Gym4Kids is an exciting programme that introduces children from 3 years upwards to basic gymnastic exercises, routines and apparatus whilst developing them to become competent, confident gymnasts. The programme focuses on the performance of various exercises, all of which require physical strength, flexibility, agility, coordination and balance.
- The syllabus has been created around curriculum from British Gymnastics, the UK’s National Governing Body for Gymnastics. It is their mandate to develop young gymnasts and support those with the ability to compete at a high level.
- Our gymnastics classes are executed within the usual Sport4Kids environment of fun, passion and encouragement, coupled with great attention to technique and performance quality.
- Gym4Kids Head Teacher, Theo Seager, was a key member of the Great Britain gymnastics team for over 8 years, having competed all over the world and won various championships, including Gold Medals for Vault and Rings at the British Gymnastics Championships 2013. Click here to learn more about Theo.
- Upon completion of the programme we expect each child to perform their routines with a great deal of confidence and joy. Each term ends with a gymnastics performance and their level assessment.
18 months – 2.5 years
This is a class where parent/guardian involvement is required. This class introduces children to the basics of gymnastics, including co-ordination, balance, and flexibility. The main focus is on the children having fun with their parents and being encouraged to try out all the equipment provided. Children will develop at their own pace during this stage. We also focus on developing social skills in group activities and interacting with other children.
3 – 5 years
Children can now participate in this class by themselves. In this programme there is more opportunity for the children to develop their gymnastic skills, (ie. cartwheels, handstands and a range of rolls). These exercises require the lifting, control and support of the child’s own body weight. Strength and flexibility training is a major focus, as well as eye-hand and eye-foot coordination in an atmosphere of fun and supportiveness. These form the basis of the fundamental movements to be able to perform a higher gymnastic skill set. At this age children will be introduce to the Gym4kids badge scheme where they will work towards achieving their first badge levels.
6 – 9 years
At these ages we build on the skills and fundamentals that children have gained with a stronger focus on form and technique. We then start to introduce a higher skill set in a fun and safe environment. The children learn how to have a greater command of the beams, vaults and floor routines. Strength and flexibility increases greatly within this age group, which helps them develop physically as they mature. The Gym4Kids badge scheme continues with more gymnastic specific skills and focusing on meticulous presentation of skills and technique.
At this age we take all the skills learnt and develop these into combinations (ie. handstand forward roll). This allows the child to put their own personality into routines and skills which builds and develop their own creativity and personal flair. Gym4Kids badge scheme will have helped to develop their basic skills by this point, and the child will have progressed to fairly advanced levels.