MY Leadership Programme is available for you to offer to young people within your clubs.
The MY Leadership Academy Programme is designed to create a structure which young people can follow to help them develop as leaders within gymnastics environments (schools, clubs and leisure centres). The programme encourages leaders to complete five different ‘topic’ areas:
MY Learning: Leaders are tasked with completing a number of different courses, both generic and sport specific.
MY Development: Leaders are tasked with identifying a mentor and learning from working alongside them.
MY Volunteering: Leaders are tasked with volunteering their time at events and meetings.
MY Future: Leaders are tasked with producing a development plan and working towards completing their goals.
MY Projects: Leaders are tasked with identifying appropriate needs, and running a project to add benefits to themselves and their club.
The programme introduces Young Leaders to the various roles and opportunities available within gymnastics, helps them to identify their strengths and the aspects of gymnastics they enjoy and encourages leaders to stay within the sport for longer, creating a larger and stronger workforce for the future.
The programme is specifically targeted at Young Leaders aged 11-17, but is equally open to anyone over the age of 17. The MY Leadership Academy booklet is available free to members of British Gymnastics.
The programme is structured, yet flexible in that it can be adapted to suit the needs of individuals and different environments. There are awards, rewards and recognition available at various stages of completion to encourage the leaders to continue to develop.
If you are interested in setting up a leadership academy to roll out the programme within your club please complete the registration form available on the British Gymnastics website.
"Gymnastics is a foundation sport for all other sports. This is because it develops agility, balance, coordination and speed (the ABC's of athleticism). These physical qualities are inherent in all sports. For this reason, all British children will benefit from exposure to gymnastics during their first eight years. Participating in gymnastics at an early age, children will acquire "physical literacy", which is the foundation for life-long participation in physical activity and for successful performance at the elite level of sport". Dr Istvan Bayli - world renowned expert in Long Term Athlete Development.
Gabby Logan, Television Presenter: "I have a lot to be grateful to gymnastics for, it gave me confidence about my body and what it can do, it kept me strong, flexible and fit and friends who I still count as my closest 20 years on. I was lucky to train at the top end of the sport but gymnastics is for everybody. My brother was a gymnast from 5 until 10 years old and I am sure the flexibility and co-ordination he gained from those years helped him when he changed sport and devoted his time to being a footballer."
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