How To Give A Coach A Cardiac Arrest!!!

Oh my day’s, we need a larger facility!

The following footage is Newton’s law of motion. An object in motion will remain in motion unless another force is applied.

Or in other words when you’re fully committed to a Trampette Double Rotation and then…change your mind!

Dan, trying to fly out the window

Phew…My heart was racing, imagine how fast his was beating.

We are in the process of completing funding applications, however if anyone owns a 30m x 15m space and you want to save Dan’s and 1000’s of children’s lives please contact us today.

Love you Dan

#weneedspace #wherewarriorsaremade #inspiration #motivation

You’re Never Too Young To Stream…

Featuring Tyreece aged 3, William & Makaya aged 5 who are learning the fundamentals of TeamGym

One of the main reasons for choosing our sport, is you’re guaranteed to have team mates helping you along the journey – no matter your age.

Our trials for Trainee Warriors starts now, anyone is welcome.

Nicky’s Workshop Youngest Ever Stream
Dream Believe Achieve

#teamgym #motivation #inspiration #wherewarriorsaremade

He did it!

You little beauty.

I am too emotional to write anything constructive other than to ask you to please read my previous post ‘There’s courage, then there is Darren Stringer’

Darren Stringer you have just made a grown man cry. I stand here applauding your amazing achievement.

You have just made history and become a living legend

100 Kumite completed. Wow wow wow


There’s courage, then there is Darren Stringer…

Darren in training for the ultimate test

Oh my goodness…

A very dear friend of mine is about to attempt something so incredible that I have to share this with the world. If successful he will be the first British man to do so and Martial Art History will be made.

As today, weighing only 69kg he is about to attempt the legendary…

Kyokunshinkai ‘100 Man Kumite’

What’s that?

Well it’s one hundred, I repeat 100 Consecutive Full Contact Karate Fights against 100 different opponents over two and a half hours. Where full contact kicks are permitted to the head, torso and legs. Bare knuckle punches/hand techniques are restricted to the chest and below because…

No head guards, gloves or chest protectors are permitted during this Warrior trial

Furthermore, the only way you can successfully complete the 100 man Kumite is by NOT getting knocked out or getting injured where your unable to fight on. Can you believe that. So after 99 fights if he gets knocked out or unable to continue, that’s it. No cigar. Do not go pass go and collect your £200.

Harsh but the gods honest truth.

I mean imagine for one moment the physical exertion it must take to complete what is effectively, 7 consecutive MMA world championship fights going the full distance of 25mins. Or running a marathon in under 2hrs 30 minutes getting kicked repeatedly every mile!

I’m exhausted writing it.

He has dedicated his entire life to the pursuit of excellence. Endured the toughest training routine ever seen, trying to achieve his dream for this country.

In addition he would be following in the footsteps of our trainer the legendary Steve Arneil who was the 2nd man to successfully complete the 100 man Kumite way back in 1965. His trainer Masutatsu Oyama was the 1st.

Steve Arneil is singlehandedly responsible for Kyokushinkai karate being the massive organisation it is in Britain today due to his completion of the trial.

Therefore Darren I salute you to even attempt it. From the bottom of my heart ‘Go and make history D’

Little man on fire


#wherewarriorsaremade #inspiration #kyokushin #motivation

Summer Camp 1st Time Move Part 2

Wow…The fire continues! (see post Aug 6th)

Tuesday saw Nicky’s matrix enable Thea to produced her first ever Straight full Straight full.

Well today she added the extra half…

Phenomenal development Warrior and confirmation that your prep work is rapidly improving your tumbling difficulty.

Now you just need bank another 1999 reps to make it autonomous! No rest for the talented.

Well done indeed

#inspiration #motivation #dedication #wherewariorsaremade

My Word, Sensei is on Fire!

Oh my goodness, rejuvenated from last weeks activities Nicky was as pumped up to coach this week as I have ever seen.

With her willing Warriors at the ready today produced another 2 first time moves.

Whoop Whoop!

1st up it’s Diddy Warrior Olivia. Who has worked tirelessly on linking her Round Off Flick. Today was her day to put all that together and produce…

Olivia’s 1st Unsupported Round Off Flick

Her 1st ever unsupported ROF. Stunning development Warrior and another shout out to the development coaches Daniel Ford & Charlotte Doyle who together are smouldering alongside the burning Sensei.

Who in 6 hours using a matrix of psychological and physical preps, duped Thea into doing this…

Thea’s Straight Full Straight Full

Unbelievable development and coaching. It has been a pleasure to learn so much from you this week. In addition seeing the results is even more inspiring.

Osu Sensei

I cant wait to get back to work to see it live. Fantastic start to the week Warriors.

‘What are Weeeeee?’

#inspiration #motivation #education #wherewarriorsaremade

Thank you Charlotte Doyle

‘Everyone sees the glory moments but they don’t see what happens behind the scenes’

(Alison Felix Olympic Gold Medalist)

Never a truer word spoken than the above. As the pace slows down and the results of this weeks successful camps are posted. We would like to take the time to thank Charlotte for making this all possible.

