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Frequently asked questions

It may still be worth contacting the school, to see if they can help you by supplying extra training time at the school site, or encouraging teachers to become involved in running a satellite club to your club and getting qualified to coach gymnastics.

Make sure that your development plan is relevant to your club and the situation you are currently facing. As some of your development objectives are met it may be appropriate to change and update them. 

Contact your regional/county gymnastics development officer or home country development team, who should be able to broker the links for you. 
(In England this should be through the school sport partnership development managers (PDMs) in the first instance. PDMs work with a network of school sport co-ordinators based at the secondary schools and primary link teachers at each primary school. It is part of their job role to link with clubs in the community.)
There are a number of factors to consider when making recommendations with regard to the ratio of participants to coach or teach. These may include the age and development of the participants, level and type of activity, experience of the participants and qualification and experience of the coach, type of facility and equipment available. The coach in charge must always make a risk assessment of each situation and must determine a ratio that is reasonable, safe and effective.

There should always be a minimum of two responsible adults in the gymnasium, one of whom must be an appropriately qualified coach: the second adult must not be one of the participating gymnasts. 

Please refer to the British Gymnastics Health, Safety & Welfare Policy for further clarification (available on the BG website under Ethics & Welfare –downloads).

You may feel it appropriate to involve parents, as they have a wealth of skills and  experience to add to the club, creating more stable, long-term sustainability. Roles could include promotion tasks, legal advice, stewarding at events/competitions, event organisation etc.

However, if your club runs as a business with paid professional staff, you may not need the extra pair of hands. Ensure that your development plan fits the needs and aspirations of your club and only involve parents/guardians if they have a role to play.

Yes, even though you operate as one club, it is your duty to ensure that every piece of equipment used by the club, regardless of where it is stored or used, is checked and safe for use. There may be differing circumstances and procedures depending on the type of the facilities your club uses. Please check with the manager of each facility.