General help & Information
Amateur Semi Pro Championships
WIDTH OF POLES = 42mm
One static 42 mm diameter pole: 3 metres in height
One spinning 42 mm diameter pole: 3 metres in height
2 x Floor to ceiling, rigging fixed stainless steel Rpole competition poles
Where poles are higher than 3 metres you will only be allowed to use up to 3meters.
From an Audience view the spinning pole will be on the left hand side of the stage and the static on the right hand side
FOR DOUBLES AND GROUP CATEGORIES ONLY- BOTH POLES ARE STATIC
Poles Will be approximately 2 meters apart
Stage Dimensions- The stage is 9 meters wide and 6 meters in depth
Where to Stay ?
There are a number of hotels and B&B’s in and around Bognor Regis. We have listed a few below for your convenience:
Premier Inn Bognor Regis
Address: Shripney Rd, Bognor Regis PO22 9PA
Phone: 0871 527 8114
This modern no-frills hotel set among gardens is 2.4 miles from Bognor Regis train station and a 7-minute drive from the beaches of the town's Esplanade and seafront.
Rooms range from singles to family rooms with 2 pull-out beds (kids aged 15 and under eat and stay free with paying adults). In-room amenities feature free WiFi, pillow-top mattresses and en suite bathrooms with showers, as well as tea and coffee making facilities, TVs and desks.
There's an adjoining Chef & Brewer pub/restaurant and free parking. Breakfast (an extra cost) includes all-you-can-eat and light choices.
Arundel Fontwell Park
Address: Fontwell Park, Fontwell Avenue, Fontwell, Arundel, BN18 0SY
Phone: 08715 591801
Our Arundel Fontwell Park hotel is perched on the edge of the stunning South Downs, one of Britain's most beautiful national parks, and a short trip to the town of Arundel, a hive of boutiques, cafes and traditional pubs.
Don't leave before taking in Arundel Castle, a truly magnificent 11th-century building set in the rolling hills with some gorgeous grounds to boot. Also nearby is Fontwell Park Racecourse, which has been voted one of the South East's best circuits.
All rooms feature a comfy king size bed with four plump pillows and a cosy duvet. Guests can enjoy a variety of food and drink choices within easy walking distance from this hotel.
Address: A27/A29 Fontwell, Nr Arundel, BN18 0SB
Phone: 08719 846014
Fancy a day at the races? Fontwell Park racecourse is across the road from our Arundel Fontwell hotel and it's close to the Goodwood Motor Circuit. Enjoy more tranquil days out at Arundel Castle and the nearby WWT Wetland Centre.Right on the doorstep of the stunning South Downs National Park, we're a great base for visiting historic Chichester and the Fishbourne Roman Palace as well as the seaside resorts of Bognor Regis and Littlehampton.This hotel has upgraded rooms that feature a comfy king size bed with four plump pillows and a cosy duvet. Guests can enjoy a variety of food and drink choices within easy walking distance from this hotel.
Address: Chapel Street, Chichester PO19 1DL
Phone: 08719 846454
Our Chichester Central hotel sits within the ancient Roman walls of the Georgian city of Chichester, in the heart of the bustling shopping centre and a stone's throw from the Cathedral, the Novium museum and the Pallant House Gallery.
Visit the fascinating Weald & Downland Open Air Museum, nestled at the foot of the South Downs National Park, close to glorious Goodwood racecourse. Explore the Chichester Harbour AONB and visit seaside town Bognor Regis.
All rooms feature a comfy king size bed with four plump pillows and a cosy duvet. Guests can enjoy a wide variety of food and drink choices within easy walking distance from this hotel.
Address: 13-14 Marine Drive West, Bognor Regis, West Sussex, PO21 2QA
Phone: 01243 864844
The Navigator Hotel is a superior hotel located in Aldwick, 5 minutes from the Bognor Regis town centre. From the rooms equipped with enclosed balconies you have a beautiful view of the award sea. The hotel is located on the Bognor Regis sea front and near the lovely Marine Park gardens. The Navigator is only several minutes by foot from the town centre, where you can find many activities such as mini golf, the Picturedrome cinema and all the fun of the penny arcades, we will tell you more about that on our attractions page. The hotel can be easily reached by car from the A27 and Bognor train station is one bus stop from the hotel, there is also plenty of on street parking opposite the hotel.
The rooms in the Navigator are decorated in a sea styled theme and are furnished with the principal comforts including free internet wifi (available also in the lounge and bar areas), and LCD television. The hotel provides its guests an accommodating breakfast area with a continental buffet, bar and restaurant service. Besides offering an impeccable service from its staff, the Navigator Hotel offers several different room accommodations from standard to superior rooms with sea views.
Royal Norfolk Hotel
Address: The Esplanade, Bognor Regis, West Sussex PO21 2LH
Phone: 01243 826222
Occupying an imposing, 3-storey, Georgian building facing the sea, this classic hotel is a minutes' walk from the beach and a 3-minute walk away from Bognor Pier.
The traditionally styled rooms all include en suite bathrooms and have tea and coffee making facilities and flat-screen TVs. Some rooms offer sea views.
Complimentary breakfast is provided and free WiFi is available in public areas. There's a restaurant, a cocktail bar and a lounge bar with a dance floor, and limited free parking is available.
Beach Croft Hotel
Beach Croft Hotel, Clyde Road, Felpham, West Sussex, PO22 7AH
If you wish to travel a little further afield or make a bit more of your stay, the nearby city of Chichester has a beautiful cathedral and pleasant shopping area. Arundel has a beautiful castle, art galleries plus some unique/unusual drinking spots and restaurants.