With our 2 lively children and your sister to look after for 48Hrs, its arguable whom had the tougher schedule.

Furthermore judging by the nightly conversations, in conjunction with these photos it’s obvious the kids had a fantastic time. Which for any parent to see is priceless.

Your more than a coach. Your an integral part of our family.

Our only ask is can you please slow down as ‘Charlotte took us here’….’Charlotte did this’…Charlotte did that’ meant Wednesday was exhausting trying to keep up with their new found demands for fear of parental emasculation!

Muchas Gracias Charlotte for making it easy to relax whilst away knowing our children are in very safe hands.

#trust #inspiration #motivation #wherewarriorsaremade

Summer Camp 1st Time Moves Continue…

Wow Wow Wow…What an afternoon!

What a week of development. From Dundee to Crawley we have had the pleasure of watching so many happy gymnasts perform debut moves that this summer will be hard to beat. However you Warriors keep proving me wrong.

First up its Kiki who has been tirelessly working on developing her Round Off Flick Unsupported. Her dedication and commitment is evident in this attempt and her cheeky personality too.

Love it.

Next up it’s Harmony who since conquering her fear of the round off flick has become a prep junkie now she knows the results. To see her perform this was amazing as in only 2 months she has improved to a level where she never previously thought reachable.

Fantastic work Daniel Scott Ford & Charlotte Doyle as alongside the stunning development in the videos above, there must be stunning development coaching going on behind the scenes. Take a well deserved bow all 4 of you!

Next up inspired by the previous 2 we have Natalie the 1hr wonder. After arriving at 12pm due to various public transport issues, in Natalie’s mind (if its even possible) was more determined than normal as she felt robbed of time.

The resulting commitment produced this…

Knowing her it will be Straight-Straight Full by next Friday!

However not to be out done last but not least Thea. Who was stuck in the middle of another Sensei matrix of tricking her mind. Whilst working tirelessly as she always does, Nix saw the possibility with her new found strength and confidence to mix things up and get her to do this…

Thea is possibly the strongest athlete we know. She never breaks down. Never stops and has unlimited potential. No shock she just keeps getting better and better. I wont reveal the final move Nix has in her web but will post and explain why she has her doing this prep upon completion of the final move.

Stunning development Warriors

Was a pleasure to see this afternoon moves. Definitely worth getting off my sick bed for.

What a Camp

What an absolute pleasure the last 48 hrs has been. To be surrounded by so many dedicated, enthusiastic gymnasts showcasing their obvious talent and coached skills was inspiring to say the least.

Furthermore nothing fires up Nicky more than the effervescence of youth and the chance for her to try and make a difference in their lives.

Nicky’s warm up Scottish Summer Camp 2019

The coaches and hospitality were as always first class and a special thank you must go out to Donna Kilbane who’s event organisational skills are phenomenal.

When you’re walking through arrivals and you see your name on a board being held high by John our personal driver…

Class was the first thought that entered my mind.

The logistical transitions from Edinburgh to Dundee were seamless like a formula 1 pit stop. Mercedes should hire you as they would recognise the tremendous amount of hard work, planning and preparation which goes into making things look that easy! From hospitality to nutrition every need and more was catered in a way that only someone extremely good at their role could provide. A credit to your country. #scottishgymnastics

Muchas gracias Donna for making our experience so special

Donna Kilbane, Nicky, Me, Chris Short & Dan Summer Camp 2019

As a fantastic bonus Dan and I had the chance to meet one of TeamGym’s great coaches who was tutoring alongside camp. A man who Nicky has always wanted me to meet as her words…

‘He is 1 of the Original legends in TeamGym’

In addition Chris Short alongside Candy Lakin another Fantastic TeamGym coach of many years, are responsible for my first ever ‘Gasp’ at the British Championships with their gymnast Shingi Mhembere. Who performed a Double Straight Somersault transition on Tumble before his final move!!!

This is way back in 2011. To put that in perspective, that’s an elite move that only some members of the top 3 European teams can perform now and I know of only 3 British Teamgym Squad members capable of performing that move in 2019

Nicky filming him in warm up British Championships 2015

To have the opportunity to learn from someone who coached the above was an unexpected opportunity that superseded our expectations. Thank you Chris for sharing your extensive Biomechanical knowledge and the secret ‘Golden Nugget’ preps that blew our minds which will definitely improve every future Warrior session we coach.

Got to say, seeing black and white grainy footage from the 60’s only enhances the nostalgia and has exposed your obvious vintage which your looks defy.

Finally a special thank you to all the Scottish coaches and gymnasts. You all made the 7 hour sessions seem like 5 mins. Evidence of the old saying

‘Time flies when you’re having fun’

Summer Camp in 60 secs

When one of Scottish Gymnastics top coaches Amanda Boucher presented us with these T shirts, I was humbled beyond belief. #scottishgymnastics

Nuff respect Amanda as your warmth and kindness is always on display through your gymnasts and as a recipient myself, fully understand why you have such a great gymnastic club! #irvinebaygymnasticsclub

Our lovely gift from the Scottish Summer Camp

In conclusion if we are lucky enough to be invited back for 3rd year, and the weather prevented any travel, the desire to attend would motivate me to walk.

