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Family gymnastics at OCRA (10/1/2018)

Bring a Parent to Gym 2018Parents had great fun at OCRA Gym, Trampoline & DMT Club’s ‘Bring a Parent to Gym’ week. The annual event encourages parents to join in with their child’s weekly session, and gives children the chance to teach their parents some skills! (more…)

OCRA gymnasts show off some skills! (8/1/2018)

Super Sporting Sunday 2018 adult DMTOCRA Gym, Trampoline & DMT Club took trampolines and a track into Simmons Park for Super Sporting Sunday to show the public some of the skills they have been learning at the club.

Super Sporting Sunday is a fun day with a variety of free activities on offer for the public to try, and is the last day of OCRA’s Sport & Fitness Festival, a week of sporting activity for all. (more…)

SNAP (Special Needs in the Park) (7/29/2018)

Image: Natalie trampolining SNAPSNAP is a fun, social club for children and young people with special needs to make friends and learn new skills.

Led by Melissa Coyle, Elaine Lightfoot and Vicki Pritchard, children and young people meet every Thursday, 6.45-8.15pm, to enjoy music, dance, gymnastics, trampolining, and develop throwing, catching and other fundamental movement skills through games and other sports. (more…)

British NDP titles for OCRA Flyers (7/24/2018)

image: NDP Finals 2018OCRA Flyers trampolinists have secured two British NDP titles at the individual trampoline, DMT and tumbling NDP finals, held at the Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham.

Owen Pitman and Imogen Spooncer qualified for the national NDP finals at the regional team finals, a national event held at the Birmingham Arena in June, where Owen secured two individual gold medals in trampoline and double mini trampoline, and Imogen won a bronze medal in DMT. Both were representing the South West. (more…)

OCRA Gymnasts Take Youth Games Title (7/24/2018)

West Devon team 2018 gold medalOCRA gymnasts, representing West Devon, won team gold at the South West Rotary Youth Games in Dawlish in July.

This is the third year running that OCRA gymnasts have won the event. The team was coached by Vicki Pritchard and supervised by Courtenay Bolt on the day. (more…)

Gallery: NDP Finals, Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham (7/23/2018)

Gallery of photos from our medal-winning event, the NDP finals at Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham. (more…)

Three national NDP medals for OCRA Flyers trampolinists (6/26/2018)
OCRA Flyers at the Barclaycard Arena
OCRA Flyers at the Barclaycard Arena

OCRA Flyers trampolinists won two individual gold medals and one individual bronze medal at the NDP regional team finals at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham on 16th and 17th June.

The regional finals is a national event that has 13 regional squads across the UK competing against each other for the regional team trophy and individual medals. (more…)

OCRA Adult Gym and Trampoline tonight (6/14/2018)

Come along to OCRA Adult Gym and Trampoline tonight for a fun way of keeping fit!

With new equipment funded by Sport England.

Beginners welcome.

Every Thursday during term time, 8.30-9.30pm, in the Okehampton College Gym. Only £4 per session.

OCRA Flyers train for South West Team (5/25/2018)

OCRA Flyers at South West trampoline and DMT team trainingOCRA Flyers at South West trampoline and DMT team training at OLGA, Poole, on Sunday 20th May. Thank you to Sport England for funding our new Ultimate 4×4 trampoline and double mini trampoline!

Left to right: Imogen Spooncer, Owen Pitman, Madison Vine.

OCRA Flyers take off for the Regionals (4/9/2018)
Image: OCRA Flyers team: Imogen Spooncer, Owen Pitman, Madison Vine, Miya Porter, Bethan Honey
OCRA Flyers team: Imogen Spooncer, Owen Pitman, Madison Vine, Miya Porter, Bethan Honey

Congratulations to OCRA Flyers Gym and Trampoline Club, who have taken six places in the South West trampoline and double mini trampoline squads.

The South West regional team qualifying competition was held at the University of Bath. The top two performers in each grade and age group in trampoline and double mini trampoline (DMT) qualify for places in the regional team, with performers who come third and fourth qualifying as reserves. (more…)

Appeal for volunteer judges! (3/9/2018)

Image: Double-Mini-Trampoline-3We are currently only permitted to enter 2 gymnasts into regional competitions, and 4 gymnasts into county competitions as we have no qualified officials. We have many children in the club who would like the chance to compete, but to enable them to do this, we need parents to qualify as tumbling, DMT and trampoline judges and to be prepared to judge on competition days.

If you’re interested in qualifying as a judge, please contact Vicki at vicki@ocrasport.org.uk. Judging is very easy and we will pay for your course. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

More top results from South West regionals (3/3/2018)

Image: Owen Pitman, Miya Porter, Bethan Honey: Bath regionals Feb 2018OCRA Flyers achieved top results at the South West trampoline and double mini-trampoline regionals.

