Tumbling Gymnastics Level 1

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Tumbling Gymnastics Level 1

Tumbling Gymnastics Level 1

This course will qualify you to be an assistant coach for tumbling gymnastics. 

Tumbling gymnastics is an impressive discipline to coach. Participants perform exciting routines made up of dynamic jumps, twists and somersaults. Your role is to support and develop these skills for participants to enjoy.

Many of our level 1 coaches are parents, teachers, gymnasts or coaches of other disciplines. 

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Who is this Aimed at:

People who are engaged with gymnastics and wish to develop their knowledge further and get involved in coaching.

Pre Requisites:

Learners must be at least 16 years old on the first day of the course.

What To Expect:

An informative course that develops all aspects of coaching, including ‘how to coach’ as well as discipline specific practical experience and knowledge.

Delivery Method:

Practical tutor led days, online activities and mentored hours:

Day 1 – Practical

Day 2 – Practical

Day 3 – Assessment

Do I Need To Bring Participants:

Days 1 and 2 - Minimum of one required. (For Acrobatics gymnastics you are required to bring a minimum of one pair). Participants should be working towards the skills included on the course syllabus.

Day 3 Assessment - Minimum of three required. Please ensure one gymnast is able to perform the complete skills in your skills matrix box (with or without support).

Do I Need To Find A Mentor:

Your mentor will be someone to help you throughout the course and to support your development of gymnastics knowledge and the delivery methods such as the ‘How to Coach’ skills.

Before you enrol onto the course you will need to find a mentor. Your mentor is required to hold a minimum of a level 2 coaching qualification, or equivalent, within the same discipline.

What Resources Are Included:

1st4Sport logbook, discipline specific resource pack, and online resources. 


£319 for British Gymnastics members who hold a minimum of Silver membership at the time of enrolment onto the course (£419 for all other candidates).

Course costs include the delivery and initial assessment; any further assessments will incur additional charges.


By the end of this course you will:

  • Begin to apply the 'How to Coach' skills
  • Understand how to use and build up progressions for discipline specific skills
  • Know your ethical coaching responsibilities
  • Know your safety responsibilities
  • Know how to move and set up equipment safely for your session
  • Recognise muscles and how they work
  • Describe the principles of group organisation and communication
  • Appreciate the principles of safe support
  • Know the structure and purpose of preparation for activity
  • Understand basic biomechanical principles
  • Appreciate the need for different learning styles

Common Core Theory:

  • Ethical coaching responsibilities
  • Safety in coaching
  • Group organisation
  • Physical, cognitive and emotional development
  • Basic anatomy and physiology
  • Basic nutrition and healthy living
  • Biomechanical principles
  • Erection and dismantling of apparatus
  • Principles of supporting and spotting

Fitness and Well-being - Physical Preparation:

  • Warm up 
  • Strength and endurance training
  • Cool down 
  • Execution of landings
  • Body shapes
  • Safety in using the trampette


  • Straight jump
  • Tuck jump
  • Pike Jump
  • Jump 180°
  • Jump 360°
  • Forwards roll
  • Backwards roll
  • Headstand
  • Handstand
  • Cartwheel
  • Handspring
  • Flyspring
  • Round off
  • Flic

Rebound Only:

  • Whip
  • Tuck backwards somersault
  • Tuck forwards somersault


Assessment Method:

Practical – including planning and delivering an allocated skills matrix box

Logbook – including both written and delivered tasks

How Long Until I Am Fully Qualified:

Typically it takes four months to become qualified. However, you have up to one year from Day 1 of the course to complete the qualification if your first attempt at assessment is not successful.

When Is My Assessment:

Your assessment date has been pre-set as per the course dates. See the ‘find a course’ page for available courses and dates.

You will be assessed on your ability to:

  • Plan a session for all skills within the skills box
  • Deliver the warm up, two of the skills and the cool down from your planned session

Note: Round off, flip will be selected as one of the delivered skills. The assessor will select the other skill on the day

You need to bring at least three participants to the practical assessment

This skills matrix is valid for courses starting from 01/01/2020

Box 1

Round off flic

Forward somersault tucked
Backward somersault tucked


Courbette Action

Box 2

Round off flic

Forward somersault tucked


Landing Drills

Box 3

Round off flic

Backwards somersault tucked
Forward somersault tucked


Take-off drills

Box 4

Round off flic

Backwards somersault tucked

Round off, jump half turn walkout, cartwheel


Assessment Process

Briefing and set up - 10 mins

Warm up - 5 mins

1st Skill delivery - 10 mins

2nd Skill delivery - 10 mins

Cool down - 5 mins

Self-reflection - 5 mins

De-brief - 15 mins

Download this Skills Matrix Skills matrix for courses starting between 04/06/16 and 31/12/2019

Find Tumbling Gymnastics Level 1 courses near you


The courses below are in date order, soonest displayed first.

10 Jan 2021
Retford Gymnastics Club,Retford
14 Mar 2021
Basingstoke Gymnastics Club,Basingstoke
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