Everyone dreams of flying. Trampoline Gymnastics takes you about as close to flying, without the need for a motor. Seen as a reflection of man's desire to defy gravity, early civilisations devised various methods of sending a person into the air, such as using outstretched animal skins to throw them up and safely catch them on their descent. Circuses have used a number of methods to propel performers into the air for a variety of somersaults but it was not until George Nissen invented the trampoline, that the sport took off.
Trampoline Gymnastics is a relative newcomer to the gymnastic family but has a very rich and proud tradition in the UK. It is a spectacular sport that can see a world-class trampolinist reach heights of 10 metres whilst performing multiple somersaults and twists.
As well as being a sport in its own right, Trampoline Gymnastics is widely recognised as a training tool for many other gymnastic disciplines and sports such as diving and freestyle skiing. Trampoline Gymnastics embodies courage and elegance. The sport requires precise technique and perfect body control, leaving with very little margin for error.
Trampoline Gymnastics in the UK, encompasses two very distinct categories of competition; Trampoline (individual or synchronised) and Double Mini Trampoline (DMT).
A typical competition routine on the trampoline is characterised by high, continuous rhythmic feet to feet, to back, front or seat rotational jumping elements, without hesitation or intermediate straight bounces between two elements.
In a synchronised competition, a pair of gymnasts can consist of two women or two men. Pairs must do the same element at the same time and must start facing the same direction.A typical trampoline competition is made up of three routines/rounds: compulsory (a combination of free and compulsory elements), voluntary (free elements of the gymnast’s own choosing) and the final voluntary round. Each routine is made up of 10 skills and must start and finish on the feet.
A typical trampoline competition is made up of three routines/rounds: compulsory (a combination of free and compulsory elements), voluntary (free elements of the gymnast’s own choosing) and the final voluntary round. Each routine is made up of 10 skills and must start and finish on the feet.
You're thundering down the runway, launching into your fifth backflip in a row. For a moment it feels like the whole world is rotating around you. Then it's over. And that's when the crowd goes crazy.
Tumbling is a truly breath-taking type of gymnastics. It's all about somersaults, flips and twists - and linking them together, one right after the other. If you've already got a bit of gymnastics experience, it's easy to get started with tumbling (not to mention a whole lot of fun).
If you already love doing somersaults or cartwheels, you'll find tumbling really easy to get into - whatever age you are. You'll start by learning how it feels to perform simple tricks on a sprung runway. Then, as your technique and confidence grows, you'll learn to perform amazing sequences of flips and twists. If you get a kick out of competing, there are contests for every age group from child to adult. Of course, if you want to tumble just for fun, go for it!
Ready to become a tumbler? Our club provides a safe, friendly environment with professional coaches to help you learn. Gymnastics can be adapted to be inclusive for everyone, regardless of your ability.
One moment, you're hurtling down a runway at top speed. The next, you're launching yourself into the sky. Two huge aerial tricks later, you finally come back to earth. And that's when the adrenaline kicks in.
Double mini trampoline packs a lot of action into a short space of time. Combining explosive power with high-flying stunts, it's an incredible way to develop your strength and co-ordination. Not to mention an awesome way to impress your mates!
However old you are, if you have a little experience with gymnastics, you'll find double mini trampoline really easy to get into. As you're learning, you'll get to grips with the challenge of hitting the trampolines on the run. Then, as your talent and technique develop, you'll start introducing more speed, more height, and more amazing flips and tricks. If you want, you can even wow the crowds at one of our competitions. They're set up for every age range from child to adult. But, of course, you can also do it just for fun and fitness.
Ready to become a double mini trampolinist? Our club provides a safe, friendly environment with professional coaches to help you learn. Gymnastics can be adapted to be inclusive for everyone, regardless of your ability.
Gymnastics for All – the right place to start
Based on the notion that gymnastics is a sport for everybody, Gymnastics for All is the flagship discipline of the sport. Offering a variety of activities, programmes, events and competitions suitable for all genders, age groups and abilities, Gymnastics for All contributes to personal health, fitness and well-being.
The focus of Gymnastics for All activities is Fun, Fitness, Friendship and Fundamentals, involving
- Gymnastics with or without apparatus
- Gymnastics and Dance
Gymnastics for All begins with movement programmes for pre-school children and progresses through to recreational gymnastics taught in clubs, schools and leisure centres across the UK. Children are encouraged to learn and experience a variety of basic movement patterns across the range of gymnastics disciplines. By exposing children to movement and skills involved in all disciplines, they can quickly find their feet, choose to specialise in one discipline or transition to another as their preferences change.
An increasing number of clubs and leisure centres across the UK are specialising in Gymnastics for All, providing opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to take part in festivals and performances under the GymFusion brand.
GymFusion is British Gymnastics national Festivals programme. It offers the opportunity for teams of gymnasts to perform in a show style, non-competitive event where the emphasis is on fun and friendship. It offers a fantastic experience for both gymnasts and spectators alike by capturing the ethos of Gymnastics for All; the bringing together gymnasts of all ages, genders and abilities, to enjoy the diverse range of physical activities offered by the sport.