A grant from Sport England to develop gym and trampolining for over 13s and adults enabled the club to purchase a 4×4 competition trampoline and double mini-trampoline (DMT). The equipment has given young people the opportunity to achieve a higher level in trampolining and to try a new gymnastics discipline. (more…)

New DMT and landing area! (11/5/2017)

Image: A double mini trampoline by Dabbler at the English language Wikipedia [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0Following more fundraising, we were able to purchase a second hand DMT and landing area from Ringwood & Bournemouth Trampoline Club over Christmas. Both were used by several members of the GB DMT squad. The landing area is also perfect for tumbling.

 

More success for OCRA Flyers (11/2/2017)

Image: Miya Porter, Owen Pitman, October 2017 Bath regionalsOCRA Flyers had another great day at the October South West regional trampolining competition.

At his first regionals, Owen Pitman achieved top form scores to secure second place in the NDP4 Men’s 13+ category. Miya Porter performed two quality routines to come 5th in the NDP3 Women’s 13+ class.

Well done to both gymnasts!

OCRA Flyers go down a storm at Whirlwinds competition (10/17/2017)

Image: Owen Pitman, Miya Porter, Bethan Honey: Whirlwinds competition Oct 2017OCRA Flyers Gym and Trampoline Club came away with more medals from the Whirlwinds competition in Taunton.

Miya Porter was the first to compete in the NDP3 U14 competition, performing two excellent, controlled routines to second place.

Owen Pitman won the NDP4 14+ class, with two stylish routines, finishing four marks ahead of the other competitors.

Bethan Honey came first in the Schools U11 competition, also with two excellent routines. (more…)

NEW satellite gym sessions for pre-schoolers at the Okey Cokey! (9/15/2017)

Okey Cokey Soft Play and Party CentreWe have teamed up with the Okey Cokey to run extra gymnastics sessions on Mondays and Fridays.

The sessions are open to 3-4 year olds and currently run on Mondays, 11-11.40am and 12.20-1pm, with a new session to start soon at 11.40am-12.20pm. The Friday session is 11-11.40am. All sessions are £3.

Children take part in fun warm up and stretching games and learn basic jumps, rolls and balances, as well as skills on apparatus including beam, springboard and vault.

The Okey Cokey is a lovely venue with a café for parents to sit in while their children are doing gymnastics, and a play area for children to enjoy before or after the session.

We still have spaces available, so if your son or daughter would like to come along, please contact vicki@ocrasport.org.uk to book.

Thank you to the Manor House Hotel! (9/10/2017)

South West Youth Games 9 July 2017 - PHOTO: Tom Sandberg/PPAUKA big thank you to the Manor House Hotel for their generosity in purchasing a tumbling landing mat, soft play wedges and a soft play cylinder for OCRA Gymnastics Club.

The 3m x 2m landing mat will enable us to prepare our tumblers for competitions, and the soft play wedges and cylinder are versatile pieces of equipment that can be used for teaching rolls to pre-schoolers and more advanced skills to older gymnasts.

Bounceathon! (8/20/2017)

OCRA Gym and Trampoline Club did more fundraising this summer with a Bounceathon on 19th August, where children could come along and learn skills on trampolines, trampette and air track at only £5 for two hours!

The day was run entirely by volunteers so thank you to everyone for your hard work!

£10,000 grant awarded by Sport England for NEW adult gym and trampoline session! (8/11/2017)

Sport England / National Lottery FundedWe have recently been awarded £10,000 by Sport England to run an adult gym and trampoline session on a Thursday, 8.30-9.30pm!

The session is for teenagers and adults (14+) and participants can choose whether they do gym, trampolining or both. (more…)

OCRA trampolinists and gymnasts wow audiences at Super Sporting Sunday display (7/18/2017)

OCRA-Trampolining-Super-Sporting-SundayOCRA Gym and Trampoline Club wowed audiences at Super Sporting Sunday on 16 July, with trampolining and tumbling displays that included double somersaults and double twisting somersaults.

They also ran free have-a-go sessions for children and adults on the trampoline and inflatable tumble track.

It was a great day, despite the wet weather!

Well done West Devon gymnasts! (7/10/2017)

South West Youth Games at Simmons Park, Okehampton, Devon on 9 July. - PHOTO: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK

Congratulations to the West Devon gymnastics team for coming first in the South West Youth Games gymnastics competition.

An annual event, the competition requires gymnasts to compete a Key Steps floor routine, a vault exercise and a range and conditioning routine. The scores of the top four gymnasts in each team are then added together to form the total mark. (more…)

OCRA Flyers Streets Ahead (7/6/2017)

OCRA Flyers came away with more medals from the Griffin trampoline competition in Street on Sunday 18 June.

