Hi, Nick here.
As you know, I’ve been running gymnastics events for a number of years now.
But – up until last year – most of them have been ‘classroom style’, with presentations, guest speakers and quite a bit of theory.
Which – don’t get me wrong – is necessary. Vital even. You see, I’ve learnt over the years that unless you get the overall strategy and ethos right, it’s very difficult to experience success.
But here’s the thing: over the last couple of years, I’ve had A LOT of request for a different type of event.
An event that’s not in a hotel, but in a gym instead.
An event that’s less talking about gymnastics, and more about showing.
I dipped my toe in the water back in November last year, putting on the Choreography Masterclass with Dutch superstar Patrick Kiens.
It was an astonishing success, and the feedback I’ve had from it was so overwhelmingly positive, that I just knew I had to put on some more of these sorts of events.
"I would highly recommend Nick's events to other coaches wishing to develop their club's programme"
These six practical coaching clinics are designed to up-skill you in a range of different areas of physical and technical preparation.
I’ll be covering some of the most fundamentally important topics, including methodology, technique, skill development and foundational element preparation, as well as several advanced skills, and everything I talk about will be accompanied by live demonstrations, helping you to really get to grips with these topics in a completely practical way.
"Thoroughly enjoyed the masterclass and will definitely implement what I have learned"
As I alluded to above, these aren’t ‘GymCon’ style events. They’re stripped back, ‘spit and sawdust’ type events for two reasons:
Don’t expect fancy seating, a stage with loads of lights, a three-course lunch or workbooks. It’s just me, you, a few other coaches and some athletes, working together to really move forward and learn how to do the things that will really make the biggest difference.
Sometimes there’ll be a guest speaker, other times it’ll just be me.
Bring a packed lunch, bring your own notebook, and be prepared to learn a lot of the things I do to with my Inner Circle clients and the various international federations that I work with.
There won’t be 400 in the room like at GymCon either - each event is capped with fewer coaches, so it’ll be a close-knit, intimate learning environment.
"The best gymnastics event I have been to"
I’ll be doing one clinic a month until January next year, and here are the remaining dates and locations (click for more information on each)
Each clinic will be different, with different topics, so there’s no limit on how many you can attend, and all of them will start at 10am and finish at 3:45pm, ensuring that you’ve got plenty of time to get to and from the venue, saving hotel costs and making sure that it’s only one day out for you.
"Plenty of expert advice to take back and share with the team"
Industry experts to accelerate your development
Nick has consulted and provided services to 20 international gymnastics federations including the national governing bodies of Japan, Germany, Brazil, Romania and Netherlands. He has also lectured and provided technical support and services to the European Union of Gymnastics for almost a decade.
Now recognised as a world leading coach educator within the international gymnastics community, Nick has educated tens of thousands of coaches worldwide.
Jody Kime continues to produce some of the UK's most well prepared athletes, who commonly contribute to national team places and GBR representation on the international stage. Her athletes are represented at all levels, from development through to senior age groups. Jody is a British Gymnastics High Performance Coach and due to her high technical knowledge, regularly tutors many of the country's coach education courses also.
Rupert is the founder of Science in Dance and, with over 10 years of competing and coaching in International Sport, has vast experience with developing athletic performance and injury prevention strategy. Rupert’s expertise within the ballet and dance arena has a direct correlation with the needs of the modern day gymnast, and he will bring a wealth of knowledge on lower limb prehab and strength development to our Masterclass September 29th.
Jonas is a world renowned sprints coach and known for his technical expertise in sprinting, looking after a group of Elite Track and Field Sprinters who have attained success on the Olympic and World stage. In addition to this, Jonas has consulted with many Professional Sports Teams and individual players, including Derby County FC, West Bromwich Albion, Arsenal, Bath RFU, Northampton Saints, Wasps Academy, Rugby 7’s and Rugby 7’s speedster Dan Norton.
Dan Lonsdale is a Strength & Conditioning Coach with experience of working with athletes at a Professional, Commonwealth & Olympic level. Dan has previously worked at the highly successful Durham University which is ranked the number one team sports university in the UK. During this time Dan was successful in producing rugby players who have gone on to succeed at the highest level in the professional game. Dan is the founder of Dan Lonsdale Gymnastics Strength & Conditioning which offers the highest quality S&C support and education to gymnastics clubs across the UK.
