Star-Tastic Gymnastics is a Gymnastics club running both open classes in Epsom, Tadworth and Horley as well as school-based classes across Surrey and Sussex.

Star-Tastic Gymnastics was set up by Head Coach Stacey Oliver back in 2014 and it started small, running school-based classes but it has now grown to over 1000 students running classes 7 days a week.

Stacey said:  “Gymnastics has always been my passion and coaching children and helping them to achieve their goals is the best job in the world. I have a fantastic team of coaches and staff and they are all a huge part of Star-Tastic. We all share the same vision because we created it together!

Star-Tastic Gymnastics believes great classes need to have great coaches that plan exciting, fun, and progressive lessons.

As our Gymnastics Club has evolved, we have added our Women’s Artistic Elite teams that compete on four pieces. One of my greatest coaching achievements was taking a group of 20 girls aged 7-16 to Nashville in 2019 to compete at the IAIGC World Championships. We came home with so many Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals and I was so proud of my entire team and staff. This Women’s Artistic Elite team has grown into what is now Star-Tastic Gymnastics Academy.

What is Star-Tastic Gymnastics Academy?

Star-Tastic Academy was formed in 2022 to house the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics programme within the Star-Tastic Group.  Starting in 2023, we will be able to revamp our Elite and Supernova classes into one succinct programme that still embodies our club ethos.

Our Elite & Supernova squads train and compete in Women’s Artistic Gymnastics (WAG).

WAG includes 4 different pieces of apparatus: Uneven Bars, Balance Beam, Floor & Vault.

The floor includes dance skills, such as leaps, spins and jumps, as well as balances, acrobatic skills and tumbles.
Gymnasts will train and compete in different skills depending on their development level.

Our Elite 1 and Supernova 1 gymnasts will focus on perfecting the basics such as; cartwheels, walkovers, round-offs, spins, split leaps, balances and flexibility elements. As gymnasts progress through competition levels they will add more difficult skills into their training and routines, such as back flics, handsprings, and somersaults. Dance elements also become more complex with split change leaps, double spins and harder jump combinations. At the highest level, our Elite 5 gymnasts train and compete in multiple somersault tumbles, twisting and double somersaults.

On Beam, we work a number of the same skills as the floor but on a 4-inch by 5 meters beam high up from the floor!  Our Elite 1 and Supernova 1 gymnasts will on confidence on the beam, training and competing on a piece of apparatus that is the same height as you takes a lot of work!  They will then begin jumping and leaping on the beam, perfecting split leaps, straight jumps and shaped jumps.  Gymnasts will then progress to different acrobatic skills on the beam such as cartwheels, walkovers and rolls.As levels increase so do the complexity of our skills training on the beam, Elite 4 and 5 gymnasts work on flighted acrobatic skills including back flics, free cartwheels and somersaults as well as difficult jump and leap connections.

On Bars Elite 1 and Supernova 1, gymnasts start by working on lots of handstand shaping, developing fast and powerful run techniques and how to land the perfect vault.
From here, gymnasts will learn handspring flatbacks, and handsprings over blocks and vaults before starting to twist in and out of handsprings.  Our Elite 3 gymnasts begin working on Yurchenkos, including precision round-offs onto the springboard and developing a fast flic over the vault. In Elite 5 our gymnasts begin prepping to ‘turn’ vaults, this includes impressive Yurchenko somersaults, Tsukharas and handspring front vaults.

Our Elite 1 and Supernova 1 gymnasts will first work on a lot of strength elements, being able to pull up to the bar is crucial on Uneven Bars so a lot of work will go into improving the upper body and core strength. After this we begin work on our basics such as strong hollow casts, circling around the bars and undershoot dismounts.
From this, we work on low-bar to high-bar transitions such as upstarts and baby-giants as well as dismounts from the high bar.Our higher level gymnasts will also train and compete in harder skills such as sole circles, clear hips, flyaway dismounts, giants, extending all the way to upstart to handstands, clear hip or sole circle to handstand, release and catch elements and twisting dismounts.

Star-Tastic Gymnastics Academy is a member of the Independent Gymnastics Association (IGA).

IGA is an independent body for the sport of Gymnastics in the UK. They provide low-cost membership (with included insurance) to those offering and participating in Gymnastics. They cater to the recreational side of the sport but seek to promote the sport as a whole.

They provide:

  • Low-cost membership (with included insurance) to Clubs, Coaches, and Gymnasts across the country
  • Competitions, giving gymnasts of all levels the opportunity to compete in a fun and friendly environment
  • Coaching Courses, allow coaches to develop and further their careers.

Our sister company Star-Tastic Gymnastics has a range of classes tailored to suit everyone’s needs. Our Open classes run in both Epsom, Tadworth, and Horley. We also run school-based classes in a number of schools in the Surrey and West Sussex area. These classes are a perfect introduction to gymnastics and parkour in a familiar setting for your child.