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Success at Nationals 2015

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Last weekend five of our gymnasts travelled down to the GMAC centre in Birmingham to compete for the North West in the Mens Artistic National Setwork finals. These 5 boys had earned their place on the team at the North West Championships in September. On Friday, Aled, Ethan A, Ethan B, and Jack S,  helped to secure team gold in the Level 1 and Level 3 events. Some outstanding individual performances by the boys with Aled and Jack gaining a place in the top ten. On Saturday Jacob, competing at Level 2, also did a brilliant job and his team came home with a silver medal.  Individually Aled got gold on Rings, silver on High Bar, Ethan A also got silver on high bar. Jack got silver on pommel and gold in PPP whilst Jacob got bronze on PPP and gold on Floor. Brilliant results boys!


London Open 2015

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medalsLast weekend our boys headed down to London for the London Open -the largest Men’s Artistic event of the year with 536 competitors spread out over 4 days. We had a fantastic competition and  came back with a total of 10 medals (and they only give individuals medals to 1st place on each piece and the top three overall). In the club competition (based on the top 6 individual rankings in each age category) we came second overall – an amazing achievement. This is how they did :



Level1 U8
Joe 3rd overall, 2nd Floor, 4th Vault, 3rd Pbars 9th Rings and 1st Highbar
Mason 23rd overall, 2nd Vault, 6th Rings
Kyle 5th overall, 5th Floor, 1st Vault, 8th Pommel 5th Rings 9th Highbar

Level 1 9+
Jack 3rd overall, 1st Floor, 1st Pommel, 9th Rings, 8th Vault, 6th Pbars
Harry 32nd overall
Will 21st overall
Ethan B 28th overall

Level 2
Jacob 7th overall, 1st Pommel, 5th Floor, 9th Rings 2nd Vault

Level 3
Aled 5th overall, 2nd Pommel, 3rd Rings, 1st Pbars
Ethan A 14th overall, 1st Floor, 1st Highbar
James 38th overall

Meet our Team GB squad members off to Worlds

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This weekend two teamGBof our gymnasts, Ella Wilkinson and Bethany Williamson, are flying off to Daytona, Florida to represent Great Britain at the F.I.G. World Age Group Trampoline, Tumbling and DMT Championships in DMT (Double Mini Trampoline).  This event is the pinnacle of achievement for this sport and to be selected for your country a great honour. World Championships are split into two parts: World Championships and World Age Group Championships. The first is the senior event where the best in the world will be competing this week. The latter is for those gymnasts who are not yet seniors and is divided into several age groups 11-12, 13-14, 15-16 and 17-18.
Selections for the British squad are very rigorous. First Bethany and Ella had to compete at several Galas around the country in order to qualify for British Championships which were held at the Echo Arena in September.  Bethany came first in the Elite Level Women’s 15-16 age group with a staggering 9.3 point lead over second place. Ella, in the Elite 13-14 group put in a solid performance to claim bronze.  Most importantly this allowed both Bethany and Ella to attend the second trial for Worlds at Lilleshall (BG’s home) the weekend after. While we’re on the subject, Bethany’s sister, Lauren, also claimed gold in the Elite 17-18 category (unfortunately there were no places at World’s for that group so her opportunity to go was ended early).
At the second qualifying weekend they were put through their paces and had to show they could produce routines that were World class and that they could do this repeatedly. The next week was a long and nervous wait until the announcement came out the following Saturday. Fortunately they had impressed the selectors enough to be awarded a spot on the GB team! After that the hard work was far from over. They both had to return to Lilleshall for another weekend of training and a final “bootcamp” week during October half term to prepare. Now finally the girls have got their GB kit and will be heading down to Gatwick this weekend to fly out with the rest of the squad to Florida ready to compete next week.
We all hope you can join us in congratulating Ella and Bethany in their fantastic achievement and wish them a large GOOD LUCK for the coming week. Also big congratulations to the coaches at DRILL who got them there. Hopefully you can follow them, at least in spirit, although a lot of you would no doubt love to spend a week in Florida at the competition supporting them!
Once again GOOD LUCK Bethany and Ella.


