Despite being confined to our homes, the gymnastics community has been pulling together to support one another and stay active during this time. Here are some of the ways our clubs, coaches and gymnasts have been keeping busy!
In response to the cancellation of the London Marathon, the organisers of the biggest mass-participation sports events across the country came together to create a new campaign to raise vital funds to help save the UK’s charities. In support of this, many of our gymnasts got involved with their own gymnastics themed challenges such as seeing how many side-to-side jumps they could do in 26 seconds. Some went even further! Prime Acrobatics created their own ‘Acrobatic Alphabet’ where they set a different gymnastics based activity for each later of the alphabet!
Create to donate
Thanks to the amazing creativity of Great Britain’s senior trampoline squad over £5,000 has been raised for the NHS through their ‘Create to donate’ initiative. Using kit, flags and other items found at home, the team created inspiring still action shots, resembling moments from their trampolining experience and challenged others to do the same. In just a matter of weeks the team smashed their initial target and word has spread across the wider sporting community with people from in and out of gymnastics taking part in the challenge.
The GBR Aerobic coaching team brought 180 gymnasts together on a Zoom call on the first weekend in May, participating in a mass performance to also help raise money for the NHS. Their brilliant efforts helped to raise £2,500.
Sessions and challenges at home
The lockdown has not stopped our clubs staying engaged with their gymnasts. Many have used video apps such as Zoom to do live sessions whilst others have been setting challenges and activities for participants to try at home.
*If you are involved in a club and would like some support with activities, we have a dedicated section on our coronavirus support page where you can download Core Proficiency wall charts as well as FUNdamental, Jump into Gymnastics and GymFit activity cards. See more
As well as staying physically active, many clubs and gymnasts have been getting creative in other ways by colouring some of their favourite gymnasts, doing puzzles and even doing baking! Ilkley Gymnastics Club made some tasty looking gingerbread gymnasts – almost too good to eat! Meanwhile, one of the coaches from HPL Gymnastics Club has been keeping her members entertained by making Disney themed songs about gymnastics.
Supporting those on the frontline
We all continue to be inspired and humbled by our amazing NHS workers who are going above and beyond to save lives. As well as fundraising we have been proud to hear about the efforts many have gone to, to support the NHS. Catleaps Gymnastics Club have been making scrubs for their local hospital whilst Deeside Gymnastics Club packed up the equipment in their gym before lockdown and made their facility into an overflow hospital. We have also heard from a young gymnast called Peter from Gemini Gymnastics Club who has been supporting the NHS by making 3D visors. A tremendous effort by all!
Last Friday we launched #PresentForPounds, a new fundraising initiative for NHS Charities Together. A present is a signal that shows you are proud to be a gymnast and during this difficult time, we want to show how proud we are of the incredible efforts of our National Health Service and the frontline staff who are making sacrifices every day.
Visit our JustGiving page to find out more.