Breathtaking to watch and exciting to perform, gymnastics is one of the most popular sports in Great Britain with an estimated four million people taking part on a regular basis (source ‘Young People in Sport, Trends in Participation, Mori 2002). Performance gymnasts demonstrate amazing skill, exceptional strength and great courage, however Gymnastics is a sport that offers everyone a fun, social and exhilarating activity from babies at 8 weeks old to veterans of 88 years+.
Gymnastics introduces people from a very early age, to the benefits of a healthy life style leading to a huge variety of opportunities of enjoyable and rewarding non-competitive and competitive sport. Taking part in a sport like gymnastics not only gives a huge amount of pleasure to participants but also encourages self-confidence and develops motivated, fit and happy people. Participation in Gymnastics develops body awareness, strength, flexibility, control and co-ordination, which can be drawn upon during other physical activities, sports and in every day life. The diversity of the sport, varying equipment, and a mix of skills and competencies have created a sport that meets the needs of a wide range of participants. For sheer beauty, elegance and sensational displays of strength and courage there are few sports that can match gymnastics. Under the overall description of Gymnastics lie the individual disciplines.
Find out more about the disciplines here:
General Gymnastics (Gymnastics For All - GfA)
Gymnastics and Movement for People with Disabilities (GMPD)