SNAP 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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
We 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 email@example.com. Judging is very easy and we will pay for your course. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
OCRA 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…)
OCRA 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!
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…)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
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.
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!
We 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 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!
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 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…)
Our 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 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 email@example.com.
OCRA 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…)
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…)
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to let her know how many tickets you would like and she will sort some out for you.
The event was part of OCRA’s Sportsweek, which promotes health and fitness for all. (more…)
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…)
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.
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…)
The 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…)
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…)
Well 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.
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 (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.
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.
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.