Gymnastics keeps you fit and active.
The best gymnasts move with incredible strength, control and flexibility. Which means they can perform amazing jumps, tricks, balances and holds.
Most people don’t know it, but gymnastics isn’t just one sport. It’s a whole range of different types (or ‘disciplines’, as you’ll often hear them called).
You’ve probably seen some of these types on TV on shows like BBC Tumble and ITV Britain’s Got Talent, through famous performers like Spelbound and Cirque de Soleil, or during the Olympics and Commonwealth Games.
Whether it’s trampoline gymnasts performing aerial somersaults, men’s artistic gymnasts hanging on the rings, or teams of acrobatic performers standing on their partners’ shoulders, you’ll know gymnastics is a spectacular sport to watch. And it’s even better taking part.
Is it easy to learn?
You probably already do some basic gymnastics at the moment. Whether that’s bouncing on a trampoline, doing cartwheels, hanging from bars or stretching. Of course, there’s a lot more to it than that. But if you decide to learn, you’ll be supported every step of the way by expert coaches.
Why is it so popular?
Some people do gymnastics just to improve their physical condition. Others enjoy competing in regional, national and international competitions. But by far the biggest reason is the fun factor. There’s always a great atmosphere when people are practicing and training together. And learning how to do somersaults, flips and tricks just feels good.
Who’s it for?
One great thing about the sport is there’s a type of gymnastics to suit every age, ability, fitness level and personality. From toddlers learning motor skills to teens, keen to learn cool new moves, to adults looking for a fresh way to workout, everyone can get a kick out of learning new physical skills.
Your first steps
Getting involved in gymnastics couldn’t be easier. You don’t need any special equipment, just your body and a desire to learn. You’ll find there are clubs in almost every town and city across Britain, running sessions for every age and ability. So why not check out our Club Finder and get in touch with your local club today?
Gymnastics is a safe, fun and challenging sport that offers movement opportunities for people of all ages and abilities. Providing participation across nine different disciplines, gymnastics has something for everyone:-
Gymnastics for All – the right place to start
Based on the notion that gymnastics is a sport for everybody, Gymnastics for All is the flagship discipline of the sport. Offering a variety of activities, programmes, events and competitions suitable for all genders, age groups and abilities, Gymnastics for All contributes to personal health, fitness and well-being.
The focus of Gymnastics for All activities is Fun, Fitness, Friendship and Fundamentals, involving
Gymnastics for All begins with movement programmes for pre-school children and progresses through to recreational gymnastics taught in clubs and leisure centres across the UK. Children are encouraged to learn and experience a variety of basic movement patterns across the range of gymnastics disciplines. By exposing children to movement and skills involved in all disciplines, they can quickly find their feet, choose to specialise in one discipline or transition to another as their preferences change.
An increasing number of clubs and leisure centres across the UK are specialising in Gymnastics for All, providing opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to take part in festivals and performances under the GymFusion brand.
GymFusion is British Gymnastics national Festivals programme. It offers the opportunity for teams of gymnasts to perform in a show style, non-competitive event where the emphasis is on fun and friendship. It offers a fantastic experience for both gymnasts and spectators alike by capturing the ethos of Gymnastics for All; the bringing together gymnasts of all ages, genders and abilities, to enjoy the diverse range of physical activities offered by the sport.
Gymnastics for All also provides opportunities for international representation. Every four years the World Gymnaestrada sees in excess of 20,000 Gymnastics for All enthusiasts the world over, come together to perform routines of national and cultural significance in front of adorning fans from all corners of the globe. With age and ability no barriers to participation, the World Gymnaestrada epitomises the philosophy of Gymnastics for All.
And if competition is your thing, then Gymnastics for All also provides opportunities for lifelong participation in the Veterans British Championships or for competitive teams (e.g. World Gym for Life Challenge) to order for older participants to mix it with the best.
Gymnastics for All offers a wide range of movement experiences for participants and spectators while providing the opportunity to focus on fun, fitness, friendship and fundamentals.
What are you waiting for – join a gymnastics club today
British Gymnastics is the national governing body for the sport of gymnastics in the United Kingdom. This status is recognised by Sport England, UK Sport, the British Olympic Association (BOA), European Union of Gymnastics (UEG) and the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG).
Based at the Lilleshall National Sports Centre in Newport, Shropshire, British Gymnastics’ mission is to meet and exceed stakeholder expectations by enabling members, staff and volunteers to build the quality of provision across the UK and ensure that every individual with an interest in or talent for gymnastics can realise their potential.
British Gymnastics encompasses many activities including:-
The responsibilities of British Gymnastics include the provision of participation opportunities across the age spectrum, the development of world-class gymnasts, coaches and clubs, an event and competition calendar to suit all ages and abilities, best practice education and training for coaches, teachers and officials and support for clubs, schools and leisure centres to provide safe, fun and quality gymnastics provision.
More than 350,000 gymnasts, coaches, judges and volunteers are members of British Gymnastics.