Acrobatic Gymnastics Level 1

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Acrobatic Gymnastics Level 1

Acrobatic Gymnastics Level 1

This course is currently being delivered virtually.

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

Acrobatic gymnastics is an amazing discipline to coach.  Participants perform spectacular routines made up of impressive skills, balances and dynamic moves.  Your role is to support and develop these skills for participants to enjoy. You get to work with mixed age groups, both male and female participants, and form exciting partnerships.  

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 knowledge and practical experience through post-course activities.

Delivery Method:

Tutor-led sessions (virtual or face to face), online activities and post-course mentored supporting activities:

Virtual course delivery structure:
Session 1 – 4 hours
Session 2 – 3-4 hours
Session 3 – 3-4 hours
Session 4 – 3-4 hours
Session 5 – Virtual assessment and professional discussion (Logbook and practical video to be submitted 2 weeks before the professional discussion)

Please note to join the course you must do so on a laptop or computer. Unfortunately, mobile devices do not support the platform functionality and you will not be able to fully engage with the course. If a mobile device is your only option, please contact your course organiser as this will affect your ability to take part in the online course.

Face to face delivery structure:
Session 1 – 8 hours
Session 2 – 8 hours
Session 3 – Practical assessment and professional discussion

Do I Need To Bring Participants:

Sessions 1 – 4: You will not require participants for these sessions as they are virtually led by the tutor. You will need to use gymnasts for the post-course activities and when working with your mentor to gain knowledge and experience in your practical sessions.

Session 5 Virtual Assessment – Minimum of three required for the recording of the assessment video. Please ensure one gymnast is able to perform the complete skills in your interim skills matrix box (with or without support).

Do I Need To Find A Mentor:

Your mentor will be someone to help you throughout the post-course activities 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.


BG member price: £295 (£397 for non-BG members).

Virtual course costs include the delivery of virtual sessions and initial virtual assessment; any further virtual 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

 Individual Elements:

  • Forwards roll to straddle sit
  • Forwards roll to straddle stand
  • Backwards roll to straddle stand
  • Forwards roll to stand
  • Backwards roll to stand 
  • Headstand
  • Handstand forwards roll
  • One foot stand
  • Tuck, pike and straddle lever hold
  • Bridge
  • Japana
  • Splits
  • Cartwheel
  • Round-off 

Pair Skills:

  • Handstand supports at low level
  • Stand on knees of base - counter balance facing in the same direction 
  • Stand on knees of base - counter balance facing in the opposite direction
  • Stand on knees of base - partners facing in the same direction
  • Stand on knees of base - partners facing in the opposite direction
  • Stand on hands of base lying - bent arms 
  • Stand on shoulders of base - kneeling 
  • Stand on shoulders - base standing 
  • Supported front angel 
  • Supported back angel 
  • Supported shoulder stand
  • Lifted jump - supported straight jump
  • Lifted jump - forwards roll straight jump
  • Lifted jump - backwards roll straight jump
  • Dive to catch in cradle
  • Paired rolling
  • Leapfrog
  • Assisted cartwheel
  • Pull through to stand on knees 

Assessment Process:

This qualification is assessed in three parts:

  1. Logbook – completed electronically and includes both theoretical and practical delivery tasks. Use of the Skills Matrix boxes is required for Tasks 6,7 (a, b &c) and Task 8. You will require a mentor coach to support you in completion of some tasks. The logbook must be submitted 2 weeks before your professional discussion date.
  2. Practical Video submission - including planning (Task 8) and delivering the highlighted skills in your allocated Skills Matrix box. This will be completed in your own gymnastics’ environment under the supervision of your mentor. The video must be uploaded 2 weeks before your professional discussion date.
  3. Professional Discussion - you will complete a virtual professional discussion with your assessor following submission of your logbook and video to enable self-reflection, feedback, and any subsequent action plans. Your overall assessment result will be provided here.

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 virtual 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 virtual course dates. See the ‘find a course’ page for available virtual courses and dates. This date refers to your professional discussion date, your logbook and practical video must be submitted 2 weeks before this date.

You will be assessed on your ability to:

  • Plan a session for all skills within your allocated skills box, issued six weeks prior to the assessment
  • Deliver the activities and skills presented in bold type 

You need to use at least three participants within your practical video submission.

This Skills Matrix is valid for any assessments linked to courses starting after 1st January 2024. If your course started before 1st January 2024 please use the Skills Matrix available in your academy.

Box 1

Warm-up (5 minutes) 

Platform Preps (10 minutes) 
Supported Handstand (10 minutes) 

Stand on knees (10 minutes) 
Supported Front Angel (10 minutes) 

Forward roll to straddle stand (10 minutes) 

Cool-down (5 minutes) 

Box 2

Warm-up (5 minutes) 

Jump to cradle catch (10 minutes) 
Bases in lunge, stand on knees (10 minutes) 

Leap frog (10 minutes) 
Stand on hands of base lying – bent arms (10 minutes) 

Pike lever (10 minutes) 

Cool-down (5 minutes) 

Box 3

Warm-up (5 minutes) 

2 x Supported jumps (10 minutes) 
Stand on bases shoulders – bases standing (10 minutes) 

Jump to cradle catch (10 minutes) 
Counterbalance on knees (10 minutes) 

Cartwheel (10 minutes) 

Cool-down (5 minutes) 

Box 4

Warm-up (5 minutes) 

Platform preps (10 minutes) 
Supported Handstand (10 minutes) 

Supported Back Angel (10 minutes) 
Cartwheel over dish (10 minutes) 

Japana (10 minutes) 

Cool-down (5 minutes) 

Download this Skills Matrix

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