Gymnastics is an inclusive sport. At British Gymnastics we support gymnastics deliverers to offer high quality gymnastics to everyone, regardless of; ability, gender, age, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation. We provide tools, information and resources to coaches to enable them to create positive experiences for all, ensuring that everyone can participate in gymnastics.
How can we support you?
Recent research has shown that most coaches lack in confidence when coaching participants with a disability. To specifically support coaches to increase their confidence, we have created a set of resources that provide useful information on how to establish or develop an inclusive gymnastics programme.
In addition to these resources, we also offer support to any clubs that are wishing to establish or develop their Disability Gymnastics programme through our dedicated Inclusion Team.
If you are interested in growing your disability programme, please complete the document Support Request Form (393 KB) and a member of our team will be in touch.
You can view the results of the insight conducted in 2018 by clicking here.
Inclusion Courses, Resources and Support Tools
To support coaches to improve their confidence to deliver inclusive gymnastics and to therefore provide more opportunities for disabled participants to access gymnastics we have created some exciting resources and support tools:
Disability Awareness Module – This is a one-day CPD course which aims to give coaches the confidence to support disabled participants within their sessions. Coaches will develop skills during this course which are applicable across all gymnastics disciplines. This course is not a requirement to work with Disabled participants, however it will upskill you with up to date information, coaching ides and session planning techniques to make your sessions as inclusive as possible. The course is open to anyone who has completed a British Gymnastics recognised course.
Inclusion Workshops – A calendar of Inclusion Workshops is organised annually. British Gymnastics works in partnership with national disability sports organisations and other external organisations to utilise their expertise covering specific impairment considerations.
The STEP Model
The Activity Inclusion Model
E-learning and resources
document Support request form (393 KB)
FAQ Support Document for clubs
FAQ Support Document for leisure centres
FAQ Support Document for official delivery partners
Club equality policy template
Gymnastics specific equality act guidance
How to word an inclusive statement
Additional needs information request
Inclusive actions for staff role descriptions
Participant satisfaction questionnaire
Disability gymnastics equipment
British Sign Language videos:
In partnership with UK Deaf Sport, we have created our ‘British Sign Language’ resource, a range of gymnastics communications videos that cover a range of skills, equipment and generic signs which will support coaches working with participants who have a hearing impairment. Enrol on this course to access our full range of videos via the Academy.
An opportunity has been created for gymnastics deliverers who have a high level of knowledge and experience in coaching disability gymnastics. This opportunity has been designed to facilitate the sharing of the knowledge and provide support to Clubs, Leisure Centres and Delivery Partners who are keen to establish or develop their disability gymnastics programme. The chosen Inclusion Specialists will receive additional support and training from British Gymnastics.
Applications to become an Inclusion Specialist are now closed.
Bangor Gymnastics Club - Making your facility accessible for all
Ellen Tinkham School - Building a link with Exeter Gymnastics Club
GymStarz - Adding Disability Gymnastics to your session timetable
Rathgael Gymnastics Club - Small facility changes that make a big difference
Rowan Gymnastics Club - Disability Gymnastics as part of mainstream sessions
Waveney Gymnastics Club - Dedicated Disability Gymnastics sessions
Woodlands School - Working with Leatherhead & Dorking Gymnastics Club
Liam - Multi-sports coach at Stoke Mandeville
If you have any questions, or would like to hear how we might be able to support you to become more inclusive, please email [email protected]
TeamGym has been identified as a focus work area for Gymnastics for All as it contributes to the participation motivations highlighted within the Participant Model for Gymnastics, demonstrating its ability to grow participation through retaining members and reducing drop-out. The development of new participation, display and competitive opportunities for the TeamGym audience will enthuse and motivate the British Gymnastics community to stay engaged and be retained within the sport.
A standardised entry level competition format has been produced, providing relevant and accessible competitive opportunities for all. The rules developed align to the existing national TeamGym competition framework and aim to create regular competitive opportunities at local level.
Level 2 BG coaches with qualifications in GG, MAG, TG, TUM and WAG are all eligible to deliver TeamGym sessions within their clubs and can take gymnasts to the GfA TeamGym L6 and L5 competitions (using only those skills within their syllabi), these can be found by registering for TeamGym as a GfA activity via your clubs' GymNET account.
Please contact [email protected] if you would like to find out more or require support with promoting and organising your GfA TeamGym competition.
If you like the sound of TeamGym please click here to go onto our Discover Gymnastics page where you can search for clubs in your area.