Gym Club News

Balance & Beam Awards Scheme

Balance & Beam Gymnastics devised their own in-house Awards Scheme for children from 3 years and up in 2020.  They have been very well received and it's exciting to see that many children are moving through the various Awards.Badge week marking has been taking place w/c 15th & w/c 20th June ready for presentations at the end of this term w/c 18th July in our Show WeekWe like to celebrate all achievements so as well as each child receiving an End of Term Certificate, if they have also chosen to receive our in-house awards they will be presented at the end of our Show Week at the same time.To clarifyFor our younger members (Age 3 - 5 Years) will be working on our Safari Awards starting with our Snake Award & then their 2nd Badge which is the Hippo & then Tiger Our 6 - 12 Year olds (Primary School Classes) will be doing their Badge 8 & Badge 7, 6 etc Our Advanced / Flic Flacs & Mini Flips Classes will be doing Badge 4, Badge 3, Badge 2 etc.All badge marking is done in our regular classes and built into our lesson planning so the children in the main, most probably won't realise they are being assessed.  We may ask parents to help them with a specific skill at home, if they are not quite there yet but we will always let you know well in advance of them being presented to make sure we can tick that box to help them pass.Please let us know if you have any questions

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Celebrate Your Special Day With Us!

Celebrate one of our Birthday Parties & have THE best time ever.We have introduced 3 new packages.  Remember all our Birthday Party Packages are Private which means you have the whole building just to yourselves and better still, our fully trained gymnastics coaches will take care of the children in the gym whilst you sit back and watch from the lobby areas with a cup of coffee with your family & friends 😊They are FUN, FUN, FUN!We are now booking into June, July & August - Make sure you don't leave it too late to reserve your slot!!To check availability send us an email with your requested date and we'll get back to you straight away Parents can drop their child off & go once we've taken all their details or they can stay to watch all the fun.  All we do ask is that if you are leaving, make sure you come back to pick them up. Obviously if your child is under 3 then parent participation is still required, so you're not going anywhere LOL!  😝All children are still signed in to the gym to comply with our Health & Safety proceduresOur party room can accommodate upto 30 children We've previously been voted No#2 Party Venue for North Staffordshire and we'd love to host YOUR parties so please don't leave it too late to find out about our fabulous, bespoke birthday parties here - we are experts in catering to the age of your children. Parties slots are held on Sundays from 10.00amPrices Start at:Members… £220 up to 10 guests - extra guests can be added onNon-Members… £250 up to 10 guests - extra guests can be added onTo see our party packages click here Email us to check availability If you've made your way down to here then you're interested, so here's some more reasons why you need to book your party here.WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU BOOK A BALANCE & BEAM BIRTHDAY! Balance & Beam’s parties have been voted one of the TOP PARTY VENUES in this area.Every one of our private parties are brilliantly organised and unique. We work with parents and grown ups to ensure their Balance & Beam Birthday Party is AWESUME for their child, totally STRESS FREE for them and FUN, FUN, FUN for everyone.We give you a 100% guarantee that everything will be just perfect for your little one’s special day.From the moment you and your party guests enter our bright and colourful, spotlessly clean gym our fully trained and experienced party hosts will take care of everything, meaning you just sit back and enjoy watching everyone having a fabulous time.About a Balance & Beam Birthday PartyFirst and foremost, CONTACT US NOW and reserve your party date… Our party slots book up quickly.Balance & Beam parties can be booked by both members and non-members.Our parties are suitable for 1-9 year olds and are completely instructor led by DBS checked, friendly & motivating staff.You will have exclusive use of our gym and all the facilities for the duration of your party.We can cater for mixed age group parties and create a party package that meets the needs of every child and their guests. We supply you with cute party invites that contain all the details about your Balance & Beam party.We will set up everything for you, including your own food. (We find that not too much food is best e.g.  one sandwich, crisps, fruit, a small cake or biscuit to finish & we'll provide juice & waterOur party hosts will make sure the children can get into everything.   We will also present your child with their Party cake & then cut it up and put it into your party bagsAnd BEST OF ALL we do all the cleaning up.All your party guests leave with a helium Balance & Beam balloon to say thank you for having your party with usReserve your party slot NOW

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FREE Trial Sessions for babies - 4 months - walking!