As a professional dancer Daymon performed ballet, jazz and modern in local companies before traveling for work abroad, dancing in productions of Cats, Starlight Express, Lord of the Dance, Grease, Buddy Holly and Dreamgirls. Daymon followed his dream of working within gymnastics, and rose up the ranks to be one of the top coaches and choreographers in the Netherlands. In addition to being the Dutch Junior national team coach and choreographer, Daymon is also the 2016 Olympic coach and choreographer to Dutch/Egyptian gymnast Sherine el Zeiney and choreographer for Dutch gymnast Celine van Gerners controversial 2018 European Championships "Cats" themed floor routine.
Canadian born Carol Angela Orchard is a world leading beam specialist, having coached and contributed to multiple athletes winning medals at World, European and Commonwealth Level. Her impressive career includes 4 World Championships Medals on Beam, plus several Commonwealth Games Champions. She has coached at 4 Olympic Games and 15 World Championships.
Everyone! No matter who you are, what your coach level is or the qualifications you’ve got, you’ll get great value from these clinics.
The only requirement is that you care about your development – if you aspire to work with high performance athletes of any age (or you already work with them), then the content will be perfect for you.
The content will be specific to Woman’s Artistic Gymnastics, but much of it can be transferred to other disciplines too.
"Very informative, inspirational and mind blowing"
As I mentioned, I’ve deliberately kept the cost as low as I can to ensure that price isn’t a barrier to attendance for everyone, and that’s why you’ll be pleasantly surprised to learn that each clinic is an investment of only £69.99.
It’s also worth reiterating that there really is a hard limit of the number of coaches that can attend each Masterclass, so when the tickets are gone, they’re gone.
Having spoken to a few coaches about this, I know that lots of you will want to attend more than one event, and consequently, I’ve decided to put an additional offer together, specifically for those coaches who come to three or more events:
"Clear and concise, whilst challenging you to change your thinking - really interesting!"
If you know that you’d like to come to three or more events, my advice would be to take action NOW, while you remember.
To do so couldn’t be simpler:
For those who book three or more events, you’ll receive a private login within 48 hours of purchasing that gives you access to the digital content, allowing you to consume the choreography and physical preparation modules immediately.
I really am extremely excited about these Masterclasses. It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a while, and I know that those who join me will get fantastic value that’ll help them both now and in the future.
Will that be you?
"As always an exceptionally informative and inspiring day with Nick Ruddock Gymnastics"
Absolutely! We may be bias, but we feel that gymnastics is the greatest sport on earth, and the foundation of all other sports too. That's why we attract coaches from several other sports also. With plenty of cross pollination between sports and disciplines, with the right mindset it's impossible to leave a Nick Ruddock event without learning something to improve performance at home.
Other than being older than 16, there are no eligibility requirements to attend a Nick Ruddock event.
Nick Ruddock's events regularly attract hundreds of coaches, many of which are from overseas! Everybody is welcome :)
None at all :) Coaches from a vast range of backgrounds fill our venues, from volunteers to national coaches and the cream of international gymnastics. Everyone is welcome, and everyone will gain something from attending.
The most important to thing to bring with you is an open mind and growth mindset. Aside from that, bring your own lunch and refreshments, and whatever you need to scribble down the mountain of notes you'll have from the day! We have little control of the temperatures in these venues, so it may be a good idea to bring a sweater just in case you get chilly!
All of these clinics are held within our second homes, gymnastics halls! So please dress in whatever you feel most comfortable in. Please note that some venues may require delegates to remove shoes upon entering the gym.
Unfortunately filming or the capturing of audio is prohibited at these events. Feel free to make as many notes as you wish!
This event is for coaches only. Unless you have been specifically requested to bring athletes as demonstrators, please do not bring athletes with you.
"It was an amazing experience and an event every coach should attend to expand their knowledge"
"I'm bursting with ideas and new innovations to take back to our club! "
"Such an amazing event with lots of incredible knowledge and helpful tips "