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There is a wide variety of competitive opportunities aimed at school-aged children of varying abilities:

1. Key Step Gymnastics
2. GymChallenge
3. British Schools Gymnastics Association competitions

Key Step Gymnastics - Primary
There are three gymnastic areas, known as ‘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 including strength, flexibility, balance and coordination skills.

To prepare your pupils for a Key Step competition and to deliver an event, all you need is basic equipment such as floor mats, a springboard, a bench and a box top/trestle table. Sign up as a British Gymnastics Partner School and you’ll have access to our resources through the online web portal, complete with coaching points, judging guidance and a competition guidance pack.

pdf Read our level 2 Key Step competition case study (197 KB)

GymChallenge - Secondary
GymChallenge is a non-technical competition format based on fun and fitness. Each competition sees teams of 5-10 pupils compete (top five scores to count) across 10 challenges to gain points based on their performance. There are three levels of competition for participants to choose from dependent on ability.

As a British Gymnastics Partner School, you will have access to our resource pack which includes the challenge cards, scoresheets and certificates, as well as a delivery guide. An event can be run without any specialist equipment.

A Discover GymChallenge workshop is available to support teachers, School Games Officer’s and event officials in delivering GymChallenge. Contact to register your interest.

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

  • Key Step: Classes can compete as teams against each other or individuals can compete against their classmates. The school selects a mixed gender team of six to represent their school in each step at level 2 competition.
  • GymChallenge: Classes can compete as teams or individuals with top scorers earning a place to represent their school at level 2.

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

  • Key Step: three mixed gender teams of six represent the school at step 1, 2 and 3. Top teams advance to level 3 competition.
  • GymChallenge: A mixed gender team of 10 represent the school. Top teams advance to level 3 competition.

Level 3 - county level: Qualifying teams from level 2 compete at county level.

  • Key Step and GymChallenge follow level 2 competition format.

Where next?
Teachers should encourage pupils to use our Discover Gymnastics page to find the perfect acivity and club or leisure centre. We recommend TeamGym as a fun, social activity to get involved in inter-club competitions. Your school can also register with the British Schools Gymnastics Association (BSGA) to get involved in additional regional and national school competitions.

Who do I contact?
School Games Officers, schools and clubs can contact to receive support in organising schools competitions. To sign up to our Partner School programme, please contact

Alternatively, visit our Discover Gymnastics page to source local clubs to support your School Games competitions.