Who is this Aimed at:
Level 3 (or equivalent) coaches who are supporting gymnasts working towards more advanced competitions.
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.
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:
- Acrobatic Gymnastics - Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Gymnastics - Club Coach
- Acrobatic Gymnastics - UKCC Level 3 Coach
- Acrobatic Gymnastics - Club Coach
- Acrobatic Gymnastics - Adv/Grade 3
- Acrobatic Gymnastics - Area/County/Grade 2
- Acrobatic Gymnastics - Class 3
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- Practical – including planning and delivering a practical session including the skills from the skills matrix.
- Theory – including sport specific and common core written papers (1 ½ 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:
- You have up to 2 years from day 1 of the course to arrange and complete your assessment.
Learners to select one skill from each of the categories below and create a plan which develops all selected skills (15-20 minutes per skill). The plan must give details of the prerequisites of the skill, carefully selected progressions, and the specific physical training and preparation which would be needed by the gymnasts to perform the skill. The appropriate use of support and apparatus during the learning phases should also be indicated.
On the assessment day the learner must bring a minimum of 1 x pair and 1 x group to the assessment, and their planning for all pre-selected skills. The learner and assessor will have a Professional Discussion prior to the assessment to establish which three skills from the plans will be delivered in the assessment. Assessors will pick skills from the learner’s plan based on the partnerships brought to assessment. The learner must ensure the gymnasts/partnerships are physically prepared to demonstrate the skills selected and planned for, and a copy of the session plans must be handed to the assessor at the start of the assessment.
In the assessment the learner must:
- Carry out a specific warm up with all gymnasts (10 minutes maximum)
- Coach the three skills agreed through the Professional Discussion, in accordance to the pre-prepared session plans (45-50 minutes maximum)
- Carry out an appropriate cool down for all the gymnasts (5 minutes maximum)
- Dismiss the gymnasts in an appropriate manner
The assessment debrief and outcome will be conducted after the practical assessment.
Download this Skills Matrix
360° twisting straight somersault to knee
Backward walkover ½ turn forward walkover
One hand flick
Free cartwheel to a variety of finish positions or another skill
360° twisting straight somersault to split
Flick to a variety of finish positions (incl. chest roll)
Headspring to straddle sit
Pairs – Balance
Two on one handstand on long one arm support of base
One arm handstand on long one arm, or head support of base
One foot supports in long arm
One arm Flag handstand on one long arm or head support
Pairs – Dynamic
360° twisting straight somersault dismount from stand in hands
Foot pitch 2/4 somersault with 180° turn to catch in handstand
5/4 straight somersault to wrap from stand in hands
Double pike somersault from pitch or stand in hands
Women’s Group – Balance
Bridge on bridge – Long arm support
Dead ant: Base lying supporting middle, top balancing on feet of middle
Women’s Group – Dynamic
4/4 somersault to catch in splits on shoulders of bases
Double somersault dismount
Men’s Group – Balance
Support with bases in splits, middle on shoulders of bases and top in short arm handstand
Bases standing, middle on shoulders of bases and top in any position on either long arm handstand, or one arm short arm, or 1 arm on head
Men’s Group – Dynamic
Three-man pitched dismount from platform to 8/4 tuck somersault and to re-catch on platform
Two-man platform with 3rd base standing and top in hands of 3rd base, pitch to dismount and to re-catch
Download the relevant sample paper for this qualification below.