Olympics inspire surge in participation interest - British Gymnastics

Olympics inspire surge in participation interest

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More people than ever want to get started in gymnastics.

The historical success of British gymnasts at The Games has triggered enormous interest from the public wanting to get involved. Compared to the same period last year visits to our website www.DiscoverGymnastics.uk, is up a staggering 380%, with 68k visits in just 13 days!

There are huge spikes in interest in the Olympic disciplines but interest is up right across the spectrum of activities. Fresh off the back of Bryony Page’s performance of a lifetime in the trampoline finals, people looking to discover trampoline gymnastics has increased by an astonishing 511% (from the same period last year). Whilst the interest in adult gymnastics is up an incredible 838%. 

Participation Director at British Gymnastics, David Marshall:
“It’s fantastic to see so many people wanting to get into gymnastics and great to see it’s not only the younger generation but the appeal is right across the board. Gymnastics is so much fun and has opportunities for everybody, regardless of age, gender, ability, or ambition. Our desire is of course to capitalise on The Olympic Games and we’ve been planning for this uplift for some time. We saw significant rise in participation following London with membership up 100,000 in four years and there are now 1.1 million people taking part in gymnastics, with 327,000 holding British Gymnastics membership. Our challenge but opportunity is how we can try to meet the enormous demand inspired by the Olympic Games. We are well placed to do this with a new, easy-to-implement, recreational gymnastics offer and complimentary coaching qualification. Our goal is to make it easier than ever for providers to deliver recreational gymnastics."

During The Games, gymnastics also ignited the passion of TV audiences, with 22.2 million watching the BBC coverage on Sunday with a 10.4milllion peak for Max Whitlock’s second gold medal.

British Gymnastics CEO, Jane Allen, said:
“The surge in interest has clearly been driven by the inspirational performances of the athletes and success of our British gymnasts which have been viewed by millions thanks to the BBC. We remain committed to continuing to meet the increased participation demands as well as entertaining new legions of gymnastics fans with live events staged in the UK”.

Our men’s and women’s artistic British Championships will certainly be a hot ticket with our gymnastics heroes returning and competing on home soil. The journey to Tokyo 2020 will in many ways start here. There are more exciting events to come in 2017, an exciting World Cup with international stars from Rio and our Trampoline British Championships which will certainly give our Rio stars a hero’s welcome. There are many other opportunities throughout the year to see gymnastics live. Our newsletter, Facebook and Twitter accounts will keep you up do date. (hyperlink)

Find out more about the 2017 Gymnastics British Championships in March
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