Competitive Opportunities - British Gymnastics

Competitive Opportunities

There are a wide variety of competitive opportunities available for school-aged children of all abilities:

1. Key Step
2. Next Steps
3. GymChallenge
4. TeamGym
5. British Schools Gymnastics Association (BSGA)

1. Key Step - for Primary Schools
There are three gymnastics disciplines in Key Step with three levels of ability in each. These are:

  1. Floor: Routines include balancing, jumping, rolling and flexibility skills.
  2. Vault: Skills are performed travelling on and off a bench/raised platform.
  3. Body Management: Routines include strength, flexibility, balancing and coordination skills.

To prepare your pupils for a Key Step competition and/or to host an event, all you need is basic equipment such as floor mats, a springboard, a bench and a box top/trestle table. 

Register as a British Gymnastics Partner School and you’ll have access to our resources which include coaching points, judging guidance and a competition pack.

pdf Read our Level 2 School Games Key Step competition case study (197 KB)

2. Next Steps - for Secondary Schools
There are three gymnastics disciplines in Next Steps with three levels of ability in each. These are: 

  1. Trampoline: Gymnasts perform a body management routine on the floor, set skills on the trampoline and a set routine on the trampoline.
  2. Acro: Gymnasts work in pairs or groups to perform synchronised floor routines focussing on strength, flexibility, power and grace. Routines consist of pair/group balances, dance and tumbles.
  3. Rhythmic: Each ability level offers a choice of apparatus and 'set' or 'optional' sequences:
    Step 1 - Hoop or Ball set sequence
    Step 2 - Ribbon set sequence or Hoop or Ball optional sequence
    Step 3 - Rope set sequence or Ribbon optional sequence.

3. GymChallenge - for Secondary Schools
We know your school is always looking for fresh ways to keep pupils active.  So we’re delighted to introduce you to GymChallenge, a gymnastics competition with a twist.  Unlike other team competitions, where gymnasts are marked on technical excellence, GymChallenge is focused on fun and fitness and can be staged in as little as two hours in your school. Which means now everyone can experience the unique thrill of a team competition without the pressure and no matter what their ability.

An event can be run without any specialist equipment.

As a British Gymnastics Partner School, you will have access to our GymChallenge resource pack which includes the challenge cards, scoresheets and certificates, as well as a delivery guide. 

4. TeamGym
TeamGym takes skills from other types of gymnastics and adds a team element. So you can train and perform right alongside your mates. If you enjoy working and having fun as part of a group, you'll get a kick out of TeamGym right from your very first day.

You don't need any experience to get started with TeamGym. And from experienced adult gymnasts to primary school age children, you really can get involved at any age and ability level. You'll start by learning the basics of the three activities (the floor, the trampette/spring board and the tumbling track/strip of mats). As you develop your skill and strength, you'll work as part of a team to learn and perform more and more amazing routines. If you want, you can even enter your team into one of our competitions. They're open for every age range. But, of course, you can also do it just for fun and fitness.

The British Schools Gymnastics Association (BSGA) promotes participation in, and the development of gymnastics in UK schools. It embraces all gymnastics disciplines and is fully inclusive of able bodied children and those with disabilities.

The BSGA offers alternative competition pathways for novice and intermediate gymnasts whilst also encouraging elite performers to excel in their disciplines at the same events.

Head to their website to find out more.

School Games Pathway
Level 1 intra-school: An in-house competition just for your school.

  • Primary School - Challenge Cards: floor work, vault and apparatus sessions.
  • Primary School - Competition Cards: floor work, vault and rhythmic competition formats.
  • Secondary School resource: Acrobatic, Rhythmic Hoop, Rhythmic Ribbon and Synchronised Trampoline competition formats.

Level 2 inter-school: A team of pupils represent your school at an inter-school event.

  • Primary School - Key Step: Teams of six represent the school at step 1, 2 and 3 in floor, vault and body management. Top teams advance to the level 3 competition.
    The more experienced gymnasts can compete in an individual strand of the Key Step competition.
  • Secondary School - GymChallenge: Teams of 10 represent the school. Top teams advance to the level 3 competition.

Level 3 - county level: Qualifying teams from level 2 are invited to compete at county level in Key Step and GymChallenge. They both follow the level 2 competition formats.