The busy competition had large classes and competitors from across the South West. Trampolinists were required to perform one compulsory routine and one voluntary routine, for which they could perform higher difficulty skills. The scores from the two routines were added together to form the total mark. (more…)

NEW sprung track for OCRA Gymnastics Club! (7/3/2017)

Stretching_on_sprung_trackOur hard work raising money for a sprung tumble track has finally paid off! We were able to purchase a Continental sprung track in July, meaning we can prepare our gymnasts to enter tumbling competitions.

The Inner Wheel of Okehampton and the Rotary Club of Okehampton also made a very generous contribution of £300 each towards the track. (more…)

OCRA Flyers at Bath Regionals (3/7/2017)

OCRA_Flyers_Angus_and_Miya_Bath_regional_photoOCRA Flyers Gym and Trampoline Club had a successful day at their first British Gymnastics Bath regional trampoline competition.

Angus Bond won the NDP4 13+ class with two solid routines and a top score for range and conditioning. Miya Porter came 8th in the 11-12 NDP3 class, also with two excellent routines.

Both gymnasts normally train on school trampolines, so they did well to adjust to the top level trampolines they had to compete on.

To top a great day, they also met Olympic trampolinist Nathan Bailey.

OCRA Flyers coach Vicki Pritchard said: “Both gymnasts did well at their first regional level competition, which is a big step up from county level. They have also qualified for the regional team selection event in March, so they are working hard to prepare for that”.

The club has been raising money for equipment to give children in Okehampton and the surrounding area the chance to compete trampolining at a higher level and to compete tumbling. It still has a long way to go, so any donations or sponsorship would be greatly appreciated.

For more information about the club, contact vicki@ocrasport.org.uk.


 

OCRA Gym Club on a roll (12/27/2016)

Demelza Brock OCRA Gym Club competition 2016OCRA Gym Club ran its first club tumbling competition in December. The competition was a fundraising event to raise money for a sprung tumbling track to enable its more advanced gymnasts to enter regional level competitions.

Each gymnast from the club performed a basic pass on floor mats or an advanced tumbling pass on an inflatable air track, and a range and conditioning routine to assess their strength and flexibility. The scores from each pass and the routine were added together to form the total mark. (more…)

High flyers from OCRA Trampoline Club (12/9/2016)

Sophie_Wyer_Griffin_competition_medallist Sophie Wyer, Angus Bond and Cerys EyreOCRA Trampoline Club came away with four medals from the Griffin Trampoline competition in Street on Sunday 13th November.

It was a busy competition with a friendly atmosphere. The trampolines were top level 6x4s and 4x4s, so the children did well to adjust to the bouncier trampolines with only three or four practice warm ups.

In her first competition, Bethan Honey won the gold medal in the U11 Award 6 class, with Alice Smith taking silver. Elise Boucher gave two steady performances in the U9 Award 6 to come 7th. (more…)

A Hallowe’en disco to raise the spirits (11/9/2016)

Children and parents had a hauntingly good time at OCRA Gym and Trampoline Club’s Hallowe’en party on Friday 28th October.

Held to raise money for competition equipment, the fancy dress disco saw children and parents arrive dressed as vampires, princesses, spiders, ghosts and ghouls.

After receiving their free ‘vampire’ cordial, the children played fun Hallowe’en games, including zombie musical statues, musical bumps and a dance off. There were prizes for the winners of each competition, including the best home-carved pumpkin and the best fancy dress costume.

A raffle added to the excitement of the evening, with prizes donated by Occasions in Okehampton, Quinns Hairdressing, Waitrose, the Pavilion in the Park, OCRA and parents from the club. The event was entirely run by volunteers, and raised approximately £285 towards equipment.

The gym and trampoline club has 240 members and 270 children and young people on its waiting list. It is currently looking for funding to purchase competition equipment so that its gymnasts and trampolinists can enter higher level competitions.

Hallowe’en disco! (10/11/2016)

Club Halloween party 2016We are holding a Hallowe’en fancy dress disco at the Pavilion in the Park on Friday 28th October, 6-8pm, £2.50 per person. This is a fundraising event to raise money for a sprung tumble track.

The entry fee includes a free ‘vampire’ drink. As well as a disco, there will be Hallowe’en games for the younger children, including a spookiest talent competition, a dance off and a pumpkin competition (bring in your home-carved pumpkins and we will decide on a winner). There will also be a prize for the best costume.

Tickets can be purchased from the gym and trampoline club staff during sessions. If you can’t get to sessions over the next couple of weeks or you are not a member of the club but would like to come to the party, please email Vicki at vicki@ocrasport.org.uk to let her know how many tickets you would like and she will sort some out for you.

