Rec Gymnastics in China

Former Chinese team member Liang Cheng now coaches at Capital City Gymnastics in Edmonton, Canada.

He and Jeff Thomson, former Men’s Programme Director for Gymnastics Canada, now CEO of Inspire Sports, want to bring Recreational Gymnastics to China.

In China, kindergarten-age children who show potential and the right physical characteristics are normally selected to begin training at a state-run gymnastics school, but there is little recourse for those who aren’t selected for the intense training regimen but still want to do gymnastics. Cheng’s idea, based on what he learned in Canada, was to build a recreational gymnastics facility where children and adults alike could learn gymnastics skills for fun and fitness. …

In 2011, Cheng and Thomson opened Inspire Sports, a non-competitive 15,000.00 square foot gymnastics facility in the Jiangsu Province, outside of Shanghai. It was the first Gymnastics for All facility in China …

… gymnastics classes are combined with something else that would be beneficial to China’s youth: English language immersion. Inspire Sports instructors include Canadians, Americans and Australians …

The Inspire gymnastics project has been so successful that Cheng and Thomson plan to open another to another 25 to 30 similar gyms in China within the next five years. …

Growing Gymnastics for All in China, one gym at a time

Here’s a video from the first Gym opening in 2011. Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

related – Growing Gymnastics for All in China, one gym at a time

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