These squads are selected by experienced coaches following an initial trial. The gymnasts are chosen because they demonstrate natural physical requirements and have potential to train further. Once in the squad they will be following a training program designed to improve flexibility, strength and co-ordination.
The development phase is from 4.5-7 years, where they train up to 7 hours a week. Once they start training in the year they turn 8, their hours increase to 9-11 per week, this is when they start competing. Regular attendance is very important for gymnasts in these squads, as they need to be fully dedicated from a young age.
Children training in these squads will be invited to represent Cambridge Gymnastics Academy at county, regional and national competitions.