Babies can enjoy dedicated exercise classes just as much as their older peers here at Balance & Beam. Our Ladybugs (or baby exercise) classes are designed to stimulate and promote core physical activity from an early age. Your baby will develop a dynamic awareness of their surroundings guided by music and rhythm, all designed to kindle their little senses and advance motor-skill development.Classes are available for babies from just 4 months old and are completely instructor led. Sessions run weekly on Fridays and we offer a free taster session so you get to see what happens in one of our classes.Although all classes are designed for children, Balance & Beam help to grow a great social environment for new mums and dads, especially Post Covid with lots of little people not having had the chance to socialise in their first few months & even years of life. Our classes are a great opportunity for them to make new friends, all whilst learning more about their little bundles of fun as they actively participate in classes – sometimes they have more fun than the children!Our special introductory offer for only £130 for a 10-week course includes our £35 annual family membership.Call us now for more information and to secure your baby’s place on 01782 214452.Terms and Conditions: It's a Rolling Term with no start and stope date so you can start NOWA full programme is for 10 classesAnnual family membership is included in this special offerFree trial session available Class time is Friday at 11.35am - 12.20pm term time.  Classes do run through the summer holidays

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Spring Term 2022 Information + Prices

Our Spring term is in full swing and we're having a great time in classes with all our wonderful members.  We still have spaces in some of our parent/child classes and our after school ones, so please do get in touch if you have a new enquiry.We'd love you to see how much fun we DO have on a weekly basis by offering you a free trial session in one of our regular classes, spaces permittingThe price for the full term which starts 25th April until end July was £201.50.  Fees are pro-rated as and when you join, depending on spaces in class & we also offer instalment options to spread the payments over the termIf you're a new member, you will also need to pay our Annual family membership of £35 - which covers you for insurance in the gym for the whole year and gives you the ability to swap & change classes should you have to cancel through illness or holidays, free parking at Waterworld plus other member discounts & benefits.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to let us know by sending us an emailWe'd love you to become part of our amazing Balance & Beam family.With classes starting at 4 months old there's no better time to get your little person into a social environment and encouraging them to interact in our classes post Covid-19.For term time & class information please go to – Parent child (4 months - 3 years), Pre-school (3 years - 6 years), Primary School (6+ years)To book your free trial class or for further information please call us on 01782 214452 or fill in the Contact Form https://www.balanceandbeam.co.uk/contactClick through to our Youtube channel to watch some of our videos & see some of our testimonials www.youtube.com/balanceandbeamCheck out our facebook page to see what we get up to in class & read our testimonials. www.facebook.com/balanceandbeamPlease contact us on 01782 214452 or by email to book your free trial or for more information

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School Group Visits

GROUP OUTING FOR SCHOOLS / NURSERIES / SPECIAL EVENTS!! Balance & Beam Gymnastics offer group sessions during the day or on Sundays either as a one-off session or on a regular basis.Maybe you are looking for an extra PE session to help develop your year group. We guarantee it will be stress free for teachers / carers and amazing FUN for the children.Each 1 hour session will be action packed with warm ups, group activities, time on the equipment and will help develop their gross & fine motor skills as well as risk taking, problem solving skills, socialising with their peers and learning how to share, take turns and play nicely together.  An art a few children have lost Post Covid.You could be:A Nursery, Pre School, Primary SchoolYou may want a one off session or looking to book a term's worth.  You may be looking for an end of term Rewards day You may be looking after Beavers or Cubs groupsThese are just some ideas that may resonate with you and we'd love to help outOur school group activity sessions are a great opportunity to get children out of the classroom enjoying some physical fun.We are OFSTED registered and a full risk assessment policy will be provided for every visit.We can accommodate groups of up to 30 children and these visits are suitable for children from 3 years up to 8. Your visit will be led by our fully qualified instructors ensuring activities are always safe structured and suitable for each individual group visit. Each of our sessions will help children develop motor skills, with activities such as running, jumping, skipping, hopping and galloping.Children will be given the opportunity to experience all the equipment in the gym. Learning how to do forward rolls and trying cartwheels on the mats. Building muscle strength on the bars with swings, hangs and rotations and trying skills on the beam.All this is achieved in a fun filled hours session (or longer if required).Our school group visits are also a great opportunity for teaching staff to pick up ideas for their own physical activity sessions within school At the end of each visit all the children will be served juice /or water and biscuits.A real fun filled outing for everyone.

