Clubs are central to participation in gymnastics, the delivery unit for the sport. Clubs play a vital role in both providing opportunities to participate and raising performance levels. Clubs need therefore to be welcoming and accessible, have access to appropriate facilities, a range of coaching opportunities, and be part of a wider network to provide opportunities for participants at all levels of the pathway.
Gymnastics clubs range from large, dedicated, multi-disciplinary, facility owning, team based organisations to those centred around an individual coach reliant on a local centre for one or two hours a week, using their dining room as the club office. Supporting clubs to become sustainable, safe and effective providers of quality gymnastics is a key aim for us, coupled with the need to expand capacity to meet the ever increasing demand for the sport.
British Gymnastics has developed a club development strategy to highlight the priority areas for the growth and expansion of gymnastics clubs and environments for gymnastics participants. The following aims are priorities for British Gymnastics club development:
• Further develop the club network to deliver the gymnast pathway
• Improve the quality of provision in gymnastics clubs
• Increase the number of and capacity of places to participate
British Gymnastics cannot use a standardised approach to assisting our clubs, due to their diversity, and dynamics. Within these web pages you will find information to support the various elements of club development.