‘Bring a Parent to Gym’ week (7/31/2016)

Image: 'Bring a parent to gym week'OCRA Gymnastics Club ran a ‘Bring a Parent to Gym’ week in July, where parents of children in the pre-school and beginner classes could come and learn gymnastics skills with their children.

The event was part of OCRA’s Sportsweek, which promotes health and fitness for all. (more…)

Festival tumbling and trampolining (7/18/2016)

Image: gym display Gym display photo 2OCRA Gymnastics and Trampoline Club wowed audiences with a tumbling and trampolining display on 10th July.

The display was part of OCRA’s Sport and Fitness Festival, a week of fun sporting activities where anyone can come along and have a go. (more…)

OCRA gymnasts win Devon Games competition (7/10/2016)
West Devon winners, 2016
West Devon winners Shea, Jonah, Bethan, Sienna, Eloise, Demelza

Congratulations to the West Devon gymnastics team who won the Devon Games team gymnastics competition on 3rd July.

The gymnasts were selected at area trials and performed a floor routine, a body management exercise comprising strength and flexibility skills and a vault exercise.

The team selected for West Devon was Demelza Brock, Eloise Cole, Shea Coyle, Bethan Honey and Jonah Lynch, with Sienna Fuller and Trinity Bridger as reserves.

 

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Six medals from Totnes (5/17/2016)

OCRA Tramplining teamOCRA Gymnastics and Trampoline Club had a good day at the Tornadoes competition in Totnes on 1st May, coming away with six medals.

For many, it was their first experience of a trampoline competition. For the more seasoned competitors, it was a chance to try out a higher grade. (more…)

Down’s Syndrome Association visit SNAP (4/3/2016)

SNAP - gym visit Downs Syndrome Assoc 2016The Down’s Syndrome Association visited OCRA’s special needs class, SNAP, as part of Down’s Syndrome Awareness week, to see the impact our sessions have had on children and young people with disabilities in Okehampton and the local community. (more…)

Sponsored Skills! (2/4/2016)

OCRAgym photo_200_100We are running a ‘Sponsored Skills!’ event after half term to raise money for a sprung track. This can cost between £6,000 and £15,000, so we need as many gymnasts to get involved as possible.

Gymnasts must be 5 years or over to take part. Each gymnast will set themselves a target, e.g. 100 forward and backward rolls, 200 cartwheels or 150 somersaults in an hour, and find as many people to sponsor them as possible, filling in the details of sponsors on the attached form. (more…)

Devon Youth Games (12/18/2015)

OCRAgym photo_424_288Well done to the West Devon gym team Katie Chapman, Melissa Doble-Headon, Oscar Hughes, Poppy Twort and Adam Voaden, who secured a bronze medal at the Devon Youth Games with superb performances on floor, vault and body management.

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Honiton, Totnes and Devon medal medley (11/10/2015)

oreo-medalsOCRA Trampoline Club topped their competition success last month (October 2015), coming home with an array of medals from the Honiton and Totnes friendly competitions and the Devon Championships.

The club has been developing its competitive side and this year has started a squad to develop young athletes who want to reach a higher level in the sport. (more…)

SNAP passes proficiency awards (9/30/2015)

Kiah trampolining SNAP photo websiteCongratulations to OCRA’s SNAP children for passing their trampoline and gymnastics proficiency awards.

SNAP (Special Needs in the Park) is a fun, social club for children and young people with disabilities, that teaches fundamental movement skills through gymnastics, trampolining, dance and music.

 

Medals from Totnes (5/7/2015)
Sophie Wyer and William Bridges
Sophie Wyer and William Bridges

OCRA Trampoline Club came away with more medals from the Tornadoes competition in Totnes on 26th April.

In her first competition, Sophie Wyer performed two excellent routines in the N1 category to win a bronze medal.

Melissa Doble-Headon came 6th in NDP1, and William Bridges won a silver medal in the NDP2 category.

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New heights for OCRA trampoline squad (10/14/2014)
Certificates of achievement
William, Tallulah, Harrison, Angus, Miya, Faye, Isabella

OCRA Trampoline Club had a successful day at the South Devon Flyers annual competition on 13th July, coming home with five medals.

Most of the competitors are part of OCRA’s new trampoline squad, which focuses on developing and training young trampolinists for competitions.

Competitors have to perform two routines in front of a panel of judges. The scores are then added together to form the final mark.

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Medal haul at Honiton (3/19/2014)

OCRA Trampoline Club Oct 2014 medal winnersOCRA Trampoline Club has returned from the annual Honiton Hurricanes competition with more top results.

With one gold medal, two silver medals and other high rankings, the young trampolinists outclassed many more experienced competitors.

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