We have enjoyed another successful year to mark our 130th anniversary.
With a thriving grassroots scene and success on the global stage, 2018 was a year to remember for everyone involved in the sport.
Across the UK, almost 22,000 gymnasts took part or competed at British Gymnastics events this year with 11,260 medals awarded and 50,000 spectators in attendance.
We continue to grow participation and as well supporting our vital club network, we're working innovatively with new leisure providers to provide more opportunities for more people to take part in the sport. An extra 19,000 weekly places are now available in addition to those offered in our club network. We have also worked to secure over £430,000 partner funding towards club facilities.
With great coaching practice and positive gymnast experiences at the heart of our sport, we welcomed over 10,000 learners across 900 courses in the last financial year, to continue meeting the needs of the community all over the country. In order to create a new generation of gymnasts, a new course has been created, designed for preschool age. Through this new coach education initiative, it is hoped many additional opportunities can be offered to very young children looking to get started and to help meet the demand the sport is experiencing.
Our elite gymnasts won over 60 medals across all disciplines in major international championships. We saw senior World Championship medal success for Max Whitlock MBE in artistic gymnastics and Elliott Browne and Shanice Davidson in tumbling along with world bronze for acrobatic mens pair Charlie Tate and Adam Upcott.
At junior level, Amelie Morgan rewrote the record books winning five medals at the European Championships, the most won in British history at this event. Amelie followed this with three medals at the Youth Olympic Games where Andrew Stamp also made history becoming our first ever trampoline medal winner.
Millions will get the chance to indulge their passion for the sport following a three-year broadcast deal with BBC Sport agreed earlier this year. The partnership began in March with a peak of 1.4m viewers tuning-in for the Gymnastics World Cup in Birmingham. This fantastic partnership will help grow the sport’s fan base. The BBC also launched ‘Gym Stars’ on CBBC this year, a series shining a spotlight on the next generation of gymnasts, with a second series commissioned for 2019.
The Great British elite stars may have made the headlines for gymnastics in 2018 but it is the tireless work of the community who make gymnastics possible which makes British Gymnastics come to life for people all over the country.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who help gymnasts astonish themselves and others in a safe, inclusive and supportive environment, as well as all who support us.
We believe gymnastics has the power to amaze like no other sport, but it takes all of us to make our sport amazing.