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About Learn 2... Gymnastics

Gymnastics is a sport that children can begin at a young age and continue through their teen years. Some will have the ability to become competitive gymnasts while most will participate because they enjoy learning and developing new skills. Gymnastics is identified as a foundation sport for all sports and will increase strength, flexibility, endurance, coordination and social skills.

Our coaches aims are to support all our gymnasts to reach their full potential in this increasingly popular sport and to create a progressive pathway for more competitive gymnastics.

Presently South Ayrshire Council run a number of pre-school and recreational gymnastics classes and caters for over 400 children of differing ages and abilities.

Below is information on our class structure and development pathways.

Pre five gymnastic classes

Our fun gymnastics programme for pre-school toddlers from 18 months to pre-school age and is a first introduction to gymnastics. Sessions aim to develop language and listening skills through action songs. Help improve hand/eye co-ordination and fine motor skills by using various types of hand apparatus. Children have the opportunity to work on their climbing, jumping, balancing and rolling skills on our pre-school gymnastics apparatus.

Recreational Learn 2 Gymnastic classes

The aim of the recreational programme is to provide a fun opportunity for children and young people to develop their own individual journey through gymnastics. There are classes which cater for both beginners and intermediate. Recreational gymnasts who attend these classes will be given the opportunity to progress through our Learn 2 skills assessments alongside the Scottish Gymnastics Association Proficiency Badge Schemes which will provide the foundation for teaching high quality gymnastics in a fun, friendly & progressive way enabling them to progress their skills within their class and at a suitable level.

 An annual end of term display allows our gymnasts to proudly showcase their badge work routines to parents and friends.

We provide an excellent entry into first level competitions with individual class floor and vault competitions for our skills 2 and 3 classes and an annual inter class Floor and Vault competition.

Gymnastic display classes

Our Display class will give an opportunity for gymnasts from 9 years and above who particularly enjoy incorporating dance and music alongside gymnastic skills to join our display team. The focus is on giving the children a chance to be creative, to learn social skills within in a fun, relaxed age appropriate environment.

The class will provide the children with a chance to learn gymnastics dance routines and to showcase their skills in front of family and friends in an annual in-house display and other events.

In addition, the team will be given the opportunity to perform at Gymfest which is one of the UK's premier non-competitive gymnastics display festivals and one of the most popular events on the Scottish Gymnastics calendar.

Gymnastic development class

Going forward and in keeping with our Sports Development Strategy South Ayrshire Council now provide a development class to cater for and develop identified talented gymnasts aged 5 - 8 years from our recreational classes and in turn provide a pathway into competitive clubs should gymnasts reach the desired requirements. Gymnasts will be assessed and monitored in their normal club environment by our qualified coaches at various points throughout the school term and given the opportunity of attending our 2 hour development class should gymnasts reach the desired requirements.  This class in turn will enable our coaches to further develop and assess any gymnasts who may have the potential to be referred to our partnership Competitive Clubs within South Ayrshire and allow us to free up places for new members.

Learn 2 Coach (Gymnastics)

Learn 2 Coach is an introductory training programme aimed at young adults aged 14+ years old who are interested in taking the first steps to becoming a gymnastics coach.

Working under the supervision of the Sports Development team, each successfully recruited Learn 2 Coach volunteer will receive individual mentoring and bespoke training to ensure they can confidently support a qualified coach within a live coaching environment.

Course aims

The Learn 2 Coach programme aims to introduce basic coaching skills aimed at equipping young people with relevant experience and knowledge to be able to enter the first level of formal coaching qualification when they feel ready.

Learn 2 Coach aims to provide participants with relevant training, including First Aid and Safeguarding & Protecting Children qualifications.  Participants will also be assigned to a lead gymnastics coach who will support and mentor them within an established class environment.

Entry Criteria

Applicants will be required to submit a brief overview outlining why they want to be part of the programme.  Applications will then be followed up by an informal meeting prior to selection.

Applicants must:

  • Be aged 14years +
  • Have an active interest in and/or have had prior experience in gymnastics as a participant, volunteer or helper
  • Be available to attend classes and training sessions on a voluntary basis
  • Be able to attend training workshops and mentoring hours.

For further information please contact:

Linda Kelly

Linda.kelly@south-ayrshire.gov.uk

01292 612391

Our gymnastic coaches

All coaches delivering classes are qualified through the British Gymnastics Coach Education Programme. Coaches leading sessions have a minimum of a UKCC Level 2 qualification and coaches assisting have a minimum of a UKCC Level 1 Qualification or are working towards the qualification. The coaches are also required to complete the appropriate Scottish Gymnastics Safeguarding and Protecting Children and all must have full PVG checks.

Volunteering

Would you like to get involved in gymnastics as a volunteer? We would love to hear from you.

No need to be an athlete or a coach you only require enthusiasm, a willing to learn and a positive attitude.

We are always looking for more people to help out and we are keen to increase volunteering and coaching opportunities within our gymnastics programme and would invite any parents, young leaders, coaches or other interested parties who may wish to become more involved in volunteering or coaching or want to find out more, provide any feedback or have questions to contact us:

Contact: Sportsdevelopment@south-ayrshire.gov.uk

South Ayrshire Council gymnastics pathway

Pre Fives Classes

 

Display Class

 

General Classes

 

 

 

Development Class

 

 

 

Development class

Referral to competitive Clubs within South Ayrshire

South Ayrshire Gymnastics Club

Ayr Gymnastics Club

 

 

How to get involved / volunteer opportunities

We are always looking for more people to help out and we are keen to increase volunteering and coaching opportunities within our gymnastics programme and would invite any parents, young leaders, coaches or other interested parties who may wish to become more involved in volunteering or coaching or want to find out more, provide any feedback or have questions to contact us:

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