Gymnastics for All also provides opportunities for international representation. Every four years the World Gymnaestrada sees in excess of 20,000 Gymnastics for All enthusiasts the world over, come together to perform routines of national and cultural significance in front of adorning fans from all corners of the globe. With age and ability no barriers to participation, the World Gymnaestrada epitomises the philosophy of Gymnastics for All.
And if competition is your thing, then Gymnastics for All also provides opportunities for lifelong participation in the British Vets or for competitive teams (e.g. World Gym for Life Challenge) in order for participants to mix it with the best.
Gymnastics for All is about 'More Opportunities for More People' and offers a wide range of experiences for participants and spectators while providing the opportunity to focus on fun, fitness, friendship and fundamentals.
You turn up to the gym, meet your coach, and talk about what kind of training you want today. Then you choose from 100 different exercises to keep in peak physical condition. Who said training had to be a treadmill?
GymFit is an awesome way to work out, whether you want to get more involved in gymnastics or not. With a huge variety of exercises focusing on your cardio, core, upper and lower body, you'll come away from every session feeling fitter, healthier and one step closer to that gymnast's physique.
For age twelve and up, you'll find a GymFit class that's perfect for you. And whether it's your first fitness session or you're an experienced athlete looking for a change of routine, we run sessions for all abilities. While the focus is primarily on developing your fitness, you'll also pick up some of the basics of gymnastics. So if you ever want to get more into the sport, you'll find you've already got the perfect foundation.
Freestyle Gymnastics (FreeG) is a term adopted by British Gymnastics to describe a new and rapidly developing activity which incorporates aspects of other popular activities, such as Parkour, Free Running and Urban Gymnastics, linked together with martial arts kicking links.
Freestyle sports are dynamic and exciting, gaining popularity within the UK for providing participants with the ability to express themselves creatively through movement and an incredible range of tricks. To help capture the power and explosive nature of freestyle, British Gymnastics has developed a new club-based activity called FreeG, which comes indoors and introduces a range of freestyle-specific equipment and training techniques to take your trick learning, to a new level.
FreeG fuses traditional gymnastic and acrobatic tricks, with kicks and leaps made famous through martial arts and brought to worldwide attention by festival performers and stunt actors.
FreeG gets your body moving in ways never thought possible. It will get your heart racing and develop a heightened sense of spatial awareness that can be put to good use in a variety of other sports (including boarding, biking, skiing, climbing and surfing.)
More information at: http://www.british-gymnastics.org/freeg/
These are 45-minute classes where children attend with their parent/carer but are encouraged to progressively do more on their own. The emphasis is on FUN and children learn to jump, balance, swing, roll and crawl through tunnels in order to improve overall co-ordination, spatial awareness and basic motor skills. The children work in a safe and stimulating environment which utilises a vast range of equipment and soft play. Three tiers of classes to cater for your child's individual needs.
- Creepy Crawlers – This session is for babies starting to crawl up to taking their first steps. Approximate age 4 months to 1 year old.
- Toddle Tots – This session is for toddlers starting to find their feet and walking independently. Approximate age 1 to 2 year olds.
- Mischief Monkeys – This session is for the confident walker and runner who are on the move non-stop and getting ready for school in September. Approximate age 3 & 4 year olds.
One moment you're performing a hypnotic floor routine. The next, you're somersaulting down the runway. The pressure's on. But your mates are right there with you every step of the way.
TeamGym takes skills from other types of gymnastics and adds a team element. So you can train and perform right alongside your mates. If you enjoy working and having fun as part of a group, you'll get a kick out of TeamGym right from your very first day.
You don't need any experience to get started with TeamGym. In fact, you don't even need a team - we can do that part for you. And from experienced adult gymnasts to primary school age children, you really can get involved at any age and ability level. You'll start by learning the basics of the three activities (the floor, the trampette and the tumbling track). As you develop your skill and strength, you'll work as part of a team to learn and perform more and more amazing routines. If you want, you can even enter your team into one of our competitions. They're open for every age range. But, of course, you can also do it just for fun and fitness.
Ready to become a TeamGym gymnast? Our club provides a safe, friendly environment with professional coaches to help you learn. Gymnastics can be adapted to be inclusive for everyone, regardless of your ability.
You open the door to your gym. After a quick huddle with your mates, you tell your coach what type of training you want to do today. Because this isn't just any gymnastics club. This is your club.
MYClub is designed to give you total control over your gymnastics sessions. Whether you want to work hard on mastering that backflip, get together for a group display, or blast through some fitness training, it's your time, your club and your decision.
Designed for ages thirteen to nineteen, MYClub sessions are geared towards having fun as well as improving your skills. So whether you're new to the sport or already have loads of experience, you'll find it's a great way to hang out with your mates and have a laugh while doing gymnastics. And best of all, you're in charge.
Ready to join MYClub? Our club provides a safe, friendly environment with professional coaches to help you learn. Gymnastics can be adapted to be inclusive for everyone, regardless of your ability.