#motivation #inspiration #dreambelieveachieve #wherewarriorsaremade

Summer Camp Here We Come!!!

Whoop Whoop! Let the Fun begin.

Summer Camp 29th July 2019

We are honoured to be invited back by the wonderful coaches in Scotland to be part of their Primary development summer camp.

Their hospitality, brilliant facilities and enthusiasm for Teamgym makes the preparations for departure even more thrilling

Looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow

However until then…Dream Believe Achieve as you never know how far it could take you.

‘Teamwork is Dreamwork’

#inspiration #motivation #dedication #wherewarriorsaremade

Young Warriors Show Parliament The Future is Bright

Their team spirit and understanding denied their years…


The youngest ever NW Warrior squad aged 5, 6 & 6 respectively showing Henry Smith MP their development in the last 6 months

Young Warriors in their 1st Comp

To perform in front of any crowd is never easy, however these Warriors showed no fear and performed magnificently upon their debut.

Young Warriors Trampette

We can not overstate how proud of you we are. Especially performing at such a young age…

Holy, Evelyn & Makaya making NW History winning Gold in 2019

Furthermore having fun whilst winning a Gold medal will live long in our hearts as that is the perfect ethos for any competitor.

Well done Warriors we salute you. ‘Indeed the Future Is Bright’

#inspiration #motivation #wherewarriorsaremade #dreambelieveachieve

MP Approves of your ‘Fantastic Display of Gymnastics’

Whoop Whoop What a day!!!

Warriors you smashed it Yesterday.

Furthermore the atmosphere created by the ‘LOUD & PROUD PARENTS POSSE’ was truly amazing.

One of the many fantastic performances on display.

With our local MP Henry Smith watching we could not have been prouder of the way you performed in the display below.

Warriors displaying our development history

His Words of…

‘Fantastic gymnastics display by the children and young people of Carlton and Nicky’s Workshop at Maidenbower Junior School. Thanks for inspiring #Crawley and offering opportunity. I was grateful to be invited and appreciate the contribution of coaches as well as local parents’. (Henry Smith MP post on Linked In 21st July)

Confirmed that it was a phenomenal performance from each and every one of you.

We will endeavour to upload as many performances as they come in but for now sit back and watch them fly

Warriors Trampette

Enjoy your summer break, and we cant wait to get started with you all on your next phase of development


#inspiration #motivation #wherewarriorsaremade

How to get rid of Debut Competition Nerves…

In 1989 I was fortunate to get selected to fight for the British Kyokushinkai Karate Team. Jubilation upon my selection quickly turned to panic when the task in hand dawned on me.

Questions of ‘What if I loose in front of everyone including my parents’. Or worse, get knocked out! ‘What if I let my team mates down’, were constant negative thoughts going around my head.

I felt sick to my stomach. I Could not sleep, eat, felt drained and so unfit.

However my Shihan at that time the great Steve Arneil said ‘Carlton nerves are natural everyone feel nervous. However fear comes from lack of preparation’.

Osu Shihan but can you elaborate?

‘Have you trained hard enough?’


‘Do you feel fit enough’


‘To have been selected to compete shows you must be technically good enough’


‘So relax and enjoy the day because remember your the man in the arena, and very few get to do what your about to do’

Osu Shihan.

One of those wax on wax off moments if your old enough to understand. If not read the following…

So to all Warriors. Enjoy the day and remember each and everyone of have worked your socks off and you deserve to be there. Furthermore each and everyone of you are definitely a better gymnast than I will ever be.

Good luck Warriors and looking forward to seeing you all making memories for life.

I have never forgotten my first comp, my team mates on that day and hopefully never will.

#wherewarriorsaremade #inspiration #dreambelieveachieve

Whoop Whoop Warrior Sunday is nearly here…

We are honoured to announce that on Sunday 21st July we have our 1st Warriors In house Gymnastic Competition.

Officiating alongside Nicky Webster (BG International Brevet Judge) we have Keira Toland (The second highest BG National Judge) and Lauren Romo (BG Regional Judge).

In addition our very own local MP Henry Smith is making an appearance to see how far you have all come.

We would like to thank all the gymnast for their continuous hard work in preparing for this Sundays competition. In addtion a massive thank you to Dan & Charlotte for your continued efforts in helping them produce the skills required to showcase.

Last but by no means least we would like to thank all the parents as without your continued support this would not be possible

Nicky’s WorkShop in house competition Sunday 21st July is open for anyone to come and watch. So if you are free between 11am till 2pm and want to see some dynamic gymnastics and support these hardworking gymnasts please come along. Hurry as places are filling fast.

Maidenbower Junior School, Harvest Road, Crawley, West Sussex. RH10 7RA 11am to 2pm

Sensei Block Teachings continue…

Remember this?

A strange thing happened today… If not – look back to the post featuring Thea on April 7th 2019

In summary in 3 hrs with the aid of blocks and preps from the 80’s Nicky managed to teach Thea (and all of us watching) how with the correct technique anything is achievable.

