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Gymnastics Helper

Gymnastics Helper

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After completion of this one-day course, you will be able to assist in the delivery of a gymnastics session. You will understand what makes a great Helper and how you can assist your Lead Coach in delivering safe, fun and participant-centred gymnastics sessions.

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Who is this Aimed at:

This is an introductory course aimed at anyone interested in learning more about how to effectively help in a gymnastics session. This course is ideal for older participants, parents, and volunteers, and will provide you with the key skills needed to help your Lead Coach run effective and participant-centred sessions. Completion of this course will allow you to help across a variety of recreational contexts, in clubs, schools or leisure centre facilities, with all ages from preschool to adults, including disabled participants.

Pre Requisites:

Learners must be at least 13 years old on the first day of the course.

What To Expect:

This course is designed to give you an awareness of different gymnastics disciplines and the fantastic opportunities gymnastics has to offer. 

The course is made up of various online learning resources and a practical day:

Practical day: You will learn what makes a great Helper; including the key skills of a Helper and how to safely develop the gymnastics skills on your syllabus. There will be group-based activities, discussions and reflections, and lots of time dedicated to getting hands on experience, to help you feel confident in your role.

Throughout the day you will work with your peers developing your participant-centred approach to helping and practising manual supporting techniques with each other.

eLearning: You will have access to eLearning modules that explore the role of a Helper, how you may be used within a session, the key people you may work with as a Helper and Duty of Care. Completion of this eLearning is not compulsory, but we highly recommend you engage with this, as you will be expected to demonstrate the skills and responsibilities covered when working at your club or facility.

Please note: This course covers elements of Duty of Care, safeguarding and welfare, bullying and poor practice, relevant to the role of a Helper. For some of our younger learners this may be the first time they have encountered these topics, therefore an adult may want to supervise and support the completion of this module.

Discipline specific resources: To support the safe development of gymnastics skills from your syllabus, you will be provided with a Syllabus Pack on course, and access to apparatus videos via BG Academy.

This is a one-day training course and therefore it is expected that learners will continue to engage in developmental activities once they return to their club or facility.

Delivery Method:

1-day practical course with non-compulsory eLearning and discipline specific resources.


Practical day: 8 hours 

eLearning: 2 hours (approx.) 

Do I Need To Bring Participants:

You do not need to bring participants with you to be course demonstrators.

If physically able you will be expected to join in during the practical parts of the course and act as a demonstrator for your peers.

Please come dressed prepared to participate in physical activity. We recommend sports attire; no crop tops or hoodies, jewellery should be removed, and long hair tied up.  Please ensure you bring socks for working on rebound equipment.

Do I Need To Find A Mentor:

No mentor is required.

What Resources Are Included:

  • Handbook & Activity Pack
  • Syllabus Pack
  • Apparatus videos
  • eLearning modules


Member price £87 

Non-member price £115

How Will I Be Assessed:

There is no formal assessment, however you must attend the whole practical day.

How Long Before I Get Qualified:

Once you have completed the practical course.


By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the roles and responsibilities a Helper might have during a session.
  • Understand how the effective use of the key skills and qualities of a Helper can positively influence a participant’s enjoyment and development.
  • Demonstrate basic technical knowledge relevant to your syllabus, to support the development of participants.
  • Understand the importance of continually developing your technical knowledge and working with other coaches and instructors.
  • Recognise your role in maintaining a safe environment.
  • Understand the importance of raising concerns regarding health, safety, safeguarding or welfare.
  • Explain your syllabus and any regulations regarding your accreditation.

Floor-based activity:

- Locomotion (e.g. walking, running, skipping, hopping)
- Shapes (e.g. straight, tuck, pike, straddle)
- Positions (e.g. dish, arch, landing, shoulder stand)
- Supports (e.g. front, back, pike and straddle lever)
- Balances (e.g.stork, Y-balance, arabesque)
- Jumps and leaps (e.g. jump 1/1/ turn, straddle jump, split leap)
- Bridge
- Rolling (e.g. log roll, forward roll, backward roll)
- Weight on hands (e.g. headstand, handstand, cartwheel)


- Hurdle step
- Squat on and straddle on
- Floor-based methodicals to develop squat through and straddle over
- Floor-based methodicals to develop handspring flatback

Climbing and hanging apparatus (e.g. bars, p-bars, wall bars and ropes):

- Working under the bar (e.g. hanging in shapes, moving in hang)
- Working around and above the bar low bar only (e.g. circle up, cast, circle down, moving in support)

Balance apparatus (e.g. benches and beams):

- Mounting (e.g. stepping on, climbing on)
- Balances (from floor syllabus)
- Locomotion (e.g. dip steps and kicks)
- Jumps and leaps (from floor syllabus)
- Weight on hands (participant hip height only)
- Dismounting (jumps from the syllabus)


- Jumping (e.g. straight, tuck, star, straddle, pike, ½ twist, full twist)
- Seat landing (e.g. seat landing to feet, seat landing half twist to seat landing)

Other rebound equipment:

- Use of springboard
- Use of trampette
- Use of fast track or air track

Hand apparatus:

- Use of balls
- Use of bean bags
- Use of hoops
- Use of ribbons
- Use of ropes

Group work:

- Low-level balances and counterbalances

Syllabus Regulations overview:

- When combining movements with hand apparatus the skill should still be performed as per the syllabus e.g. no free rolls or one-armed cartwheel.
- Gymnastics Helpers can only deliver floor-based methodicals for squat through, straddle over and handspring flatback.
- Gymnastics Helpers are not permitted to deliver any skills which require a change of bar (e.g. from low bar to high bar) or swinging on a low or high bar.
- Gymnastics Helpers may only stand on the floor by the trampoline and should not stand on the trampoline bed to ride or rock the bed or provide manual support.
- Front and back landings, along with any methodicals used in the teaching of these skills, are not included in the Gymnastics Helper syllabus
- Helpers are not permitted to put out or dismantle a trampoline unless assisting the Lead Coach/qualified member of staff.


There is no formal assessment, however you must attend the whole practical day.

Find Gymnastics Helper courses near you


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

16 Jun 2024
Cheltenham & Gloucester Gymnastics Club,Gloucester
16 Jun 2024
Bracknell Gymnastics Club,Bracknell
23 Jun 2024
Erewash Valley Gym Club (Ilkeston),Ilkeston
23 Jun 2024
Crewe & Nantwich Gymnastics Club,Crewe
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