Continuing professional development (CPD) is the maintenance and development of the knowledge and skills needed for you to perform effectively, safely and to a high standard in your role. It can boost your confidence, strengthen your professional credibility and help you become more creative in tackling new challenges. CPD activities can range from formal activities such as tutor-led courses or workshops to more informal approaches such as mentoring or self-directed eLearning and further reading.
We believe CPD is important in any gymnastics role, wherever you are in your career. There are some CPD obligations dependant on your role e.g. coach, instructor or welfare officer. In other instances, you should try to take accountability for the direction of and activities you engage in for your CPD.
We are always growing our CPD offer; look out for the different options available to you on the CPD course page. If you have any suggestions for CPD you think would be of benefit to any of our workforce please send your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Gymnastics features as an activity in many multi-skills sports programmes, after schools clubs and holiday camps. These allow children to sample gymnastics in a fun and safe environment whilst developing physically, socially and emotionally. Additionally, these activities can develop a passion for gymnastics which can lead more children to take part in long-term structured gymnastics programmes.
At the heart of these activity programmes are instructors. Instructors provide positive and safe experiences in an enthusiastic manner. Programmes and sessions delivered by instructors develop participants’ physical literacy, fundamental movement patterns and low-level gymnastics skills.
If you want to deliver low-level gymnastics-based physical activity, then instructing is for you.
Currently we offer the Gymnastics Activity Instructor course. It provides you with all the information you need to independently deliver low-level gymnastics based physical activity. For more information visit the course page.
Objective of Waiver:
A Coaching Waiver can be applied for by a club where they have a specific short term need to continue a particular gymnastics activity in the absence of a coach in that discipline or at the correct level. We understand that issues occur in clubs and you need our support to keep your classes running. This could be, for example, because a coach has left the club or has a short term illness or injury that is preventing them from coaching. The Coaching Waiver is not designed to cover long term situations, provide permanent cover to any coach or enable out-of-discipline competition entries. If a long term issue occurs please contact Customer Support and we will assist you in achieving a more permanent solution.
All applications will be considered on an individual basis and decisions will be based on a number of factors including the British Gymnastics insurance policy requirements, health and safety considerations, the needs of the club and, most importantly, the safety of the participants.
The outcome of an application will be notified to the club and, if successful, will provide specific detail about the length of time the waiver covers, plus any specific caveats, restrictions or instructions.
Please check the following criteria before applying for a coaching waiver:
• Over 18 years of age
• Hold current British Gymnastics membership
• Has an approved DBS criminal records check
• Current Safeguarding and Protecting Children certificate
• Holds a level 1 Gymnastics certificate in coaching (or recognised equivalent qualification).
If any of the coaches do not meet these pre-requisites the application will be automatically declined.
Please be aware that this is not a waiver for Safeguarding and Protecting Children award required by coaches. If you need an SPC Waiver, please click here to download the form.
Please ensure that you allow a minimum of a 24 hour period for a waiver to approved.
In life, from time to time, things happen which are unavoidable. The Extenuating Circumstances procedure is intended to support you if are unfortunate enough to experience one of these periods.
This procedure is advice on the action you need to take when exceptional, unforeseeable, short-term circumstances affect your ability to attend part, or all of your course or practical/theory assessment or submit your log book/portfolio of evidence within the required timeframe.
Examples of extenuating circumstances are acute illness, accidents or serious family problems.
Everyday occurrences such as minor illness, social obligations and similar foreseen commitments such as holidays and competitions are not extenuating circumstances.
To submit an extenuating circumstances claim you will need to fully complete an pdf Extenuating Circumstances Application Form (724 KB) and send it to your Course Organiser by email.