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Rhythm Time Classes at Balance & Beam Gymnastics, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays

Exposing your baby to early music making is very special. It’s the best gift you can ever give them...AND we’re thrilled to hold our classes at Balance & Beam on Tuesday, Thursday & Friday mornings during term time. It’s just £19.76 per month which spreads the cost of 36 weeks of classes across a whole calendar year. It works out at £6.56 per class, just give 30 days notice to leave..Class Times Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays: Toddler/Preschool at 9.45Tuesday/Thursday: Baby Classes at 10.35, 11.25Friday: Baby Class at 10.35Any parents wishing to book a Rhythm Time music class for their baby or toddler can visit www.rhythmtime.net/jd228 or contact Jo on 07947 525791.The importance of going to music classes with your babyMusic is a universal language that everyone loves and understands, but did you know that it is the only activity that can stimulate and activate every part of your baby’s brain?Contrary to common belief, every child is born musical and as parents, all you have to do is nurture this innate ability. In other words, it is your baby’s environment that will determine how musical they will become. Lots of simple activities can be done at home with your baby to help stimulate and encourage their development through music. However, being a new mum can be quite lonely so going along to a structured, educational music group will give you, as a parent, confidence and new ideas about what to continue doing at home while socialising and making new friends. Don’t forget that singing also releases the “happy hormone“ so singing together in a group with other mums is really beneficial for everyone. Making music with others is such a happy, joyful experience and there is no substitute for a child and parent taking part in a live music session. This is because you will both be experiencing music in the here and now and the benefits of being involved for both you and your baby are far reaching.It’s also never too early to join a baby music class in which you can learn all about how music can help stimulate your baby’s development. For example, Rhythm Time’s award-winning and unique music curriculum involve fun, structured and educational classes that will help you to understand how music can help your child’s development, as well as build their creativity, co-ordination and confidence.Here are some of the benefits early music-making and singing will bring:• Singing simple songs to you baby will help develop their speech and language skills. (Your baby will sing before they speak.)• Songs with actions are great fun but they also stimulate your baby’s auditory development and the actions will help them gain understanding and the meaning of the words.• Moving and rocking to music will help develop their vestibular system, inner ear and sense of balance.• Using various props will help stimulate their vision, eye tracking, co-ordination and motor skills.• Using simple percussion instruments will help develop their listening, small motor skills, co-ordination, sensory awareness, and determination as they try again and again to master playing the instrument.• Shaking small instruments, such as a maraca, will stimulate your baby’s auditory reflexes and help develop a sense of rhythm and pulse which is very important for language development and creative expression.• Exercising to music will help strengthen and develop their muscles, while at the same time instilling a sense of pulse, (which is like the heartbeat your baby was listening to in the womb.)• Playing peekaboo will help to develop their visual memory, listening skills, social interaction, and will give your baby a sense of themselves as being separate from you.Rhythm Time also offer Young Baby classes specially created for newborns up to 6 months.These have been specifically designed for infants at this very early stage.Written by a music teacher who is passionate about the benefits of music for babies and young children, the young baby classes, and older baby classes (6mths to 14mths) include a number of musical activities that will help a child’s early development: Babies can enjoy many multi-sensory activities to music involving equipment such as balls, mirrors, scarves, lycra, sensory blankets, lights, foil and bubbles. All these help to enhance all their senses, which is highly beneficial at this early stage in their development.

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Gymnastics … It’s NOT just a girl thing!!

Sterotypically, gymnastics has always been seen as a girls’ activity. A bit like football and rugby are ‘for boys’... But that’s just not so. More and more girls are getting into football and rugby and we need that stigma to change with respect to boys ‘getting into gymnastics’ too. We’ve seen the trends changing in adult gyms where 'cross fit' and 'functional fitness' are becoming extremely popular with the guys but you need a great foundation & core to be able to do the things they do. How cool is it to do back flips and somersaults and start that 6-pack early? And it’s not just the men who want them, women want them too.Getting fit and keeping healthy is all about having regular daily physical activities and more importantly doing something that you enjoy and that’s why WE are so much more than a gym class. Yes, we are learning how to do handstands and cartwheels and forward rolls etc., BUT we also tick all the boxes that youngsters need to gain a love of sport that will last through to adulthood: Physical FunSocialising with new friendsLearning how to turn takeLearning how to shareLearning that it’s OK NOT to be able to do something the first time...remember the old adage...if at first you don’t succeed....Being able to let off steam in a safe, fun, nurturing environment – it’s not easy being a child these daysLearn how to be safe risk taking....all the skills our children learn are transferable into their everyday lifeOur small class sizes held on a weekly basis are designed to develop everyone at their own pace with the main focus being FUN, FUN, FUN for every child. Our classes have a mix of both boys and girls which is fantastic for the social interaction and development of children. We also have male and female instructors at the gym as we believe that it is important for young children to have both male and female role models. Seeing both women and men working together is representative of how great communities live and work together.By Introducing children to a gymnastics class you are helping them in all areas of their development.Top 10 Health Benefits of being a gymnastContact us NOW to book your free taster session!.Could you have a future Gymnastic STAR in your household?Here at Balance & Beam we truly believe our Gymnastic based Child Development Programme can help all children, irrelevant of their ability to be the very best they can be. The recent Gymnastic World Cup Event held in Birmingham is a fantastic example of what can be achieved through hard work and commitment. Developing this positive mind-set helps children to succeed in all walks of the lives both now and in the future. https://www.british-gymnastics.org/gymnast-profiles/378540/joe-fraser

