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£370 for gymnastic fees ridiculous?!

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sarah8484 Wed 18-Sep-19 16:06:13

My son has been offered a place at a gymnastics club. The fees are £370 every 3 months. For a 3 hour lesson once a week. He is really gifted in gymnastics and would love him to do it but the cost just seems so extortionate. So stuck with what to do. Anyone else's children do gymnastics? Can i ask what you pay?

baldpate Wed 18-Sep-19 16:08:59

Ours is 40 per month for one hour a week so roughly the same per hour

ExplodingCarrots Wed 18-Sep-19 16:10:42

£24 per month for an hour per week.

FlyingBanana Wed 18-Sep-19 16:12:08

Ours cost less proportionately an hour as they did more, so we pay 40something for 2 hours but its not quite 100 for 4 a month

User3billion Wed 18-Sep-19 16:12:46

Have you considered enquiring with other local gym clubs as to what their fees are. I imagine, like many things, it could be location dependent.

FlyingBanana Wed 18-Sep-19 16:13:19

Just a warning though.... I dont know his age but it increases quite quickly if very gifted. Friend's children at 6/7 are doing 6hours...

inwood Wed 18-Sep-19 16:13:38

Cost per hour works out roughly the same as ours, but they only do 45 minutes a week.

3 hours is pretty intense unless he is in an elite squad?

TulipCat Wed 18-Sep-19 16:13:49

Works out about £10 an hour then, which is quite reasonable. Does it include his British Gymnastics membership or is that additional?

JudefromJersey Wed 18-Sep-19 16:14:43

Is it Mayfield?! If so they have a huge waiting list so if you won’t oay it, countless others will.
Yes it’s crazy but supply and demand tend to dictate these things, annoying as it is.

zebra22 Wed 18-Sep-19 16:15:06

So about £125 per month for 12 hours of lessons - doesn’t sound bad to me

sarah8484 Wed 18-Sep-19 16:18:54

Although very gifted, my son has only ever done gymnastics at school and he went to a boys open day at our nearest gymnastics club over a week ago and received an email from them today saying they would like to offer him a place in their '9 hour development group' (not sure what that is) and that its a 3 hour lesson weekly, and the fee is £370 monthly then we will need to pay £20 annual club membership AND pay for a British Gymnastics membership! shock

sarah8484 Wed 18-Sep-19 16:20:27

@JudefromJersey No, it's in Telford.

bluegirlgreen Wed 18-Sep-19 16:37:07

@sarah8484

I bet they DID 'offer him a place!!!' Must have seen you coming. What a damn rip off. Sorry, but it would be a NO from me.

Singlebutmarried Wed 18-Sep-19 16:39:49

Ours was £70 month for 9 hours a week

StarKazan Wed 18-Sep-19 16:44:57

That’s ridiculous. We pay £8 for a two hour class every week. £4 an hour. At £10 an hour I would be expecting no more than five in a class. Be careful though...if they want him to do elite training then it’s a minimum of ten hours a week round here.

I’ve been sucked in before with martial arts. Was told my daughter was really talented etc. Turns out they say this to every parent!!!

I’d ring around gymnastics clubs in the area to get more of an idea xx

Joerev Wed 18-Sep-19 16:49:07

Yes. My friends child went into squad and it’s £350 per term. She’s the most incredible gymnast and she’s 6

Scrutler Wed 18-Sep-19 16:49:53

We were paying less than that until recently I think for my DC at a club near Telford for more hours (9 hours). DC has 'retired' now and coaches instead. There are a couple of good clubs in the area. Is this artistic or acro?

Scrutler Wed 18-Sep-19 16:51:35

Actually might have been around same based on that being termly but was for more hours.

Shittiestdayinalongtime Wed 18-Sep-19 16:53:39

Ours is 2 hours a week, and between £70 to £90 a month.

BetterEatCheese Wed 18-Sep-19 16:54:29

Ours is £25 per month for 1 hour a week

edwinbear Wed 18-Sep-19 16:54:51

£70 per month, for squad training, 4 hrs a week.

summersherewishiwasnt Wed 18-Sep-19 16:55:50

It’s almost £10 an hour
Take him to other gymnastics club and see if he really is as good. Are they exaggerating to manipulate you to pay??? Do you think he’s really good?

MissMarks Wed 18-Sep-19 16:55:54

That’s about right- but I would guess it is 3, 3 hour classes per week. Most squads will train for at least 9 hours a week from they are about 7

Shazzanat Wed 18-Sep-19 16:57:07

My DS was in development squad and fees varied between 60-100 pounds per month depending on how much training required (usually closer to the 100 mark). Some of the PPs might be referring to rec class fees. BG and club membership was extra as was squad uniform. My advice? Don't do it!!! It takes over your family life and bank balance. We pulled him out when there was talk of competitions that would require time off school, this made us come to our senses.

MissMarks Wed 18-Sep-19 16:57:37

Is it £370 a month or per term??

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