with nothing.
  • Winners:  Charlotte Hussey, Lauren Bembrick-Taylor, Joe Harris, Georgia Tyrrell, Lauren Michaels & Lucy Phillips,
  • Second: Emma Frost, Faith Everett & Jessie Durrell,
  • Third: Natalie Shade, Nicola Miller, Jonathan Gibbs & Alexandra Bartkowiak
  • Qualifiers G to F: Nicola Miller, Lauren Bembrick-Taylor, Holly Perry, Katie Cremer & Charlotte Lal
  • Qualifiers F to E:  Charlotte Hussey, Natalie Shade, Joe Harris, Jonathan Gibbs, Georgia Tyrrell, Jessie Durrell
  • Qualifiers E to D: Lucy Phillips
  • Qualifiers D to C: Lauren Michaels
  • Winning Teams: Faith, Alex and Maddie; Vanessa, Abbie Jo and Emma; Georgie, Jessie and Emma; Holly, Katie and Olivia; Nicola, Gemma and Becky.

Friday, 4 March 2011

Highly qualified at Gillingham

Josh & Susanna with medals
Three Brentwood Trampoline Club members enjoyed the short journey to Gillingham last weekend before notching up a highly impressive set of results and raising many an eyebrow as they set a quality benchmark.

Susanna Badley was first of the three to compete in one of the first groups of the day.  With 48 Under-15 Girls National C competitors it was a long wait until the end result was known but from the beginning she didn't relinquish her lead.  With a 0.5 advantage after the set round she pulled away further after the voluntary, now 1.3 clear and yet more in the final round ending 2.2 clear of the second placed girl despite her having a 1 point tariff advantage.  As well as the win she also gained an Enhanced Score qualification to FIG B competition and 3 new personal best scores.

Joshua Newman was competing next in the 14-strong boys equivalent group.  having had a niggling injury in the preceding weeks he was planning on simply repeating his set routine in the voluntary rounds giving him a 2 to 3 point tariff disadvantage against the main contenders.  Despite this he was in 2nd place after the set and posting consistently higher form marks than others maintained that position to the end.  As with Susanna, Josh's performance was also rewarded with an Enhanced Score qualification to FIG B and 2 new personal bests.

Chrissie Law was competing in the Under-19 Ladies National C class.  After the set round she was lying in 1st place, the voluntary round, however, saw her maintain excellent form scores higher than all her nearest rivals but fall back to 3rd place as opponents with nearly 2 clear marks of tariff advantage overhauled her.  In the final round Chrissie maintained her form with nobody getting close but, once again, higher tariffs held sway and she ended in 4th place - in a group of 40 an excellent return capped nicely with a FIG B qualification as well as 2 new personal bests.

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Book now with Barracudas while their January BOGOF is running...

... and as long as use our code (BRE TRAM 11) the club will be paid £5 for every child-week booked.  The bookings do not need to be made by members - just by folks using our code so tell your friends as well!  If you miss out on the January BOGOF the code will still ensure that Brentwood Trampoline Club benefits from the commission payments - simply quote the code or enter it in the promotions box if you book on-line.

Monday, 17 January 2011

Competition Successes 16th January...

Under-13 F Team
... were as follows:

Grading - Hitchin
  • Joshua Newman - won under-15 D, qualified to C, new PB2
  • Emma Frost - won over-19 D
  • Vanessa Lewis - won over-15 G, (leapfrog) qualified to E , new PB1 & PB2
  • Becky Tompkinson - third over-15 G, new PB2
    • Vanessa, Becky with Gemma Pratt & Victoria Patterson - team winners
  • Joseph Dulieu-Hasler - second under-15 F
  • Faith Everett - second under-13 F, new PB2
  • Kendra Sherlock - third under-13 F, new PB1 & PB2
    • Faith, Kendra with Alex Bartkowiak & Georgia Tyrell - team winners
  • Holly Perry - third under-13 G
Competition report with more pictures will be online when official scores have been received.

Schools Zonals - Cardiff 
  • Maddison Merritt - second under-11 Elite, qualified National Finals
  • Susanna  Badley - won under-13 Elite, qualified National Finals
    • Susanna with Lucy Philips and (non-club members) Lucy Kingsman and Olivia Watson - won team under-13 Elite, qualified National Finals
Honourable mentions also to Lauren Michaels who equalled 3rd place but missed qualification on tie-break, Chrissie Law coming 5th in a very strong group and Emma Brereton & Ellie Guy who, with their team-mates, came 4th in the under-15 Elite.

Once again, a competition report will be placed online once official scores have been received.

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

GymMark success again

We are delighted to announce that, following our 3rd annual review since being the first trampoline club in Essex to achieve GymMark, we have once again been found to be operating in accordance with all of British Gymnastics guidelines.  As well as being one of the strongest competitive clubs in the region this further assures members and the public that we operate in a safe, effective and child-friendly manner as well.

Monday, 10 January 2011

Coming Soon - book Barracudas with us...

... their holiday camps are a popular activity we know for many of our members - well this year Barracudas are offering to pay the club £5 for every booking made using our code.  Look out for a poster and/or leaflets at club in the next couple of weeks.

Friday, 7 January 2011

New Year's Rave & AGM on 28th January

The club’s AGM and annual party in December was cancelled due to bad weather, but the AGM has to take place and we don’t want you to miss an excuse to enjoy a night out.  Happily the event has been rescheduled for Friday 28th January from 7pm.

The venue will be the function rooms at the Courage Hall.  Some light food will be provided and the bar will be open.  As previously, the AGM itself will be a short meeting in which the committee will present its report and committee members will be elected. Copies of the reports can be found at

The AGM will be followed by a New Year Rave with a surprise DJ.

Jack Petchley medals will be handed out to all members who won the award last year (see  If that includes you, please make a special effort to attend as the medals can only be given to those who make it to this event.

All members and their family are encouraged to come along.