Where to eat?
HOT/COLD FOOD & DRINKS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ALL DAY DURING THE COMPETITION - (While stocks last)
Other nearby places for food:
Robin Hood Pub (3 miles)
Shripney Road, Bognor Regis, West Sussex, PO22 9PA
William Hardwicke Pub (3 miles)
12 High Street, Bognor Regis PO21 1SR, United Kingdom
Cardamom Bay (Indian Restaurant) 2.5 miles
43 Queensway, Bognor Regis, West Sussex PO21 1QN, United Kingdom
Martlets - Fayre & Square, (2 miles)
Aldwick Road, Bognor Regis PO21 3AD, United Kingdom
Tesco Express (1 mile)
351 Chichester Rd Bognor Regis West Sussex PO21 5AN
POLE COMPETITOR CHAPERONE GUIDELINES
An important role for each competitor or performer during any Pole Competition.
Chaperone Duties and responsibilities
Over the years this important role has been somewhat under estimated. But without the valuable support of these important people, many of the competitors would not be where they are today
Who makes a good chaperone?
This obviously depend on the competitor of course, as not each person requires the same support as each other
Examples of a good chaperones would be:-
Your training partner
Someone who knows you really well
Your best friend
What are the main roles of a competitor chaperone & why have a chaperone to support each competitor?
Again these roles vary from competitor to competitor but the duties below may be considered
· To help with competitor and music registrations
· To look after the competitors belongs during training and the competition itself
· Help with costumes, makeup and hair
· Support in travel to and from the venues
· Support during rehearsals and stage preparations
· Support for physical massage and sports therapy which may include stretching and injury prevention
· Mental support in maintaining peak performance
· To give valuable feedback during training and competition warm ups and presentations
· To be the professional voice between the competitor and organisers
· To look after and collect any props after the show
· To help with pole preparation and cleaning
· To help maintain their hydration and nutrition levels
What are the down sides of being a competitor chaperone?
You will be the first person, usually, that a competitor may ‘stress to’ should such a situation arise. It is important that you do not take the comments literally and personally as emotions are heightened during competition times
Always have a supportive, positive and encouraging manner, no matter how stressful the situation may appear at that time.
Quite often your duties require you to be back stage during the completion as your competitor may wish to have you back stage with them for moral support, which may mean you either miss the show or have very limited viewing. You don’t get to see the other performers and competitors as your number one focus is your competitor
What are the advantages of being a chaperone?
Apart from the obvious one of supporting a dear friend and being a part of their success there is that sense of accomplishment and of course contribution.
You also get to be alongside the great pole champions, where otherwise you may not have the opportunity.
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TOP Tips for Competing
If you are struggling badly with nerves before a competition then reading the below may help then planning and preparation is key.
So many times we hear 'Oh I have no idea what to wear , or my music isn't working for me/the edit is too shortmusic ... two days before a competition !!
1. SMILE as if you are enjoying your performance - if your 'story' or indeed costume ! doesn't warrant a smile then please add one in at the end of your performance - when you bow and say your 'thank you for watching'
So many performers and competitors show their nerves and not their passion for dance and the pole
2. POSTURE & ALIGNMENT This one you will know !!
But please if this is a problem of yours say it over and over again in your head during your performance
'POINT YOUR TOES Extend your limbs' including concentrate on your fingers too!!
3. MUSIC - Feel your music from within
It certainly shows if you don't - if in any doubt don't use it, It's not the right choice if you have doubts - and never let someone else pick your music (its ok that they help and advise, but ultimately its your choice)
4. CLOTHING - Costumes costumes costumes ! Yes it takes time, effort AND money
An important part of competition preparation
Understand and read the rules then go for maximum effect possible according to each competition criteria
EVERY point counts these days
Find out about the stage and stage backing
MPD UK is all about the performance and costumes too - GO WILD!! AND TELL YOUR STORY!!
5. ROUTINE- Good routines are made up of many different elements
It's not just about tricks tricks tricks
You are better off doing intermediate tricks exceptionally well than advance tricks poorly!
6. FLEXIBILITY & STRETCH Focus on your flexibility - This is such an important part of modern pole routines
This means correct preparation warm ups and cool downs, not only on the day of the completion but the weeks before and weeks after!
Refer to no. 2
You should be allowing at least 30 minutes preparation stretch before its your turn on the poles (many of the champions will be warming and stretching for 2 hours prior!!)
7. EMOTION & EYE CONTACT - Engage with your audience and judges
This is simple and can be done with eye contact, facial expressions and hands reaching towards them pulling them back into your body and your performance and emotion
8. CONTROL YOUR BREATHING - Breathe!
An excellent performance not only leaves the performer breathless but the judges AND audience
Give all the power and energy you have got
9. ATTENTION TO DETAIL - It's the little details that matter too
Practice and get someone truthful to critique your performance - get them to find 10 things for you to improve on !
10. TRANSITIONS - Transitions in, out, around, up, down and from pole to pole
Just as important as your tricks !
11. MINDSET - Have fun and look at it as a performance not a competition
Most importantly remember the qualities of an excellent performer are very different to that of an excellent instructor or student
The skills and mindset are very different, MEDITATION AND VISUALISATION ARE EXCELLENT preparation skills for a champion :)
Enjoy yourself,Meet new people,Be safe,Train Safe...remember every challenge is a growth step forward.
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