Stepping Up to a Dream

Two of the UK's gymnastics stars in the making

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Late January saw the British Gymnastics Men’s Senior Squad meet up at Lilleshall National Sports Centre for their first training camp of the year. It’s always a happy occasion with new faces adding to the spectacle. We all know what it can be like moving from junior to senior school, and for those making such a leap on the gymnastics scale, it can understandably be a little unnerving. In the case of Joshua Nathan from the City of Birmingham club, and Joe Cemlyn-Jones from the Falcons Academy it was a seamless if not inspiring transition. Just as hard working as our Gymnastics Club Manager software, both youngsters are well used to training twice each day.

Becoming A Senior

The seniors, of course, are all professional athletes in terms of application and training. It comes as little surprise then to see both disciplines merging without too many problems as Joshua explained: “It’s been really good training with the other big guys, it’s really inspirational training with them, looking up to them, training alongside them. I’ve seen them from such a young age and it’s nice to finally be a part of that team and part of that atmosphere in the gym.”

Product Update – January 2018

Product Update

Well… What a month it’s been! We don’t know about you, but January always seems a particularly tough month to get through. Maybe it’s the bad weather we had, or maybe it’s the post-Christmas blues. Either way, it’s over now, and to kick us on into February we have our latest Product Update for you! Lucky, aren’t you?

Let’s jump straight in . . .

Improved Feature: Transaction Reports

What’s New…

We have given the Transaction Reports a complete overhaul in this Product Update to make them more granular and transparent.

When you go to Payment Reports > View Reports > View transaction reports, you will now see a new report from the 1st January 2018.

New features include:

  • The inclusion of PayOut ID so you can reconcile the transaction report to your bank statement.
  • The option to search for transaction ID.
  • The option to switch between a consolidated and itemised view.
  • VAT breakdown in the transaction fees.
  • A separate line entry for refunds.
  • A separate line entry for GoCardless chargebacks.
  • The ability to filter on PayPal or GoCardless payments.
  • The ability to filter on credits, refunds or chargebacks.
  • Improved table navigation.
  • The ability to apply advanced filtering options on the column headings.

Please note: This is in BETA mode, so any feedback is welcome.

Why it’s Better…

There are several reasons why the new report is better, as follows:

  1. PayOut ID: When GoCardless deposits funds in your organisation’s bank account, the amount is calculated by aggregating all payments due to be paid out that day. Funds are transferred under the reference of the PayOut ID (this is the number that appears on your bank statement). To help you reconcile the deposits on your bank statement to the transaction report in the system, we’ve added the field ‘PayOut ID’ in the transaction report, so now you have a clear audit from a single transaction to the aggregated deposit in your bank account.

To do the reconciliation, download your bank statement to a spreadsheet and export the transaction report from the system. Copy and paste the data from your exported file, ensuring the PayOut ID is aligned to the PayOut column in your bank statement.  Apply a filter to the spreadsheet and then sort A-Z on the PayOut ID column. Highlight that column, and if you’re using Excel, use the ‘Highlight Duplicate Data’ tool which will identify if there are any single PayOut ID’s. We’re confident there won’t be, but if there are, you now have the information to investigate.

2018 Commonwealth Games: Gymnastics Shining On the Gold Coast

Commonwealth Games


The gold coast of Australia will glisten even more brightly when more than 6,600 athletes and team officials from 70 nations and territories come together in sporting and cultural celebration. Much to our excitement, gymnastics will play a prominent part in the 2018 Commonwealth games from the 4th to the 15th of April.

Greatest Commonwealth Games Ever

The 21st Games of the Commonwealth will include a staggering 275 events across 18 sports, with able-bodied and para competitions running in unison. GC2018 will deliver an inclusive Games involving the largest integrated Para-Sport program in Commonwealth Games history. What’s more, there will also be an equal number of men’s and women’s events across all sports in glorious Queensland. More than 15,000 willing volunteers will help proceedings go with a swing, in what will certainly be the best Games ever.

Great for Gymnastics

With gymnastics in mind, the British format will change of course, as England, Gibraltar, Guernsey, The Isle of Man, Jersey, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales all involve their individual teams. And in many ways, this makes the competition and rivalry even more exciting. Those superb disciplines of artistic and rhythmic gymnastics will form a key part of this wonderful sporting event, broadcast to a cumulative global audience of 1.5 billion.

Katie Bowie-Hallam: The Pride of Pembrokeshire

A gem in the Welsh Disability Gymnastics Crown

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Katie Bowie-Hallam has a very bright future ahead of her. Not just because her academic studies are going well, and not just because she’s an excellent role model for those around her, but because she has recently become the youngest Platinum Young Ambassador with Sport Pembrokeshire. When you consider the 17-year-old is also playing a leading role in coaching the Welsh Disability Squad, it becomes clear this is indeed a very special individual.

Supporting Disability Gymnastics

One of the main reasons for this is her selfless approach to disability gymnastics and the fantastic support given to her sister Jemma, one of the best-known gymnasts at the Pembrokeshire Special Needs’ Club. Katie has been involved from being a very small girl, so she knows a great deal about the efforts made by disabled gymnasts to reach the top of their game.

At the still tender age of 12, Jemma was offered the opportunity of joining the Welsh Special Needs Squad but still needed a personal coach to go with her. Cue Katie, who quickly underwent a whole-day course in Llanelli, learning how to care for and support a disabled gymnast. There were, of course, many more topics involved in such a short space of time, but Katie passed the test impressively enough to be able to accept her new challenge with positivity and vigour.