I’m sure 30 years of knowledge helps too but I digress…

From that date till now, Thea has worked tirelessly, session after session, on shortening her side to increase her angular momentum or twisting speed. The faster you can twist, the more rotations you can perform. Which is simple to say, however takes complete understanding before any gymnast can execute the move whilst in the air

However after weeks of preparations, wholehearted commitment on Thursday 11th of July we are proud to announce that

Thea can now do this…

Then to prove it was no fluke she landed three in a row

Stunning development Warrior in just 13 weeks we salute you.

In addition a massive thank you to Nicky who teaches us mere mortals something new every session that blows our minds.

Osu Sensei

Dream Believe Achieve

The Government is coming…Who?

Now we know we are officially old.

Have you ever given a gift to someone that you were so excited about, that you could not wait to give it to them. Only to be met by a perplexed face completely the opposite to the reaction you had anticipated.

Last night session was indicative of the above

With our in house tournament soon approaching as a reward for all their hard work we wanted to give the gymnasts something special.

With pride in our hearts we announced to the gymnasts that Henry Smith MP is going to attend our in house tournament on Sunday 21st July

Their bemused look and silence was making me extremely conscious of the grey hairs visible on my scalp. However when the questions starting firing ‘Is he going to judge us? What gymnastic position does he hold? Is he the head of British Gymnastics? What…..

At that moment we realised our youngest members have no knowledge of Parliament.

So we set about educating them in current affairs and explained that your local MP is responsible for all of us living in this town and has a say in the laws that govern our town and the country.

Wow, so he’s really important then!


Well what if I fall in front of him? Now I’m nervous? Can we get a picture with him?

It was at that moment we knew it was going to be a long night.

In conclusion we are so proud that Henry Smith MP is coming to NW and after an eventful political evening….. the gymnasts are too!

Whoop Whoop!

Champion’s Sunday Session…

Wow wow wow. What a session. The thing no coach can give you is HEART. It comes from within.

On the evidence displayed today, we have a squad full of William Wallace’s

Each and every one of you showed tremendous Courage and Development today. Facing your fears is no easy task. However all of you showed some NELSON!

A special shout must go out to Tianne who displayed the true definition of a Warrior. What a comeback.

Tianne overcoming her fears

Your performance epitomises the above

You were all winner’s today

We salute you Warriors for making a humid Sunday afternoon, worth sweating for.

Stunning display

Race to 360 Part 2…

Wow wow wow! Warriors you smashed it.

Featuring Ruby, Natalie, Tianne, Thea, Flo (whom is still recovering) and new entry from ‘Dark Horse’ Terry .

The development from the gymnasts has been so fast that the race is already over.

It seems the planned weekly slots of future updates on their real time development, was presumptuous on my part. Therefore I offer all Warriors my sincere apologies for misjudging how quickly you would progress.

To achieve what you have all done in 5 sessions is quite remarkable.

The results

In 1st place Natalie who only took 2 hrs on day 1.

Her progress to 360 was so rapid we missed recording the 1st one as it was supposed to be a 180.

Stunning performance Nats. Gaining her automatic entry in to the Race for 540. The ability to understand and implement the correct coaching points is Natalie’s strength. Add to that her 100% commitment to be better than she was yesterday on every run, makes her a formidable opponent in any race for development.

Bravo Warrior. Stunning performance. A victory well deserved.

Nat’s 1st 360 Jump Half Sunday 1st June 2019

The speed of her development could only be rivalled by Usain Bolt.

In Joint 2nd place Ellie & Terry

After numerous whole hearted attempts (see race for 360) gaining more spatial awareness, Ellie found it. Furthermore repeatedly landed it. Her fantastic round off flick coupled with her phenomenal power allowed her to eventually do this…

Jump Step Round Off Flick Straight Full. Wow!

Neatness aside, the power and confidence needed to even attempt this move considering it is in its embryonic stages of development meant that when she was then allowed to run…

Ellie Running ROF Straight Full

The height gained with more momentum allowed her to add a 1/4 in the Air. Bravo Warrior. Stunning Development.

Simultaneously Terry was receiving some Kinaesthetics in his pursuit of the 360…

Until finally he did this…

Terry’s unsupported 360

To be the only Prince amongst Queens in this race, shows his fortitude and strength of character. Furthermore to come second in a field of rapid developers is testament to how good he really is. Bravo Warrior. Stunning Development.

In Joint 3rd place Ruby & Tianne

Ruby and Tianne have been tirelessly working on improving their DISH shapes. ‘The tighter the shape the better the twist’. So whilst they may be behind a week or…Correction a session or 2 at this rate, its important to keep in mind that a superior shape will not only catch up, it will increase the possibility to multiple twist.

Watch your Backs they’re coming.

Ruby’s Straight Half

Ruby’s new improved dish in the air making her 180 easier to perform. A 360 will surely follow. Bravo Warrior Stunning Development.

Tianne’s showing her new improved body tension and spatial awareness in Sensei hands

I think the Height and Flight is secured and Nix might have to wear high heels at this rate. Fantastic development. Bravo Warrior.

