How Can We Help?

Want to join our club? Or maybe you are getting ready for your first session?

Here are a few things you might like to know!

If your question isn't answered here, then feel free to email us at wirralgymclub@gmail.com

 

Membership

How do I sign up?

If you are looking for Adults and Under 5's daytime sessions, or Adults-Only evening sessions, there's no need to book - just turn up! For our Independent Pre-School daytime spaces, please email us at wirralgymclub@gmail.com to book a course.

All our other classes currently have a significant waiting list, so please fill out an enquiry form on the Contact Us tab. We will email you within two weeks to confirm that you have been added to the list, and will then contact you to offer the next suitable space once you reach the top.

Do you take beginners?

Absolutely! We pride ourselves on offering gymnastics classes for all ages and abilities. Our diverse range of groups allows children to train at a level appropriate for them, where they will be challenged without being overwhelmed.

See our Regular Classes page for more.

Do you offer adult classes?

We certainly do. We have a range of evening drop-in session suitable for adults. See our Regular Classes page for more!

Do all gymnasts enter competitions?

All our gymnasts will be invited to at least one competition per year (excluding Adult classes and Adults and Under 5's), but recreational gymnasts do not have to take part if they do not want to. Some of our gymnasts will be invited to take part in extra competitions when appropriate.

When are fees due?

For all sessions, members must pay a small annual fee for Club Membership and British Gymnastics Insurance.

 

For Adult and Under 5's daytime sessions and Adult-Only evening sessions, fees are paid in cash on the door at the start of each session.

For all other recreational sessions, courses are booked in blocks of 8 weeks. The fees are due at the start of each 8 week block.

 
 
 
 
 

When will my email be answered?

If you sent us an email and haven't heard back, fear not! We will always respond as soon as possible, but our administration department is run solely by volunteers, so at busy times (for example, when we have weekend competitions or daytime holiday sessions), there may be a delay.

Rest assured, we will always get back to you. Please avoid sending chaser emails wherever possible, as this adds extra work for the admin team and slows the process down further.

Thank you for your patience!

 
 

Getting Here

Are you open during the holidays?

For evening sessions: yes! We are open all year round, except for public holidays and a few days at Christmas. Evening sessions continue as normal during school holidays.

For daytime sessions: no. Daytime classes are term-time only, but please check the gym's closing dates as not all schools are on holiday at the same time.

We also regularly run a Holiday Club during the daytime in school holidays. Keep an eye on our Classes page to see if there are any sessions coming up!

 

Is there parking?

We do have a small free car park near the gym, but parking is limited. The car park directly outside the gym entrance is reserved for coaches only, so we kindly request that parents use our other car park located next to this (to the right as you face the building).

 

Alternatively, there is pay and display parking in the nearby streets and a couple of car parks within walking distance including the one at Woodside Ferry terminal.

How do I get to you?

Our address is: Wirral Gymnastics Club, 24 Church Street, Birkenhead, Merseyside, CH45 5EQ.

(For SatNav, use CH45 5ET)

We are a short walk from Hamilton Square train station and Woodside Ferry bus terminal. A number of local buses stop right outside.

See our Contact Us tab for more.

How early should I arrive?

For your first class, please aim to arrive 10-15 mins early to register and pay (in cash).

 

For future sessions, please aim to arrive 5-10 mins early to ensure that your child has been to the toilet and taken off any outdoor clothing ready to start the warm up. Please try not to be late, as this can be extremely disruptive for the coaches and uncomfortable for the gymnasts.

Do I have to stay with my child?

Once the warm up starts, parents and carers are free to leave the building and return to collect their child at the end of the session. Alternatively, we have a waiting room which you are welcome to use while your child is training.

Of course, adults are a vital component of our Adults and Under 5's sessions, so we need you to stay for those!

 
 
 
 
 

Etiquette

Can I take photographs or videos?

No, for data protection reasons, taking photographs or videos is not permitted. If you would like a photograph of your child in the gym, please speak to a coach and wait until the end of the class to ensure that the image is of your child only.

Is jewellery allowed?

No, none at all. For safety reasons, British Gymnastics regulations prohibit any jewellery from being worn during training. This includes earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings, anklets, friendship bracelets and holiday or festival wristbands. Please take them off before the beginning of your session to avoid disruption!

What should gymnasts wear?

No specialist clothing is required for beginners. We recommend that gymnasts wear a close-fitting T-shirt with shorts or leggings and bare feet. Warm clothes should be worn to and from the gym to keep muscles in good condition.

Once children have settled in, our club kit is available for purchase if desired. This includes leotards, unitards, shorts, T-shirts and hoodies.

What should be done with long hair?

Long hair MUST be tied up with soft bobbles to participate. We recommend plaits or braids to avoid discomfort during gymnastics skills. Please avoid using hard bobbles or clips, as these can impede gymnasts when doing rolls.