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Dover Gymnastics Club has been teaching the next generation of competition officials

Dover Gymnastics Club News Story

The club spent the afternoon at The Folkestone Academy to train 20 of their Sports Leaders how to judge at Key Step Gymnastics competitions.

The students learned about the basic shapes, moves and skills involved in the Key Step programme which has three elements: Body Management, Floor Routines and Vault.

The students then took part in practical exercises and watched videos of floor and vault routines to practice their judging.

They will be putting their new skills to good use next Monday when they will be judging at the Secondary Schools Floor & Vault competition organised by Dover Gym Club and being held at The Folkestone Academy.

The event has attracted 155 students from 14 different schools across Kent, from as far away as Dartford, Tonbridge and Sittingbourne.

The Academy’s Sports Leaders are now also qualified to judge at the Shepway Key Step qualifying heat for primary schools in May and the Key Step finals at Pegasus Gym Club in Maidstone in June.

Competition Organiser Jon Green, who is a Director at Dover Gym Club, said: ‘We’ve built a really good link with The Folkestone Academy as part of our commitment to support the wider community and promote gymnastics to young people.

‘We’ve been working in partnership with them to organise the first ever major gymnastics competition for secondary schools and our coaches have delivered workshops and have just started a gymnastics club for their students as part of a sport extension.

‘I was very impressed by the Academy’s Sports Leaders, all very enthusiastic and willing to help and it’s important we develop these young people as they will be the competition organisers and officials of the future.’