Finally Thea and Flo

Thea is probably one of the strongest athletes in our club. She never tires, never gets hurt, and never quits. In addition, in the air is probably one of, if not the best shape isometrically. As mentioned above this is a perfect platform for future development. Furthermore upon completion of the 360 will minimise deductions due to the near perfect shape.

Bravo Warrior. Stunning Development

Finally Pocket Rocket Flo. Without doubt the most dedicated young athlete we possess with unlimited potential. Training with the senior squad is no mean feat when you’re young but below is the reason why she does…

Flo on fire in the race for 360

Unfortunately a bout of sickness prevented her attending any more sessions last week. However on the evidence above, 1st and second place would have been closely contested.

Fantastic development Warrior.

Hindsight is a wonderful thing. Therefore rather than promising a weekly development series for the Race to 540 and 720, I’m gonna announce that it is open and show the results in an unspecified time to alleviate further embarrassment to myself.

#inspiration #dedication #motivation #wherewarriorsaremade

The Race to 360…

Featuring Ruby, Ellie, Natalie, Tianne, Thea and Flo (get well soon).

Week 1 of Real Time Development…

Let the battle commence!

When developing a new move, going into unknown territory can be extremely frustrating to any gymnast especially when twisting.

To gain an extra 1/4 or 1/2 twist in the air may sound simple, but in reality relies heavily on improved biomechanics, multiple preps and the will to get it round.

To have fellow team mates alongside experiencing the same problems and fears, greatly reduces their individual frustrations (Love TeamGym). Furthermore their team mates passionate support from the side lines increases the will to succeed.

For the first time ever these brave gymnasts are allowing us to publicly show their real time development.

By documenting their weekly sessions in pursuit of the 360 including the thrills and spills, hopefully it will show what it really takes to become a Warrior.

Sunday 1st of June 2019 3hr Squad Session

First up, warming up the body and getting in to rhythm

Pre requisite warm up of RO/F Tucks and Straights

During the warm up gymnasts perform multiple combinations of Straight Back Land-Jump halves. Straight Halves to stacked mats. Prep stations for ankle conditioning to cope with the extreme centrifugal landing forces.

Conditioning is a crucial element for any NW member as we have no Foam Pit or Resin Landings.

We can then add some Kinesthetics to help the gymnasts feel the 1/2 in the air to land

Tianne after a 2 year lay off getting used to her new ‘Much Longer body’

The Warriors first Brave unsupported attempts because as stated earlier they have no bail out, no foam pit, no soft cushioned floor. Their courage to even try humbles us every session.

Tuesday 4th of June 2019 2hr Squad session

Continuing Sundays progress…

Fantastic efforts, Aside from the obvious biomechanical flaws, the understanding and courage to try is quite simply first class. Now its up to us to implement the correct coaching points and preps to correct, (video of prep work coming soon). However whilst they were buzzing…

Over and over they tried…

Fantastic efforts before the Bio corrections

Little by little they made small adjustments until…

Bravo Warriors fantastic work but there was more to come…

To our amazement Natalie progressed so quickly we added the Jump half

Tianne after getting used to her new body was not satisfied with learning a new move backwards, decided to see what it was like twisting forwards…

Remarkable considering her 24 month sabbatical

And finally here is Kadie who is in a completely different race to 900 showing us even when you fall, fall with style.

Bravo Warrior Panache indeed

Race to 900 coming soon

In summary a fantastic 5 hours of development across 2 sessions. Stay tuned for tonight session Thursday 6th of June

#wherewarriorsaremade #inspiration #motivation #dedication

Like buses you wait ages for one then 2 come along.

As Megan & Erin proved…

Tuesday night was one of those occasions where everywhere we looked, another gymnast was adding that little something extra to their ongoing development.

Amongst a truly remarkable night of 1st time moves were these 2 bad boys! First up…Megan’s first ever unsupported Round Off Flick.

Megan’s 1st ever linked ROF

So proud of you Megan after months of prepping and overcoming your fears.

Secondly…After making the breakthrough of linking the Round Off Flick a few months back, Erin has tirelessly worked on the next phase of adding a rotation.

By executing multiple ROF repetitions with a jump at the end, Erin quickly gained the strength and courage to try and…

It gives us great pleasure in showing her 1st ever supported Round Off Flick Tuck. Whoop Whoop!

Erin’s 1st Rotation after her beautiful ROF

Stunning performance, stunning nights development, and for those not featured stay tuned as we will be releasing this month’s development series over the next few weeks.

Keep up the great work Warriors

#motivation #inspiration #dedication #wherewarriorsaremade

Harmony = The Definition of Dedication

She will achieve anything she wants to achieve in life

As she proved…

Harmony’s road to success is the perfect example to any gymnast who fears the next stage of development. Commonly known as a ‘block’ is usually the fear of going into the unknown. Add the increased risk factor of linking the next move, its easy to see why at a young age they can be reluctant.

