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Welcome to the British Gymnastics Mentoring page. Whether you are a mentor or receiving mentoring, you will find useful information to support you here.

What is mentoring?

It is a well-established fact that being a gymnastics coach involves being many things to many people. In addition to being well-versed in delivering great gymnastics sessions, underpinned by well thought out plans, coaches also have an important part to play in helping others. 

Mentoring is a widely accepted term for the support and guidance given by an experienced person to another. It's about helping someone to want to develop themselves. It's people centred. It’s about inspiring others and being inspired yourself as a result. 

Mentoring Case Studies

Explore some real-life good practice examples of how mentoring can be delivered effectively by having a look at the case studies below. 

CASE STUDY – Midlands Gymnastics Academy

CASE STUDY – Prime Acrobatics

CASE STUDY – Leeds Gymnastics Club

British Gymnastics has developed an online learning site called the ‘British Gymnastics Academy’. This is a place to help develop and provide the gymnastic community with a location for online learning and resources at the reach of your fingertips.

A benefit of the online learning and resources is that you can take as long as you like on each aspect, stop at any time and pick up where you left off. You can also re-visit the online content and resources as many times as you like. All you need is a device with internet connection and appropriate British Gymnastics membership.

The British Gymnastics Academy contains such aspects as:

  • Your profile, so you can update any of your personal details
  • A help service, so if you get stuck you can either read the frequently asked questions or send our support team a message
  • Forums, to communicate with other learners
  • Videos and images, to help demonstrate the learning points
  • Interactive modules, which contain activities and information about certain subjects
  • Web pages, to provide further information on that subject
  • Downloadable documents, which can be downloaded and saved to your computer for offline reading and printing

How to I access the British Gymnastics Academy?

Once you have explored our courses and enrolled onto your chosen course via find a course you will be able to access the online content and resources within the British Gymnastics Academy.

The British Gymnastics Academy can be found via the dropdown menu on the British Gymnastics website, under Coaches then Online learning and finally British Gymnastics Academy.

You can also use this link to access the British Gymnastics Academy.

To login all you need is your British Gymnastics membership number and your GymNET password. If you don’t have a password you can either; click here or call Customer Suppport on 0345 129 7129 (Calls to an 0345 number are charged at a standard rate (calls from mobile phones may vary). Calls may be recorded for training and monitoring purposes).

The British Gymnastics Academy is accessible via any device that has internet access.  We recommend you use a tablet, laptop or desktop to access the interactive modules.

 

Gymnastics for All - Add on Modules

To help clubs and coaches to deliver a diverse and broad Gymnastics offer, Level 1 add on modules which act as Continuing Professional Development (CPD) support to coaches have been created. These modules give coaches new ideas and additional tools to implement straight into a club, school or leisure centre setting with an aim of encouraging more opportunities for more people to take part in gymnastics.

Module 1a – Understanding GfA – An examination of the philosophy behind why we should be providing a broad and exciting range of gymnastic experiences and activities, based on the most important thing: the participant.

Module 1b – Foundations of GfA – A practical session, exploring the relationships and the differences between the gymnastics disciplines and demonstrates how multi-activity gymnastics sessions can be set up within any gymnastics setting.

Module 2 – Games and Fitness – Engaging participants in motivating and challenging games and fitness tasks is a core feature of any gymnastics session.  This module explores the various uses and types of games and the principles of fitness through fun and engaging programmes. 

Module 3 – Dance, Music and Movement - For those interested in developing festival gymnastics focusing on, themes, music, floor patterns & movement and costume.

Module 4 – Showtime Choreography – This module will help you to get the very best from your display group through focusing on dance styles, Laban, expression, key dance steps and creative choreography.

Module 5 – Hand Apparatus - Great ideas of how to use hand apparatus within recreational sessions as well as part of group display work. (Available spring 2013).

Freestyle Technical modules – Gymnastics is given an urban, free flowing edge through our Freestyle Gymnastics courses.  Add on modules for Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 coaches are on offer that will allow your Freestylers to trick, spin, flip and vault freely under your supervision.

Gymnastics for All - Add on Modules

To help clubs and coaches to deliver a diverse and broad Gymnastics offer, Level 1 add on modules which act as Continuing Professional Development (CPD) support to coaches have been created. These modules give coaches new ideas and additional tools to implement straight into a club, school or leisure centre setting with an aim of encouraging more opportunities for more people to take part in gymnastics.

Module 1a – Understanding GfA – An examination of the philosophy behind why we should be providing a broad and exciting range of gymnastic experiences and activities, based on the most important thing: the participant.

Module 1b – Foundations of GfA – A practical session, exploring the relationships and the differences between the gymnastics disciplines and demonstrates how multi-activity gymnastics sessions can be set up within any gymnastics setting.

Module 2 – Games and Fitness – Engaging participants in motivating and challenging games and fitness tasks is a core feature of any gymnastics session.  This module explores the various uses and types of games and the principles of fitness through fun and engaging programmes. 

Module 3 – Dance, Music and Movement - For those interested in developing festival gymnastics focusing on, themes, music, floor patterns & movement and costume.

Module 4 – Showtime Choreography – This module will help you to get the very best from your display group through focusing on dance styles, Laban, expression, key dance steps and creative choreography.

Freestyle Technical modules – Gymnastics is given an urban, free flowing edge through our Freestyle Gymnastics courses.  Add on modules for Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 coaches are on offer that will allow your Freestylers to trick, spin, flip and vault freely under your supervision.

To find a course near you please click here and use the search tool.

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