Fresh from winning team gold and individual bronze with Team England at the Commonwealth Games, Dominick Cunningham has taken time out from training to speak to the future coaches and club managers of our sport.
Dom was invited to speak to our latest cohort of apprentices who are attending their final residential of the year at Lilleshall National Sports Centre, the home of British Gymnastics.
Dom said: "My coaches and my club have played an absolutely massive role all the way through my career so to have the chance to speak to the British Gymnastics apprentices and share my experiences with the next generation of coaches and club managers was really great. Being able to train in a supportive environment is like having a second family and makes a huge difference.
"I wanted to get across how important the gymnast-coach relationship is to any level of gymnast, how it’s important to make sure training includes time to have fun and how the right support team can make a difference during the bad and good times for a gymnast."
During the two-day residential apprentices have enjoyed sessions including a coaching masterclass with a national coach, an in depth look at event planning, working on communication skills and teamwork, and a session on risk assessment training.
Scott is one of our apprentices and enjoyed hearing from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic hopeful: "It was class to hear from him. It’s great to see and hear from GB athletes because I’m aspiring to hopefully coach people like that in the future. I’ve learned from just listening to him that the guys at the elite level are human and they’re not indestructible, that they do have to work hard for everything they get."
Jaycee was also impressed and took plenty away from the experience: "It was really interesting because you never think that you could relate to so much an elite gymnast says. When he was talking about getting people motivated, I never really thought about how kids don’t want to spend three hours in the gym straight training, they want to have fun. I’ll definitely be adapting that approach when coaching."
Applications are now open to be an apprentice for 2018/19. The deadline for all applications is 10th June. Find out more and apply.