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Where do all the odd socks go?!

As a proud mum to an 11 week old puppy, socks have suddenly become the “toy of choice”… whether they’re on our feet or not! So odd socks are likely to become even more plentiful in our household! However, even before the puppy it felt like a never ending chore, pairing up the odd socks (is anyone else convinced that their washing machine eats them?!!) so wearing odd socks for anti bullying week is very easy in our house! But what’s it all about?

The Anti Bullying Alliance uses odd sock day to raise awareness of bullying, highlight their campaign, and to show that it’s ok to be different.

This year the theme of the Anti Bullying Alliance campaign is “Change starts with us” – it’s so important to know that everyone has a part to play in preventing bullying, whether they’re a child in the playground, in the gym or on a sports field or an adult that is working with children.

“Change starts with us” is all about how we can all make small, simple changes to stop bullying behaviour, whether verbal, physical, online or in person. We ALL have a collective responsibility to make it happen in creating a safe environment for our children.

We’ve been doing our part here at Spiral Gymnastics club – not just taking part by wearing odd socks but, more importantly, making sure that our members know WHY we are doing it. Change starts with all of us and even just talking about it is a good thing…

Now, if I could just find that other sock….

#AntiBullyingWeek
#OddSock
#changestartswithus

Have you ever seen a GOAT do Gymnastics??!

Have you ever seen a GOAT do Gymnastics??! No, me neither…. Not, until that is, Simone Biles was christened as “The Greatest Of All Time” G.O.A.T.!!) at this year’s World Championships when she won a further 5 GOLD medals taking her total to a record 25 medals.

Simone Biles is, without doubt, in a league of her own when it comes to gymnastics excellence and continues to push the boundaries of the sport with another two moves named after her in this World Championships alone (including a controversial one for her dismount off beam which did not receive the difficulty rating which many believe should have been awarded).

If, like me, you grew up watching Nadia Comaneci flying through the air and pointing to the TV screen telling your parents you “want to be like her”, these days, with much more technology at our finger tips, it’s easier than ever before to watch the major competitions, either live or multiple times over via iPlayer or Youtube. It’s not uncommon for many sports clubs to see an increase in members following the Olympics or major World Championships and here at Spiral Gymnastics Club we are no exception.

So, whilst we may not have Simone Biles here at Spiral we are incredibly proud of each and every one of our gymnasts, right from our pre-schoolers through to our squad gymnasts. This year has seen some changes in our management team but we continue to go from strength to strength and our focus remains on providing a safe and fun environment for our members, regardless of their ability.

As our Term Time classes return from our half term break we are raring to go and have lots of exciting things planned in the run up to Christmas including badge testing on the 30th November and our Christmas parties on 14th December. Whilst there is a waiting list for some of our more popular classes, we have spaces in our Gym Tots classes and open sessions for pre-schoolers (Parent and Child)…. so if you want to get your child active and more involved in gymnastics, we’d love to see you (and we promise… no real goats!)