Head coach profile – Vicki Pritchard
Vicki is an ex-national Grade A trampolinist who trained as a performer and coach with Rosie Bascombe at Littledown Trampoline Club, and later at Ringwood & Bournemouth Trampoline and DMT Club. Both clubs produced world and British champions. Vicki also took gymnastics classes at Littledown Gym Club before deciding to focus on trampolining.
After retiring from competition, Vicki qualified as a coach and county judge in trampolining, coaching at R&B and chairing judging panels at regional competitions. After reading English at Worcester College, University of Oxford, she continued to coach, and moved to Devon, where she started working for OCRA and developed the gym, trampoline and DMT club. She is one of the trampoline coaches for the South West squad.
Vicki is qualified at UKCC level 3 and UKCC level 2 in five gymnastics disciplines, as well as level 3 theory and disability gymnastics (all British Gymnastics). She wrote OCRA’s gymnastics teacher training course which she delivers to schools in Devon. Vicki is also a BG club tumbling judge, a level 2 coach in foil, epee and sabre fencing (British Fencing), a HEMA coach (Ama-UK) and a Leader Archery coach (Archery GB).
Vicki has competed fencing for Hampshire and Devon and, in addition to her role as head coach, is Activities Manager for OCRA.
Okehampton Gym, Trampoline & DMT Club started with three trampoline and three gymnastics sessions per week. It now runs 27 sessions six days a week for children and adults in trampolining, double mini-trampoline (DMT), recreational artistic gymnastics including tumbling, freestyle gymnastics and disabilities. Its classes are great fun and are open to people of all ages and abilities. Extra training is available during the holidays as well as gym, trampoline and DMT camps.
The club works hard to continuously improve its facilities. In 2017, a Sport England grant of £10,000, support from local charities, and club fundraising enabled the club to put an additional £16,500 towards new equipment, which included a 4×4 Ultimate trampoline (the same model as used at the Rio Olympics), two double mini-trampolines, a DMT and tumbling landing area and a 14m sprung tumble track.
Okehampton Gym, Trampoline & DMT Club is also home of ‘OCRA Flyers’, a British Gymnastics club, set up to enable its gymnasts to enter regional and national competitions. The club has had amazing success in its first season of British Gymnastics competition (2017-2018), taking six places in the South West trampoline and DMT squads (4 squad places, 2 reserve places) and winning 4 national NDP gold medals in trampoline and DMT and 1 national NDP bronze medal in DMT, as well as several regional medals. OCRA will be entering more gymnasts next season.
Club gymnasts (representing West Devon) have won the South West Rotary Youth Games team gymnastics event for the last three years. The club hosted the gymnastics competition in 2016 and 2017 and will be entering gymnasts into tumbling competitions in the near future.
Okehampton Gym, Trampoline & DMT Club is now raising money for two more Ultimate 4×4 trampolines, competition end decks, mats and an inflatable pit to help develop its 280 gymnasts and accommodate more members. If anyone would like to make a donation, sponsor the club, or can help with funding, OCRA would be grateful if they could contact Vicki at email@example.com.