Two of a Kind: Gymnastics Greats Honoured in 2018

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We can all name at least one person who people recognise as an inspirational figure to many of those around them. It could be a teacher, serviceman, or a neighbour. In the world of gymnastics at every level, there are countless individuals who have brought the very best out of their charges, earning great respect and plaudits along the way. These unsung heroes are seldom forgotten. In fact, they can teach us more about ourselves, and how we can use their example to help others.

Deserved Recognition

Founder Chairman of the British Gymnastics Charitable Foundation, Ray Phillips and female Chair in the Commonwealth Games Federation’s European group, Helen Phillips, are two leading examples. So much so, Ray has been awarded a Medal of the Order of the British Empire, with Helen awarded an MBE in recognition of their services to the sport. And though both will modestly accept their accolades, in terms of gymnastics, this wonderful recognition is completely respected and deserved.

GymFusion – The Gymnastics Extravaganza for All

Bringing Generations Together



Everyone enjoys a little sporting drama as athletes battle it out at the highest level. It doesn’t matter whether it’s football, snooker or gymnastics, we can all be gripped, hanging on to each move as if we were making it ourselves. We’ve all thought at one time or another, ‘I’d like to have a go at that,’ but would feel self-conscious around others’. In fact, there are thousands of people enjoying sport simply for the fun of things away from any form of competition. Well, enter GymFusion, a concept taking gymnasts of all abilities and ages to work in unison.

The Focus is On Fun With A Theme

GymFusion is largely a show-style festival carrying the universal ethos of ‘gymnastics for all’, also bringing together friends and families. It involves carefully orchestrated themed performances showcasing individual skills and talents, in a non-competitive environment. This fascinating combination is probably the main reason why the event has been wowing crowds for more than six years now.

Case Study: Witham Hill Gymnastics Club

A Success Story!

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Founded by Alisa Saunders and her husband ten years ago, Witham Hill Gymnastics Club in Lincoln has more than 800 members and some 600 on its waiting list.

Gymnastics is already a popular sport, but Alisa attributes its increased attraction to the Olympic and Commonwealth Games of recent years. What the games (and specifically artistic gymnast and silver medallist Louis Smith and triple world champion Beth Tweddle) did was provide a greater awareness and appreciation of the sport, especially for those outside the gymnastic sphere.

Alisa’s club has gone from strength to strength since its humble beginnings in 2007. At first, Witham Hill Gymnastics Club was involved with other clubs and started with only 70 children. It then moved to a leisure centre, needing to move yet again to its present venue some years later due to increased membership – the club now employs 20 paid coaches and 15 volunteers.

A Gymnastics Club’s Guide to GDPR Compliance

GDPR Compliance

In April 2017, the European Union passed the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). It will take effect in 2018. This law doesn’t only cover businesses, but gymnastics clubs as well, since gymnastics clubs, too, handle sensitive personal data their members trust them with. Here is a guide to GDPR compliance and how it will impact the way your gymnastics club needs to handle data:

How Your Gymnastics Club’s Members Will Benefit from the GDPR

The GDPR will harmonise the data regulations from all its member nations, better protecting EU businesses and organisations from data breaches, all too common in today’s digital environment.

What Does the GDPR Require of Gymnastics Club Administrations?

Starting from the 25th May 2018, your club must have a secure way to archive your members’ sensitive personal data. You also must track your audits of these data. If a breach occurs, you must notify your nation’s data authorities within 72 hours. For UK residents, the proper authority is the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). If your club fails to follow these regulations, you may be subjected to GDPR fines greater than €20 million or four percent of your club’s previous year’s revenue – a hefty sum.

If your club handles a lot of sensitive data, you must appoint a data protection officer. It will be important for your club to provide that officer with effective tools for proper data governance.

Product Update – December 2017

New Features and Product Tweaks to our Admin Management Software

So, here it is, our latest product update! This month we’ve been working on new and updated features to reduce and simplify your admin within our admin management software. Here they are!

New Feature: Advanced Search Tool

What’s New…

We have now added an advanced search tool so you can easily query your membership database. This new feature is in BETA testing and can be found under Members > Master Membership List BETA and Members > Membership Categories.

The search criteria depend on the type of fields searched upon. As follows (pictures in order):

  • Text fields: Contains, Does not Contain, Is known, Is unknown
  • Numerical fields: Is equal to, Is not equal to, Is greater than, Is less than, Is known, Is not known
  • Date fields: Is equal to, Is before, Is after, Is between, Is known, Is unknown
  • Age field: Is equal to, Is not equal to, Is greater than, Is less than, Is known, Is unknown, As of date
  • Multiple choice: Is equal to, Is not equal to, Is known, Is not known – after selecting the criteria, you’ll be presented with the list of answers (as defined when you created the field)


Why it’s Better…

  • Searching within the system eliminates the need to export information into an Excel spreadsheet to run queries which improves your data security. It’s also more convenient and reduces time spent on admin.

Raekwon Baptiste – Mining for Gold

A Momentous 18 Months

Raekwon Baptiste

There’s nothing more exciting in sport than the emergence of a future Olympic Champion, and this is where gymnastics really can capture the imagination. In the case of Raekwon Baptiste, this brilliant exponent of his art has captured the attention of coaches and talent spotters alike. Recently named the overall winner of The 2017 OCS Young Sportsperson of the Year, the Birmingham and Nottingham based athlete has already been tipped for future medal glory.

A Momentous 18 Months

The award was the icing on the cake for Raekwon, who last year became the under 14 British Champion, before lifting the English Championship just two weeks later. An important part of his gymnastics education was his involvement in Budapest in his first international, finishing an impressive second. He’s made two more international appearances to rubber stamp his potential as a genuine star on the circuit, but being modest as ever he commented; “I’ve done three internationals and at all of them I’ve come in the top three which I’m quite proud of. I think I’ve come first, second and third so I think that contributed a bit.”