Club Rules (incl. Dress Code)

Parents should become familiar with the club rules and relevant policies.  Below is a summary for quick reference. For more information, policies and our Codes of Practice, please see the 'Club Policies' page.

Our Rules are in place for the safety and happiness of the gymnasts, as well as the smooth running of all classes (which of course benefits the children as well) ...

Most important rules for Gymnasts:                                                                              

  • Always listen carefully to your coaches and do only the things they tell you to do
  • Never go on the equipment until your coach tells you to do so
  • Try your best
  • Be kind and respectful to others

Most important rules for Parents:                                                                                 

  • Arrive on time and wait with your child until the class is called in
  • Ensure that children are dressed appropriately for class and jewelry is removed (see below)
  • Do not bring in a child who is sick
  • Ensure your contact details and other information we hold is up to date (let us know if anything changes!)
  • Pick up your child directly from the hall at the end of the class
  • Parents of younger gymnasts should watch the class from the viewing area (if children need the toilet they will be allowed to go via this route so you need to be there to take them).

Dress Code For Gymnastics:                                                                                        

Our dress code reflects the British Gymnastics Association policy on appropriate dress for gymnastics activity. It is the responsibility of parents to ensure that children are appropriately dressed for class. This includes the removal of jewellery and the securing of hair.  Coaches have the right to refuse to allow children to participate on grounds of reasonable safety if they attend inappropriately dressed.


 No Jewellery: The wearing of any jewellery whatsoever is strictly prohibited for gymnastics activities.  This includes earrings and any other piercings which must be removed for gymnastics class.  We are happy to allow stud earings to be tapped for the period of 6 - 8 weeks whilst the peircing heals.  After this, the earings must be removed for gymnastics.  PARENTS must ensure that the earings are taped during this time, the club and coaches will not provide the materials to do this or do it for the children.  Hoop earrings or any other jewellery may NOT be worn under any circumstances, taped or not.

The British Gymnastics Policy on Jewellery can be found in the [Club Policies] section of this website under [Health and Safety].

 Hair:  Hair must be tied back or secured completely off the face.  Long hair must be secured in a ponytail(s) or plaited. Soft hair ties only, and flat hair clips. No hard protruding decorations.

The British Gymnastics Code of Dress Policy which includes information on exemption can be found in the [Policies] section of this website and select [Health and Safety].

 Footwear:  Gymnastics is usually performed in bare feet. Some specialised footwear can be worn for some disciplines at competitive level.  For some activities, socks are worn to protect the feet. For general participation, gymnasts may wear socks with grip on the bottom ONLY if they have a communicable foot disease or condition that presents symptoms that the wearing of socks will ease.  Please let your coach know if your child needs to wear socks and ensure that they have suffiucient grip on the soles.

PLEASE NOTE:  Participation Insurance is invalid if the rules on dress and jewellery are contravened.

Specific Circumstances: To ensure that our activities are accessible to all, if there is a cultural or religious reason for the wearing of specific attire that contravenes our dress code, please speak directly to your head coach who will guide you through the exceptions process.


Coaches reserve the right to refuse admittance to children arriving late on grounds of reasonably safety.  The first few minutes of each class are spent on activities which warms the children up. This is followed by loosening and stretching ready for gymnastics.

PLEASE NOTE: It is the clubs strict policy NOT to allow participation of gymnasts who arrive after the warm up has ended, whatever the reason.  Allowing a child to participate without having a suitable warm up contravenes British Gymnastics Policy and therefore renders the clubs and the individuals insurance invalid.

Where possible we will allow a late gymnast to join in with another class for warm up if one is about to begin.  IF you are running very late, we strongly advise you come in with your child to ensure he/she can participate, rather than just dropping him/her off.

Although it may be distressing for your child to miss class when things go wrong, it is more distressing to be dropped off and not be able to participate.


We cannot accompany children to the toilet, but will allow them to go if needed. If you are not happy for your child to visit the toilet alone a parent MUST be close by in case they need to go!

Please try to get gymnasts to visit the toilet before class. We prefer that gymnasts do not leave the hall and particularly during the first half hour of the class.  Generally, gymnasts will not be allowed to leave the hall during warm up unless the need is urgent.  It would be helpful if parents could help support us in this in anyway possible.

(We do understand that with the younger children, accidents will happen and we have a policy of not making an issue of it when it does)