Aspire to Shine - British Gymnastics

Aspire to Shine

Strengthening the Future of Gymnastics

What is it?

Aspire to Shine is a unique and exciting development opportunity for future Club Leaders in our sport. Here at British Gymnastics we have recognised that there are number of people with the desire to set up their own gymnastics club, or support their current club to expand and grow. This process can seem daunting and unachievable so by running Aspire to Shine we hope to support a group of people turn their visions and aspirations into reality.

The residential is open for individuals aged between 18 and 25 years old and has been specifically designed to introduce attendees of this age group to the opportunities available within gymnastics and give them the knowledge and skills to pursue a career within the sport. The four day event will include sessions on how to set up and manage a new club, how to introduce new Gymnastic for All ideas into clubs, how to establish satellite venues, as well as providing a networking opportunity to make essential gymnastics connections. There will be an opportunity to meet influential staff at British Gymnastics and the chance to gain an understanding of the Governing Body and the support we provide. In short, the attendees will be given top level training to support them to achieve their aspirations.

Aspire to Shine will be held at Lilleshall National sport centre, the home of British Gymnastics, from the evening of Monday 8th - Thursday 11th August. The sessions will be tutored by BG staff and industry experts who have the greatest knowledge of their working area, who can inspire and motivate the attendees with current information to support their needs.

Is Aspire to Shine for me?

Aspire to Shine is aimed at those individuals with a strong passion to develop a future career in gymnastics. The ideal applicants are those who have the aspiration, commitment and passion to remain and develop gymnastics over a long period of time. Applicants should want to be part of the development of gymnastics in their local community and use the relationships and current connections to work in collaboration to achieve this. Key characteristics of being positive and motivational are ideal for attendees, both in Aspire to Shine and whilst working in clubs and communities. If that sounds like you, why not apply?

To be successful in your application attendees must be able to demonstrate that they meet the criteria for selection detailed below.


  • Aged between 18 – 25 years on 08th August 2016
  • Hold current British Gymnastics membership- minimum bronze


  • Be linked to a MY Leadership Academy, and able to inspire the next generation of leaders
  • Linked to/able to link to wider gymnastic community through club networks and committees
  • Be a qualified coach - minimum a level 2