To overcome any fear, a full understanding of what the trigger point of the fear is, is crucial. Then together with the gymnast we can rationalise around the problem, to find the correct preps for a solution to said problem.

In these cases NW empowers the gymnast with all the knowledge to help them find their own way through with constant support.

Wow what a prep. Harmony aged 11

The above Prep written by herself for a Handspring Tuck is truly amazing. The biomechanical understanding is mind blowing. A future coach in the making!

Furthermore week after week she prepped hard and worked her socks off. With Development coach Dan Ford’s constant encouragement, whilst supporting every prep. Including every Standing flick and every linked Round off flick on tumble (trust me that’s hard work) eventually after 2 hardworking years…

She cracked it. Well done Harmony. Your dedication is a lesson to us all. Your a true Warrior and a lesson in Dream Believe Achieve

I did it

#dedication #motivation #inspiration #hardwork #teamgym #dreambelieveachieve

Social Media Pub Conversation Blew My Mind…

Who Knew?

Who do you think was right?

Have you ever eavesdropped a conversation so compelling that you involved yourself?

Whilst enjoying the stunning weather in a pub garden, 2 gentlemen on an adjacent table were discussing the success of their own social media accounts. The conversation was very amicable as they traded various statistics back and forth until it came to followers. You could feel the underlying egocentric tension building and I felt myself mentally drawn into umpiring the debate…

How can you say your strategy is better, when I’ve 16 Thousand followers, and looking to push through the 20k mark?

Impressive stuff I thoughtFifteen Love

Agreed you have 4 times the followers, however they’re spread all over the world. Where ours are concentrated locally. Giving us local Revenue, and easier Logistics. With the chance to geographically meet our clients.

Touché never thought of thatFifteen All

But with the modern delivery systems and collection points why would a global following worry you logistically? I’m quite happy that our customers receive a good service all over the world.

We use amazon and eBay collection points therefore valid point… Thirty Fifteen

Yes I do agree that you can do that, however if one of your best customers lives overseas, how often do you meet them? I really enjoy regular meetings with our best clients and building relationships.

Very good point… Thirty All

Skype, Or any other electronic facetime media easily gets us around that logistical problem.

In this modern world that’s a great pointForty Thirty

Yes but you can’t beat the personal touch. For example I played golf with a local client recently and we found out our children have the same Dance teacher. Which I would have never found out on a Skype call where as 4 hours in his company we discussed various different topics away from business making the bond between us stronger.


At this point I was none the wiser of whom the victor may be of this thrilling battle. However I must confess to being infinitely wiser because of their conversation.

It seems to me whilst they both may have different approaches, each method could be argued as effective as one another.

For me it was a fascinating insight as both made fantastic arguments or at least it was compelling enough for me to become Mr nosey.

Whoever you were, I thank you for the Education. As a newbie to social media it gave me food for thought and hopefully by sharing could help someone else.

Have a great day all

Congratulations and Celebrations…

Whoop Whoop!

It gives me great pleasure in officially announcing that we have a new

British Gymnastics TeamGym Level 2 Coach.

Bravo Charlotte

Fantastic achievement and development, which truly reflects the dedicated person you are.

To say we are proud of you is an understatement and in Nicky’s words…It means the world to her to see your commitment and passion rewarded. Furthermore not only have you become one of the Webster family but a crucial part of the NW Dream.

We salute you Charlotte, keep up the tremendous work.

#inspiration #motivation #dedication #education #dreambelievachieve

The Future is Bright

From Little Acorns, Mighty Oaks Grow

A dedication to the most hardworking children we know. Their commitment and desire is only superseded by their development.

We salute you Warriors for showing that if your having fun, you don’t realise your working hard. The evidence is clear, you will be competing this year!

Whoop Whoop!

Your are the Future of this club, and we could not be prouder of how your developing. keep up the good work.

#inspiration #motivation #teamgym #dreambelieveachieve

The Making of Warrior Episode 2


Hard work and good practice will always pay off. Below is proof that as long you keep working towards your goals, you will Achieve.

Episode 2

We salute you Warrior, because during your development you have hit some of the best shapes ever captured on film. The 2 Wall of Fame entries are testament to your commitment in your pursuit of development.

Well done indeed. For showing everyone what can be achieved if your prepared to work for it.

Stay tuned for the next episode featuring a different character same ethos

What’s your real age?

Kids say the most amazing things…

My 5 year old taught me maths today.

‘Daddy who is the oldest out of you and Mum?

‘I’m 51 today, your mum is 43’.

‘So mummy’s older then’.

How did you work that out Makaya?

Well 5+1 = 6 and 4+3 = 7 and at School were learning the bigger number wins so mum is older.


Have a great day everyone as mine has been enlightening.

Competition Fever Begins…

As the summer competition preparations begin, for all first time young competitors, below are the words of one of the strongest minds that ever lived…

As we discussed tonight fear is a natural feeling that we all have. Especially before a competition. However we also agreed that if someone is beside us we feel less fearful going into that situation.

TeamGym provides you with those someone’s, your wonderful ‘Team Mates’

So let the preparatons begin, and let’s face these fears together. As the better prepared you are, the more confidence you will gain.

