At British Gymnastics we want every child's first taste of gymnastics to be a positive one. That's why we have created the Partner School Programme with teachers in mind, to enable delivery of high-quality gymnastics sessions within schools.
Gymnastics is a foundation sport that develops key physical competencies such as postural control, coordination, the ability to jump and land safely, as well as strength, flexibilty and balance. The sport also enables participants to gain key social experiences such as exploring their creativity amongst their peers.
British Gymnastics Partner School Programme has two packages available:
As a Partner School, free of charge you will have access to:
As a Premium Partner School, for £50 per academic year you will have access to all of the above, as well as:
The Key Step Gymnastics competition resource has been put together in response to numerous requests for a competition framework for ‘grass-roots' development in Primary schools.
Although it is designed as a toolkit for Partnerships the Key Step pack is suitable for use in individual schools, leisure centres, gymnastic clubs and district/county associations.
Although the pack is foremostly a competition resource, teachers report that information from the pack e.g. example routines, the supporting DVD and advice about individual skills progressions, has helped to enhance curricular PE lessons.
Key Step - The Gymnastics
There are 3 gymnastic areas, known as ‘disciplines' in Key Step. These are floor, vault and body management.
For each ‘discipline' there are 3 levels of routines (explained below).
Key Step - Ability Levels
There are 3 levels of routines within each discipline (Floor, Vault and Body Management). Key Step 1 is aimed at complete beginners. Each subsequent level involves progressively more advanced skills.
The age-related advice below should be considered as a loose guidance. Pupils should progress through the levels according to their ability; Newcomers to gymnastics should start at Key Step 1.
Key Step - The Pack
The pack includes...
Key Step - Getting Started
You can order a Key Step pack by contacting
0845 1297 129 option 4 - British Gymnastics, Ford Hall, Lilleshall National Sports Centre, Newport, Shropshire, TF10 9NB.
Or online at the British Gymnastics Online Shop
If you are going to begin using Key Step during your school lessons or club, or if you are going to set up a competition you may find it useful to talk to;
Key Step - Running a cluster Key Step gymnastics competition
When running your competition please consider the following
· Establish which levels of Key Steps competition will be offered and for which age group
· Approximate number of entries
· Festival or Competition
· Number of children to a team
· Venue and available space
When you have agreed the above, produce a draft schedule. The draft schedule should include 3 stations (floor, vault and body management)
If you wish to reduce the time it would take to run a festival it is possible to incorporate just the Body Management routines alongside the Vault, or the Floor Skills routine with the vault for competition at KS1.
Key Step - Example Schedules
For example schedules for a key step competion - click here
Key Step - Judging
A Key Step judging course has been developed to support the competitions. The course lasts 3 hours and is suitable for candidates with little or no gymnastic or judging experience. The course aims to; -
The course is suitable for candidates aged 13yrs+ and is an excellent option for young leaders and young volunteers.
Key Steps - Competitions
It is estimated that between thirty and forty five thousand children in England took part in the 460 Key Step competitions and festivals in the 2009/10 academic year. Many children will have been involved in more than one event if they were able to follow the pathway to Level 3 (See pathway diagram below).
The challenge now must be to sustain and develop the competition framework to ensure a significant number of these young people can perform at the next level. For floor and vault gymnastics this opportunity is already available through the British Schools Gymnastics Association (BSGA) competition programme.
Floor and Vault competition Pathway
Key Step 1
Floor, Vault and Body Management for Years 1 & 2
(Age related but local flexibility)
Key Step 2
Floor, Vault and Body Management for Years 3 & 4
(Age related but local flexibility)
Key Step 3
Floor, Vault and Body Management for Years 5 & 6
(Age related but local flexibility)
BSGA Floor and Vault Competition for Years 4 to 13 at County, Regional and National Level
Some things you should know about the BSGA Floor and Vault Competition - Key Step 4
Wouldn’t it be great if you could get rid of those old, smelly and tatty gymnastics mats in your school hall? How about a new set of ribbons and balls for the kids to try their hand at Rhythmic Gymnastics? Don’t wait for the Local Authority to give you the money; we’ve compiled a list of available funding pots available for you to access and key tips to help you apply.
Writing a successful funding application is like a good recipe – it depends on a few excellent ingredients coming together well. Finding the right funder; filling out the application properly; and providing all the necessary information required are the three key ingredients to a successful bid.
Helpful tips for completing a successful funding application
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There are a wide variety of competitive opportunities available for school-aged children of all abilities:
1. Key Step - for Primary Schools
There are three gymnastics disciplines in Key Step with three levels of ability in each. These are:
To prepare your pupils for a Key Step competition and/or to host an event, all you need is basic equipment such as floor mats, a springboard, a bench and a box top/trestle table.
Register as a British Gymnastics Partner School and you’ll have access to our resources which include coaching points, judging guidance and a competition pack.
2. Next Steps - for Secondary Schools
There are three gymnastics disciplines in Next Steps with three levels of ability in each. These are:
3. GymChallenge - for Secondary Schools
An alternative way to keep pupils active, GymChallenge introduces gymnastics skills with a twist. Participants are not marked on technical excellence, GymChallenge is focused on fun and fitness and participants are not marked on technical excellence. All abilities can experience the thrill of a team competition without the pressure and with no requirements for specialist equipment. By joining the British Gymnastics Partner School Programme you will have access to our GymChallenge resource pack which includes the challenge cards, scoresheets, and certificates as well as a delivery guide.
The British Schools Gymnastics Association (BSGA) promotes participation in, and the development of gymnastics in UK schools. It embraces all gymnastics disciplines and is fully inclusive of able bodied children and those with disabilities.
The BSGA offers alternative competition pathways for novice and intermediate gymnasts whilst also encouraging elite performers to excel in their disciplines at the same events.
Head to their website to find out more.
School Games Pathway
Level 1 intra-school: An in-house competition just for your school.
Level 2 inter-school: A team of pupils represent your school at an inter-school event.
Level 3 - county level: Qualifying teams from level 2 are invited to compete at county level in Key Step and GymChallenge. They both follow the level 2 competition formats.