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BRITISH GYMNASTICS COACHING QUALIFICATIONS

While British Gymnastics is responsible for the technical content, most coaching qualifications are administered and issued by First4Sport, a multi-sport awarding body approved by the Qualification and Curriculum Authority (QCA). Although delivered by British Gymnastics tutors, all coaching courses at levels 1 – 3 are in fact 1st4Sport courses.

The current British Gymnastics coaching structure changed in January 2007 and is published as Cycle 6.

The coaching qualifications ladder comprises of a certificated basic coaching award and six levels of coaching qualification. The certificated Award Scheme Coach (ASC) is available in 2 variants – Core & Trampoline, depending on which badge scheme is being worked. Courses delivered at levels 1 – 3 follow a syllabus agreed by BG with the United Kingdom Coaching Certificate (UKCC) organisation. Level 4 - 6 courses follow a BG syllabus.


1.       ASC Coach - To assist in the preparation of participants at foundation level under the DIRECT supervision and guidance of a L2 or higher qualified coach. The minimum age for the ASC course if 14 years.
2.       Level 1 - Assistant Coach - To assist in the preparation of participants at foundation level under the supervision and guidance of a more qualified coach. The minimum age for the ACC course if 16 years.
3.       Level 2 - Coach - Minimum level of qualification required to take responsibility for a class. Must confirm the programme of work with a L3 or higher coach. Minimum age 18 years; can attend the course at age 17.
4.       Level 3 - Club Coach - Minimum level of qualification required to take responsibility for a club. Minimum age 18 years; can attend a course at age 17.
5.       Level 4 - Senior Coach.
6.       Level 5 - High Performance Coach.
7.       International Performance Coach.

Levels 1 – 3 are available in all BG disciplines. Levels 4 – 6 are available in competitive disciplines only. Add-on modules are offered in gymnastics and trampoline. These include:

  • Disability Gymnastics
  • Disability Trampoline
  • Fun 4 Baby


BRITISH GYMNASTICS JUDGING QUALIFICATIONS

The titles, the structure and level of content of the judging awards have been standardised, where possible, across each discipline of the sport. The following is a broad outline of the judging award scheme.

THE STRUCTURE OF JUDGING AWARDS:

In Gymnastics there are four levels of judging in each of the competitive disciplines: Men's Artistic, Women's Artistic, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Acrobatic Gymnastics (Pairs and Groups and Tumbling), Aerobic Gymnastics, Team Gym. Trampoline has 6 levels.

GYMNASTICS:

1.       Club Judge: To judge at Club competitions
2.       Regional Judge: To judge at Regional and County competitions
3.       National Judge: To judge at National competitions
4.       Brevet Judge: To judge at International competitions

Additionally, Floor & Vault judging courses & qualifications are available in General Gymnastics. These have been developed by the British Schools Gymnastics Association (BSGA) and the syllabus is suitable for gymnastics and schools competitions.

TRAMPOLINE:

1.       Club Judge: To judge at Club competitions
2.       County Judge: To judge at Club and County competitions
3.       Regional Judge: To judge at Regional and County competitions
4.       Zonal Judge: To judge at inter-regional competitions
5.       National Judge: To judge at National competitions
6.       Brevet Judge: To judge at International competitions

Double Mini Trampoline judging qualifications are only available at Club Judge, Regional and National Judge levels.

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