Pre-School Gymnastics

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Pre-school gymnastics sessions will start on 16th September 2014.. There is a 9.30 session every Tuesday for children from 18 months to their 3rd birthday and a 10.30 session every Tuesday for those between their 3rd birthday and starting school.. The cost is £4.50 per session.
To reserve a place, call us on 0151 652 3100

Neston Sets

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Some late results from Neston Sets last weekend. The club got a fantastic 30 medals in total, two up from last year. We also came in second place overall in the top ten scores competition. These are our fabulous gymnasts results

Leah Mather Bronze Set 3 Vault

Archie Sheppard Silver Pre Set 1 Vault

Olivier Tasker Silver Floor and Bronze Vault Set 3

Ruby Adlard Silver Floor and Silver Vault Pre Set 1

Evie Snell Bronze Vault Pre Set 1

Carlo Di Miceli Bronze Vault Pre Set 1

Sophia Beer Silver Vault Set 3

Jacob Ryan Gold Floor Set 4

James Woolfall Bronze Floor and Silver Vault Set 4

Jack Harper Gold Vault Set 4

Williams Bell Silver Floor and Bronze Vault Set 1

Jessie Stanley Bronze Floor and Silver Vault Set 2

Rosie Wade Silver Floor Set 2

Olivia Hogan Silver Vault Set 1

Alexis Smith Bronze Vault Set 1

Jack Sheppard Gold Floor and Silver Vault Set 2

Rowan Body Silver Floor Set 2

Harry Lewis Bronze Floor Set 2

Finn Bennett Silver Vault Set 2

Jessica Walklett Floor Set 2

Olivia Koumas Silver Set 1 Vault

Kyle Millar Gold Vault Set 1

Joe Hubbestey Silver Vault Set 1

Emilia Ashfield Silver Vault Set 1

Mums and Tots Sessions!

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We are looking to launch a Mums and Tots session soon.
Current plans are:

1. We will start sometime in or before the summer.
2. Initially we’ll offer one day per week
3. We’ll cover pre-school gymnastics

4. Age from 3 years to 5th birthday
5. Cost will be 4 pounds for 45 minutes

More details to follow.

Email info@drillgrangeroadwest.com

Birkenhead Comets in the News!

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From the Wirral Globe : Wirral cheerleaders prepare for world championship

 A GROUP of young Wirral cheerleaders take on the world at a championship final in America next month.

The Birkenhead Comets fly out to Pensacola, Florida on April 8 for the finals, competing against teams from Europe, America and Australia.

To help fund the trip, the group of 15 girls, aged 13 to 18, treated shoppers at Pyramids Shopping Centre in Birkenhead to acrobatic displays which were organised as a way of raising a portion of the £9,500 cost of the trip.

The team’s coach, Carrie Humphreys, 36, says the girls have been working hard perfecting their routines since qualifying for the final last June. She said: “The routines are hard work and very athletic. This is not cheerleading with pom-poms, its more gymnastics and tumbling-based and is physically very demanding. “Going to America will be a wonderful experience for the girls and after the week of competition in Pensacola we will be moving on to Louisiana to train with an American team. “Many of the girls will be staying with host American families which will give them a wonderful opportunity to get a real feel for American culture and possibly make life-long friends.” Trips to compete and train in America are expensive and the girls have been busy fundraising to help raise the £9,500 needed to fund their trip.

Coach Carrie Humphreys continued: “We have raised £6,500 to help pay for the trip and the hotels and flights are all booked. So what we raise now will help us pay transport costs and would mean we could eat! “We are so grateful to the management of Pyramids Shopping Centre for allowing us to put on a demonstration of cheerleading.

“The Birkenhead public, as ever, have been very generous and we have raised a really good amount to add to our total, more than £300 in fact. And we have got other kids involved and maybe got a few interested in joining the Birkenhead Comets.”

Derek Millar, Commercial Director for Pyramids Shopping Centre, said: “The Birkenhead Comets display drew quite a crowd and it was terrific for us to be supporting these young people as they prepare for their trip to America.

Medals Galore at North West R.A.P’s

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P1030386This weekend some of our younger gymnasts travelled to Robin Park, Wigan to compete, some for the first time,  in the Men’s Artistic Regional Assessment Plan. Josh, Kyle, Fynn, Ethan, Will and Rowan entered the Novice Level. All passed with Kyle and Will getting above 70% and a bronze medal  while Josh, Fynn, Ethan and Rowan scored over 80% earning them a merit and a silver medal each. In Level 1, Nathan, Jack and Harry all scored over 80% bring home a Silver medal each. Well done to all our boys!

Polichinelo Circus School

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polichinelo_circus_acrobatic_courseCurrently running at Drill is the first Acrobatic Course run by the Polichinelo Circus. This 8 week acrobatics course has been designed to cater for all standards including beginners. Acrobatics offers a strong foundation in the performing arts and circus as it can be introduced in to a number of disciplines such as juggling, dance, clown

If you want to learn more then you can go to their website at http://www.acrobaticschool.com

Frank Field MP Visits Drill

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photo 2Saturday 14th February saw Drill receive a visit from the MP for Birkenhead, Frank Field. Cathy, Steve, Peter and Andy showed Frank around the building. Frank was impressed with all the activities going on that morning and wanted to learn how BCDC has coped with transforming the council run centre into the thriving facility it is now.