Women's Artistic Senior Club Coach

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Women's Artistic Senior Club Coach

Women's Artistic Senior Club Coach

As a Senior Club Coach in women’s artistic gymnastics you will be able to support participants working towards more advanced competitions. You will learn about the psychological pressures and physical requirements of the participants you are coaching. You will be able to coach participants in dynamic moves, apparatus techniques and choreographic elements.  You will develop the ability to coach participants at junior level National and International competitions. 

You will already hold a complete Level 3 Women’s Artistic Gymnastics qualification.

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Who is this Aimed at:

Level 3 (or equivalent) coaches who are supporting gymnasts working towards more advanced competitions. Coaches must complete an application process to be accepted onto the course.

What To Expect:

This course is a practical and theoretical course. It focuses on the technical aspects of the syllabus skills, how to support progress and how to physically prepare participants for the skills covered within the syllabus. It also explores the underpinning scientific theories and concepts which can be applied to the gymnast’s training and competition environment.

Delivery Method:

The course is delivered by multiple sessions in both the classroom and gym.

The number of course days will vary from course to course; see application stage and course page for further details.

Do I Need To Bring Participants:

You should be able to bring at least one gymnast who (as a minimum) is working towards the skills in the syllabus.

Do I Need To Find A Mentor:

A formal mentor is not required however we suggest you have a network of people who you can learn from as good practice in your Continued Professional Development.

What Resources Are Included:

You will receive Common Core and Sport Specific resource packs, and a Logbook.


This can be found on the specific course page when you move to enrolment.


By the end of the course learners will understand:

  • Technical skills from the syllabus
  • The discipline’s competition structure and the requirements involved at various competitive levels
  • Different Strength and Conditioning concepts relevant to the age and stage of maturation a gymnast goes through
  • Practical Strength and Conditioning strategies
  • The prevention and management of injuries
  • The coaching process, and how to be an effective coach in a Performance setting
  • Application of key sport psychology strategies to holistically support your gymnasts
  • Nutritional advice for gymnasts

Learner must be at least 18 years old on the first day of the course

  • Learner must hold one of the following awards:
  • Womens Artistic - Club Coach AND Club Development - Anti doping education AND Theory - The Coaching Process
  • Womens Artistic - Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Gymnastics - Club Coach AND Theory - The Coaching Process AND Club Development - Anti doping education
  • Womens Artistic - Level 3 Coach Cycle 7 AND Theory - The Coaching Process AND Club Development - Anti doping education
  • Womens Artistic - Level 3 Coach Cycle 6 AND Theory - The Coaching Process AND Club Development - Anti doping education
  • Mens Artistic - Level 5 Certificate In Coaching Gymnastics - High Performance Coach AND Womens Artistic - Level 3 Technical Module 4 - Cycle 7 AND Theory - The Coaching Process AND Club Development - Anti doping education

Common Core Theory:

  • Anti-doping
  • Biomechanics
  • Judging
  • Injury prevention
  • Coaching process
  • Psychology
  • Age and stage of maturation
  • Flexibility training
  • Coaching theory
  • Nutrition

Vault Skills:

  • Handspring forwards somersault tucked, piked and stretched
  • Tsukhara tucked, piked and stretched
  • Yurchenko tucked, piked and stretched

Asymmetric Bar Skills

  • Hop ½ turn
  • Blind change
  • Top change
  • Gienger turn
  • Backwards giant full turn
  • Endo circle to handstand and with ½ turn
  • Stalder circle to handstand and with ½ turn
  • Late 'in' and late 'on' actions for straddle and stoop actions
  • Undershoot ½ turn to catch low bar
  • Clear hecht to catch high bar
  • Stalder or toe on to catch high bar (Mo & Ray)
  • Stretched backwards somersault dismount with 1/1 turn (backaway with 1/1 twist)
  • Stretched forwards somersault dismount with ½ or 1/1 twist (front away)
  • Double backwards somersault dismount tucked or piked
  • Shoot front from toe action

Beam Skills:

  • Round off flic mount
  • Tucked forwards somersault mount
  • Free cartwheel
  • Free walkover
  • Forwards somersault tucked
  • Sideways somersault
  • Flics in a series and flic layout somersault
  • Free walkover flic/forwards somersault korbut (linking forwards and backwards flight elements)
  • Forwards somersault with 1/1 turn dismount
  • Backwards somersault with 1/1 and 1 ½ twists dismount from round off or back flic

Tumbling and Floor Work:

  • Whip flic and backwards somersault combinations
  • Double backwards somersault tucked or piked
  • Backwards somersault stretched with 1½ 2/1 and 2 ½ twist

Advanced Combination Tumbles:

  • Round off flic backwards somersault 1½ twist step out, to punch front to flyspring
  • Forwards somersault stretched with 1/1 and 1½ twist
  • Consecutive forwards somersaults in combination, tucked and stretched
  • Handspring, forwards  somersault with 1/1 twist, flyspring

Dance Elements for Beam and Floor:

  • Change leg ring leap
  • Sheep jump
  • Illusion turns
  • 3/1 spin and spin with free leg above  the horizontal
  • 2/1 leg held in forwards upward split

Assessment Method:

  • Practical – including planning and delivering a practical session including the skills from the skills matrix.
  • Theory – including sport specific and common core written papers (2 hours per paper).
  • Logbook – including a range of tasks relating to both practical and theory aspects of the course.

Acro only: learners are required to bring the current Code of Points with them to the assessment for the Sports Specific theory paper.

How Long Until I Am Fully Qualified:

  • On sign-off of the course assessments you will receive a British Gymnastics Senior Club Coach certificate and be eligible to coach the skills covered within the syllabus.

When Is My Assessment:

    Regular theory and assessment opportunities will be provided throughout the calendar year and candidates must book onto these opportunities within the 2 year registration period. If you are unable to attend these please contact your course organiser. Any assessment organised without the consent from British Gymnastics will not be valid.

  • Coach required to choose four skills, one from each heading
  • Coach to prepare plans to develop and deliver these four skills during the practical assessment
  • The assessor will pick three of the four skills to be delivered during the assessment
  • The assessor may require the fourth skill to be delivered if required
  • Each skill must last for 20 minutes


Round off flic 2/1 twisting stretched backwards somersault
Round off whip somersault combination
Round off flic double backwards somersault tucked
Forwards somersault stretched with 1/1 twist
Handspring, forwards somersault with 1/1 twist


Handspring forwards somersault
Tsukahara tucked or stretched
Yurchenko tucked or stretched


Giant circle into blind change
Stalder circle on high bar with ½ turn
Back away stretched with 1/1 twist
Front away with stretched body
Undershoot ½ turn to catch low bar
Mo (stalder or toe on to catch high bar)


Flic, layout somersault
Flip, korbut flic
Free walkover
Sideways somersault
Round off 1/1 twisting backwards somersault stretched dismount
Round off flic mount
Forwards somersault stretched dismount with 1/1 turn

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