NW is Looking for you…

Thank you to all who attended. Especially those who travelled from afar and are non NW members.

We hope to see you again at the next NW camp featuring more coaching techniques to help you develop. As promised here are the Pictures for you to download from our NW/GRT Easter Camp.

Until we meet again. Keep developing C & N

@nicky_workshop @gregroe @skyhigh_funabounds #inspiration #motivation #education #dreambelieveachieve

Welcome to Nicky’s WorkShop.

May all who arrive as guests leave as friends.

Fantastic to see so many new and old faces this week.

On behalf of the Nicky’s WorkShop family it give us great pleasure to welcome all new members to our club.

We have 10 simple rules and one moto.

Rule 1, Have fun.

Rule 2, Be you.

Rule 3, Find your key.

Rule 4, Unlock your potential door.

Rule 5, Feel alive.

Rule 6, High 5 Nix.

Rule 7, Enjoy your progression’s.

Rule 8, Yes you will ache.

Rule 9, You’ll be stronger in time.

Rule 10, You will fail now and then.

Dream Believe Achieve

We can not wait to see your development C & N

Wall of Fame Day 6


Presentation and being ready whilst not defined as a technique, is crucial to the start of any performance.

In our humble opinion, this is the definition of ‘Let the performance begin’. Stunning presentation. Stunning smile.

Well done Warrior. Hope you all had a fab Easter, and cant wait to see you all tomorrow.

The Real Deal…

They say you should not meet your hero’s… UNLESS they are genuine.

Well…..He’s the real deal. As his spacial awareness athletic IQ is only superseded by his personality.

Pleasure to meet you both, and what Greg is to spacial awareness, Trisha is to professionalism.

#gregroe @gregroe #inspiration #education

One in a Trillion

Happy Birthday Dan

And were lucky to have you…

There’s only one way to describe Dan. Sunshine in a bottle. Un cork him and let his effervescence flow. Your parents have done a magnificent job in raising the kindest, most hardworking trustworthy individual we know.

In 18 years your growth has been a pleasure to witness. Furthermore your integral to everything we do and a big reason why we see you as family. Your the light on a cloudy day mate. Have a fantastic day.

Step by Steppers…

The truth will always out…

The road to glory is never an easy one. However over the course of anyone’s coaching career you’re going to come across those athletes who all you need to do is guide them. As they bring everything else to the party themselves.

As mentioned before, heart and desire can not be instilled by a coach. That comes from within. Over the next few months we will be showcasing that passion and the results from always trying to improve

Episode 1

We salute you Warrior for the visual definition of the name

Stay tuned for the next episode featuring a different character same ethos

See How far You’ve Come Episode 2

The evidence of all your hard work part 2


The definition of the above is shown below by the some of the most hard working children that have walked through our doors. Furthermore we are extremely grateful that you stayed.

24 months of solid development

Well done Warriors, fantastic development in 24 months. Stay tuned for the next episode featuring different character’s same ethos.

Dream Believe Achieve

Come and join us and unleash the Warrior within you

#nickys_workshop #hardwork #teamgym #gymnastics #development

Strange things keep happening…

120 minutes later the block was removed…

Following on from Sundays post (A strange thing happened today…) Tuesday’s session was even more phenomenal. As the gymnast (and myself) were coming to grips with the Sensei teachings, the implementation and development of said teachings by the gymnast was remarkable

To see her land this final effort after many close failed attempts as we were packing away was truly magnificent. As 3hrs ago she stood puzzled on an air track facing a block.

Stunning development Warrior. The future looks bright.

Wall of Fame Day 5

Historic Gold Medal Trampette Performance

To be the first gymnastic teams (without a purpose built facility), to win Gold and 2 Silvers at this years British Gymnastics Southern Tournament is their finest achievement to date.

The shot that launched the first ever http://www.NW Flyer has to be included. We would usually go in to some bio mechanical breakdown at this point, however the opposition spectating coaches facial expression conveys more than any words we could write.

Stunning Height. Stunning Shaaaape in Flight. Bravo warrior. Absolute thing of beauty.

#nickysworkshop #inspiration #motivation

How its sounds to be a NW Warrior…

Please turn the volume up!

Tribute to The Best Parental Support in the World

A few Trainee Warriors (aged 5-7)
upon hearing that their development had reached competition standard, have asked what it’s like to compete?

Our reply of 1st have fun. Because whats the point of competing if you don’t enjoy it. Secondly, irrespective of the result, the support from your parents ‘The Loud & Proud Posse’ and the bond with your team mates will remain with you for life. Left them somewhat perplexed…

In the interest of transparency for all those who asked, here is raw uncut footage form 1066 Hastings. No edits. No titles. Just the full performance courtesy of Steve Walker Photography.

Hopefully this explains why they are called the L&PP.

So thank you parents for giving these gymnasts the support they truly deserve and for giving them a memory for life.

So Warriors Are You Readeeeeeee…..?

