FUNdamentals offers a wide range of activities organised within 16 themes, such as ‘seaside’ and ‘healthy eating’. Each theme is usually delivered over 6 sessions of approximately 45 minute duration. The programme delivery is signposted by FUNKY Cat and his friends, each created to identify a particular skill through a FUN medium. Steady enjoys doing all the balance activities, Springy enjoys jumping about, Stretchy enjoys the warm-up sessions, Speedy has good locomotory skills, Swingy enjoys using apparatus, Sporty is well co-ordinated and Funky Cat himself, is a good all-rounder.
During the sessions, children are transported into the World of FUNdamentals in which the iconic ‘Funky Cat’ leads them in a range of physical and musical activities that ensure their interest and excitement. At the end of each term, children receive badges, certificates and a medal to recognise their efforts and encourage them to progress further as well as to evidence participation and learning. The certificate and badge are attractively and colourfully designed and the certificate is personalised with the child’s name. There is a gold medal available as more themes are completed.
British Gymnastics Shop Fundamentals Resources
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.
We have designed a great resource for you to use, whether you are a mentor or a mentee. The Mentoring Toolkit provides guidance on how to build great mentor-mentee relationships, suggests topics and activities to complete during your relationship and has an assessment tool to assist in monitoring development. Head over to Club Hub, and explore the Coach and Instructor Development section in the Club Support area of the Resource Centre.
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.
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.
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:
How to I access 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.
The UK is a great place to coach, as a result we get requests on a regular basis to validate and recognise awards gained from overseas authorities. We operate a system of conversion and mapping of overseas awards to UK standards. If you would like more information on how to have your qualifications validated please email firstname.lastname@example.org