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How can I qualify as a coach?

Most people who take up coaching are either interested parents, gymnasts who have an interest in moving into coaching and teachers who are involved with after school clubs etc.But anyone with an interest in gymnastics can train to take a coaching award.

Prior Experience is not needed at Assistant Level although many candidates are at least either doing gymnastics, helping in a Club or are involved in some way in gymnastics. The important thing is to want to help coach and to have an interest in Gymnastics. In most cases, an interest in helping children learn a sport is also essential Above Assistant Level, experience is needed at each lower level before moving on.

Helpers Awards:
If you are unsure about coaching but would like to volunteer to support your local Club this award is designed for you. If you would like further information on this please contact the Regional Development Officer, Katie Lawton or the Regional Coaching Co-ordinator Colin Smith.

Do I need to belong to a club?

Being part of a Club is really important because you can gain the necessary experience in coaching and find a suitable mentor coach. You will need access to gymnastic equipment which is not usually available anywhere else.

What does it cost?

Cost varies depending on the length and level of the course.

How do I find out about courses?

Course information will be circulated to Clubs affiliated to the Region. They will also be included in Regional Newsletters and also on the BG website. If you need a course and there isn't one currently on offer, contact the Regional Coaching Organiser.

Can a course be put on for me?

Courses can not be organised for individuals as there is a minimum number needed for the course to be viable. If there are a group of you who want a course, contact the Coaching Organiser who will try to help.

Do I need to be a member of British Gymnastics?

No. It is not a requirement that you are a member of British Gymnastics before you attend one of their courses. However if you are not a member you will need to provide proof of your own insurance. On some courses you will be asked to take a gymnast with you. That gymnast must be a member of British Gymnastics or have alternative insurnace cover in place.

Other useful information.

Attendance at the whole of the course is necessary before an exam can be taken. You will also need to gain coaching experience so that you can put your new skills into practice.

Each Candidate must have a suitable Mentor Coach who must assist the candidate through the post-course experience period.

For the practical days of the course, you will need to wear suitable clothing such as a track suit and training shoes as there will be a lot of active, coaching experience included during the day. You will also be required to remove all items of jewellery for safety reasons.

Some parts of the course may be based in a 'class room' environment and you will need pens and paper with you for the theory sessions. Some sections of a course may also be delivered 'on-line' through e-learning.

How can young people get into Coaching and Judging?

What do you do if you are thinking of giving up gymnastics and are not sure if you want to take up coaching or judging? Many gymnasts reach 12 or 14 and are not sure if they want to carry on training. Many can make good coaches and judges!
What should you do to find out? Why not ask your coach if you can help out for a while? Or organise a mini-competition for the younger members of your Club and offer to judge?

There is no reason why you should not go on a coaching or judging course when you are younger. There is a Judge Award for those aged 14 years and an Introduction to Coaching Award as well. Some Clubs also run a BG approved Academy for Young Leaders and this includes a whole range or opportunities.

Most coaches going on courses need a gymnast to work with. Why not ask to go on a course as a gymnast/demonstrator to find out what is involved? It is often helpful to have someone to demonstrate basic skills on a judging course too - so volunteer!

Volunteer to help! Coaches, judges and helpers are always required. Find out more in our Volunteer section.
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