At the beginning of the year, Alastair Marks began his role as Interim CEO of British Gymnastics. Following encouraging news from Government for clubs in England last week, Alastair wanted to take this opportunity to provide an update on the return of gymnastics.
The video update and content below aims to gives an overview on what we’ve been doing since the turn of the year to try and get the sport back up and running, as well as outlining our focus and commitment to working together over the coming months and beyond, to drive positive change for the sport.
Lobbying to support clubs and venues
We understand the difficulties facing gymnastics clubs and venues across Britain right now due to the Coronavirus pandemic. We are continuing to lobby government to highlight the vital role gymnastics plays in the community and to raise awareness of the financial challenges gymnastics providers are facing to try and secure additional support and funding, that will help see them through the months ahead.
As a result, we are doing all we can to get our courses, resources and assessments online to help remove the backlog. We’ll be publishing more detail in an update from Kathryn Bonner, our Head of Education, in the coming days.
Working together to drive positive change for the sport
Last week safeguarding practices in our sport were brought into question again. To be very clear, we believe there is absolutely no place for any form of abuse in our sport and we stand behind anybody who is willing to call it out.
What is very clear however, is that we all need to work together to ensure that we create the best possible environment for our venues, for our coaches, for our volunteers and gymnasts to experience gymnastics in the best way possible. It is clear we can also only create warm, safe and welcoming environments together, and we look forward to working with all of you in creating that environment.