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Our Cancellation / Make Up Policy

Our Cancellation/Make-up PolicyDon’t lose any of your paid for classes!Part of your annual membership fee at Balance & Beam is access to our cancellation/make-up policy.So remember if you cannot attend your class for whatever reason follow the cancellation procedure and never lose a class. To qualify for a make-up class you MUST advise us of your absence in advance or latest 9.00am of the morning of your scheduled class. (8.30am for Saturday Parent/child classes)We will then cancel your scheduled class and you can book a catch up session.If we are coming to the end of term, you will be allowed to carry 2 cancelled classes forward to the new term AS LONG AS you have re-enrolled & paid for the new term.  Unfortunately we can not allow carry forward classes but will make every attempt to fit your catch up classes during the current term. 

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Fun Filled Activity/Gymnastics Camps at Balance & Beam

SUMMER HOLIDAY CAMPS are being planned right this minuteGet ready for lots of super fun throughout August with our action packed holiday camps.  We're ready to take your bookings online RIGHT NOW so please head over to the Holiday Camp Booking Page to see what days we're running them & how to book in and More importantly make sure you do it sooner rather than later whilst we still have space.....here's some important information about our camps....SERIOUS WARNING: Only attend our camps if your child is ALWAYS  bursting with energy and looking for FUN, FUN, FUN!!!!!!We offer excellent, high energy, fun filled child care during the school holidays?We're OFSTED Registered & our staff are DBS checked. We also accept Child Care Vouchers / Tax Free Credits.Suitable for Children 3-10 yearsWHAT DOES A DAY AT CAMP WITH US LOOK LIKE?AM Camp 9.30am-12.30pmPM Camp 1.30pm-4.30pmCamp starts with a 1 hour 15 minutes fully instructor led gym session. Group activities give all the children time to settle in and get acquainted. Then group games and fun time to try out our full size gymnastic equipment. After that, it’s on into our party room for 45 minutes to recharge batteries with a freshly prepared healthy snack. (Food allergies are catered for on request) Children are encouraged to get creative in a themed craft activity too. Then it’s back into the gym for another hour of instructor led gym fun and games If children are staying with us all day, lunch break is from 12.30 till 1.30. This is a supervised FREE hour where children go into our party room to eat their own packed lunch or Pre-Ordered Subway Kidspak (charged extra at £3.50)   We then encourage children to take some quiet time. This will always be fully supervised and is a great opportunity for children to make new friends. So that's a typical day at one of our amazing camps. We guarantee your little people will leave Balance & Beam exhilarated, happy and probably shattered.Each camp day is different, so if you want to do the odd half or full day or 2 or 3 days per week, rest assured they will get to meet lots of new friends each day; and explore different activities day in and day out.So that’s our action packed Half Day Camp!Find out more & book here! 

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M Swim in Partnership with Balance & Beam

Here at Balance & Beam we are proud to announce that we have partnered up with M Swim, a brand-new swimming school, who provide 5-star swimming lessons across the city. Lessons will take place at Waterworld’s tropical-themed pool (outside of opening hours) and in the dedicated learner pool at M Club Newcastle, which is perfect for those little swimmers who like it extra warm!M Swim’s qualified and friendly instructors will ensure that your children become competent, confident and happy little swimmers!  Please see their proposed timetable of classes below.M Club Newcastle Tuesdays 2.30pm- Baby/Toddler3pm- Baby/Toddler3.30pm- Baby/Toddler4pm- Beginners Class Wednesdays 10am- Baby/Toddler1.30pm- Baby/Toddler2.00pm- Baby/Toddler2.30pm- Baby/Toddler3pm- Baby/Toddler3.30pm- Baby/ToddlerSaturdays 1.30pm- Beginners2pm- Beginners 3.30pm- Improvers4.30pm- Improvers5pm- ImproversWaterworld Mondays 6pm - Improvers6.30pm Beginners 7pm- ImproversTuesdays 4pm- Beginners6.30pm- Improvers7pm- ImproversFor more information please head over to their website M Swim - M Club Spa & FitnessAnd for more information about accessing your exclusive Balance & Beam discount, email scg@waterworld.co.uk and a member of the M Swim team will be in touch to further discuss your swimming requirements.

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