Coaches, Teachers & Volunteers - British Gymnastics

Coaches, Teachers & Volunteers

CPD Thumbnail Original

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


Instructing Gymnastics

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 5 working days for a waiver to approved.


Club Details

This form must be completed by the Club Secretary or the named Head Coach  



Name of Club Secretary/Head Coach

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.

Your Course Organiser will:
• Acknowledge receipt of the EC form within 10 working days
• Conduct an appropriate review of the evidence 
• Write to you within 20 working days of the acknowledgement date, to inform you of the outcome
When do I need to submit my Extenuating Circumstances (EC) claim?
EC claims should be submitted to your course organiser within 15 working days of the affected course/assessment date or submission date for your log book/portfolio of evidence having passed.  
My tutor/assessor knows about my extenuating circumstances.  Do I still need to submit the form?
Yes.  British Gymnastics will only consider claims that have been submitted by the learner on a fully completed EC form.
What happens if I don't fill in the form in full or don't provide documentary evidence?
Your claim may not be upheld if you fail to provide enough information or evidence for your claim to be considered.  It is essential that you include all relevant course details on your form and submit supporting documentary; independent evidence with your claim.  You must also give a clear and concise explanation about how your circumstances impacted your attendance, which has led to your claim for extenuating circumstances.
What constitutes 'documentary evidence'?
The following are examples of documents that may be considered as evidence:
• Medical certificate
• Hospital/doctor’s letter
• Solicitor’s letter
Documentary evidence must be independently verifiable and therefore letters from family members or friends will not be accepted.  Where circumstances are of a nature that verifiable evidence is not available and your tutor/assessor is aware of your situation, they may provide a letter of support as evidence on your behalf.  
Where medical evidence is supplied it must include dates, time frame and a medical opinion about the likely effect of illness on your attendance.
What will happen if my EC claim is upheld?
If your claim for extenuating circumstances is upheld, one of the following outcomes will apply: 
Course Attendance
Your course organiser will offer you an opportunity to attend the next available course day(s).  Please note, this may not be in the original course venue or region.
Log book/portfolio of evidence submission
Your course organiser will offer you a revised deadline to submit your log book/portfolio of evidence. 
Assessment Attendance
Your course organiser will offer you an opportunity to attend the next available assessment day.  Please note, this may not be in the original course venue or region.
Theory Course Assessment
Your course organiser will offer you an opportunity to attend an alternate theory assessment date.  
CPD Course – Fit for Practice Assessment
Your course organiser will either overturn the original decision or provide full details to enable you to attend the next available course.
What will happen if my EC claim is not upheld?
If your ECs are not upheld, one of the following outcomes will apply:
Course Attendance
If you missed any day of your course*, you will be charged to attend a different course day(s). Please note, this may not be in the original course venue or region.
• Fee - £30.00
*Only applicable to courses longer than one day in length.  For one day attendance only courses, there is a requirement to register and attend a new course.
Log book / portfolio of evidence submission
If you were unable to submit your log book/portfolio of evidence within the required timeframe, your course organiser will liaise with you regarding a suitable revised submission date.
• Fee - £20.00
Assessment Attendance
If you missed your practical assessment, you will be charged a re-assessment fee specific to the level of course.
• UKCC Level 1 - £80.00
• UKCC Level 2 - £105.00
• Level 3 Technical Assessment - £40.00
• Level 4 - £70.00
• Level 5 - £70.00
Theory Course Assessment 
If you missed your theory assessment, you will be charged a re-assessment fee per paper:
• Fee - £10.00
CPD Course – Fit for Practice Assessment
If you were deemed NYC during your Fit for Practice sign-off, you will be required to register and pay to attend another course.
What if I don’t agree with the EC decision?
You must appeal within 14 working days of receiving the disputed EC decision.  You should explain why you want to appeal and include copies of any related documents or e-mails. Appeals should be sent to 


If you believe you require Additional Assistance at a coaching course or assessment please follow the Additional Assistance guidance below:


pdf Additional Assistance Coach Guidance (273 KB)

pdf Request for Additional Assistance (266 KB)