@nickys_workshop #nickysworkshop #inspiration #motivation

If you go down to the woods today…

Ok we concede you’re having fun…

Easter time is here and like all parents operation keep them occupied begins. Feeling chuffed after nights of logistically planning each day’s activities, with multiple weather options I might add…Our parental schedule was thrown out of the window due to Dan and Charlotte.

Sea world? No Daddy. Cinema to see Dumbo? No Mummy. How about Swimming? No Daddy. The Arcades then…No Mummy.

Well what do you want to do?

Can we go to the Easter Camps to see Dan and Charlotte.

Total parental emasculation right there. So to see what all the fuss is about go to our Easter camp page.

A Strange thing happened today…

Sensei at Work

If you have ever stood and watched an experienced person executing the task that they have mastered. There’s a mesmerising effortless ease in their execution of that task. You feel drawn in to watching the conclusion of their creation because each progression is seamless, to an extent where your compelled to see the finished article of beauty.

A thing of beauty by coach and gymnast

Today was one of those days!

In 60 minutes I witnessed a Coach perform that artistry. Pulling out preps from the 80’s, Nicky used a matrix of biomechanical inputs and obstacles that confused the spectating coaches.

When a block was placed on the tumble track in the embryonic stages of progressions the final outcome was not evident. However like one those upside down paintings it was one of those Wow…I get it now moments.

Stunning Coaching. Stunning development. Stunning day’s learning.

Osu Sensei

See how far you’ve come Episode 1

The evidence of all your hard work

…Or at least try to be

We have been extremely lucky to have some of the most hard working children walk through our doors who naturally demonstrated the above. Furthermore we are extremely grateful that you stayed.

Well done Warriors, stay tuned for the next episode featuring different characters same ethos.

Dream Believe Achieve

#nickys_workshop #hardwork #teamgym #gymnastics #development

Original Warriors Tribute

The reason why we are here. The Original Warriors!

A day I will never forget.

The Greatest of All Time

There’s one thing a coach can not give any athlete…Heart. As the great man so eloquently describes it come from within. This team from 1 to 10 had Ali’s mentality in abundance.

In 2011 the International cup was in its embryonic years. Its popularity now has risen sharply. However back then at the elite level male and female teams competed against each other for the title.

Whilst unique in this aspect, there were obvious biological advantages to the male teams, especially on difficulty.

A team nurtured by Nicky with one outside addition, rose to the challenge and took on the boys in Grand Canarias

1st run…

Never having competed abroad was an attracting proposition to these gymnasts but having witnessed them live in battle the challenge of what stood before them was the real attraction that they could not resist.

2rd Run

Knowing they could not control the others teams difficulty advantage, they endeavoured to being the best they could be.

3rd Run…

Now we wait….

Oh my goodness, nearly 3 clean runs was unprecedented in those days. As teams were pushing the boundaries to gain more points, some moves were…lets say not autonomous and falls were common place.

My biggest regret to date in TeamGym was this very moment. Not appreciating the greatness of the performance I had just witnessed. Furthermore the character of that team. It all happened within my first 6 months coaching with Nicky. I just took it for granted that this is how teamgym was. This is how all athletes train.

8 years on I now realise its how ‘They’ trained and how Nicky coached them, and how as a team they fought for one another. As adults now, mothers, teachers, doctors, the list goes on…but if I’d know your were that good I would of called Spielberg rather than using an I pad.

NOOOO…Note to self should of charged it
Only Silver medal shot we could find in the archives but those that were there know!

Form is temporary Class is permanent. Thank you all as your class has inspired the next generation of Warriors.

Hope this tribute goes someway in repaying my naivety. Or at the very least gives you something to show whomever, the outstanding performance on display. On that day you truly were exceptional.

Until we meet again, Take a bow…

@kestannard89 @kieratoland @bribribear91 @hazeljenkins @alanastabile @samanthawilliams.1 @eileen_kiomi @emilyclayden @alyssa_webb @carolyn_noorderhaven

#nickys_workshop #inspiration #motivation #teamgym #gymnastics

Thank you all for inspiring the next generation.

Wall of Fame day 4

Spot Your Landings

‘To finish 1st first you must Finish’ (Rick Mears Racing driver).

The most important thing in landing any gymnastic move is to see the landing area before you Land. As ridiculously obvious as this sounds, spotting is a crucial art that has to be learnt through progressive phases of your development.

Gold Medal Performance Trampette 1066 Hasting’s Tournament

A Superb demonstration of spotting whilst in an economical
Twisting Shape. No brainer for Wall of Fame selection. Bravo Warrior!

#nickys_workshop #teamgym #dedication #motivation

Wall of Fame Day 3

Historical Day!

In a performance that superseded all our expectations, at this years Bracknell Southern Teamgym Tournament, the 3 NW teams entered secured 1 Gold and 2 Silver’s. Whoop Whoop!

Whilst daunting competing against all the Southern Clubs who have purpose built facilities. Your truly remarkable performance of execution is what shone through and a great confidence booster for the future.

Stunning performance Warriors. Stunning results. Stunning SHAAAAPE’S!

The Straighter the shape the better the Twist.

Warrior in mid transition
« Older Entries