The English Gymnastics Association Limited (EGA) was originally formed in 1982 by the English Regions, to ensure that England was represented in the Commonwealth Games and other International events. English Gymnastics is recognised by Commonwealth Games England and affiliated to the Commonwealth Gymnastics Federation, along with Scottish Gymnastics, Welsh Gymnastics and Gymnastics Northern Ireland all being recognised by the Commonwealth Gymnastics Federation too. We have also been instrumental in ensuring that there is an English Championships now which enjoys a major event status in the British Gymnastics calendar in over 5 disciplines.
England competed in the Commonwealth Games in 1978, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014 and in Australia in 2018. England also competed at Commonwealth Championship events in 1982 in Australia and 1986 in Scotland, when gymnastics was not part of the Games.
The political timetable of devolution has affected the way in which sport in the UK is governed and National Governing Bodies of sport have being directed towards a federal system of governance.
The British Gymnastics Board approved in 2005 that, in line with the UK Sport and PMP Review, an England Home Country Governing Body (incorporating the ten English Regions and the English Schools Gymnastics Association), be officially recognised and affiliated to British Gymnastics.
The EGA maintain existing programmes, including Commonwealth Games, English Championships, England National Squads and International Competitions.
The Chair of each English Region and the English Schools Gymnastics Association has a seat on the Board of the English Gymnastics Association Limited and Technical Panels are appointed to advise on team selection for events. The EGA is the official voice for the ten English Regions and there is a Director (nominated by England) on the BG Board of Directors.
Currently, only the ten English Regions and the English Schools Gymnastics Association are Affiliated members of the EGA.
Breathtaking to watch and exciting to perform, Gymnastics is one of the most popular sports in Great Britain, with an estimated four million people taking part on a regular basis (source 'Young People in Sport, Trends in Participation' - Mori 2002). Performance gymnasts demonstrate amazing skill, exceptional strength and great courage. However, Gymnastics is a sport that offers everyone a fun, social and exhilarating activity, from babies at 8 weeks old to veterans of 88+ years.
Gymnastics introduces people from a very early age, to the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, leading to a huge variety of opportunities of enjoyable and rewarding non-competitive and competitive sport. Taking part in a sport like Gymnastics, not only gives a huge amount of pleasure to participants, but also encourages self-confidence and develops motivated, fit and happy people. Participation in Gymnastics develops body awareness, strength, flexibility, control and co-ordination, which can be drawn upon during other physical activities, sports and in every-day life.
The diversity of the sport, varying equipment and a mix of skills and competencies, have created a sport that meets the needs of a wide range of participants. For sheer beauty, elegance and sensational displays of strength and courage, there are few sports that can match Gymnastics.
Under the overall description of Gymnastics, lie the individual Disciplines. To read more about each Gymnastic Discipline, please click on the relevant link below:
Women's Artistic Gymnastics
Men's Artistic Gymnastics
Trampoline, Double Mini Tramp (DMT) & Tumbling
Gymnastics for All
ENGLISH GYMNASTICS STRATEGIC PLAN 2018-21
Plan for the Continuing Development of Gymnastics in England
English Gymnastics will provide events and opportunities for our sport within England, together with our members, the English Regions and English Schools.
The English Gymnastics Association (EGA) unites and reflects the common purpose of the Regions and delivers and facilitates opportunities to develop and retain all involved in gymnastics.
English Gymnastics Priority Areas
Create an EGA Joint Technical Committee (JTC) to help develop competitions that provide a meaningful role in the discipline competition pathways.
Support English Teams for the Commonwealth Games and other International competitions.
Sustain and improve English Championships
Develop competitions below English Championships level in partnership with Regions, Counties, British Gymnastics and Clubs.
Develop English Gymnastics for All, School and Disabilities opportunities.
Provide development opportunities for Judges and Officials through England competitions.
Develop, support and maintain new and existing England Squads.
Establish the need for Squad opportunities in other disciplines throught the EGA JTC representatives, working in liaison with the BG Technical Committees, National Coaches and Programme Managers.
Develop clear selection criteria for Squads.
Seek funding and sponsorship for Squads.
Arrange suitable support services for Squad gymnasts.
Promote Squad activity in all media channels.
Send Squads to International competitions for experience.
Communicate EGA activities through maintenance and improvement of the EGA Website.
Utilise social media to promote EGA activity.
Develop promotional material to raise the profile of EGA work.
Communicate to Clubs, parents and partners in England.
Improve Regional influence and lobbying by coming together as one voice.
Improve Governance of EGA and support Regional Governance.
Explore training opportunities for Regions to collectively gain information about topical issues and legislation.
Encourage the Regional Committees to develop an Annual Operational Plan and contribute to the achievement of key, joint objectives.
Share good practice from Region to Region.
A copy of the pdf Strategic Plan (3.66 MB) can be downloaded from here.