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Results summary from the last cycle – 2013-2017
- Participation within the 11-13 age group has increased from 17,500 to 34,000 participants
- Bronze / recreational membership has increased by 100,000 participants
- 160 satellite clubs have been established leading to an increase of 4,000 participants
- In our Further and Higher Education enrichment programme, implemented in 2013 there has been 9,000 participants taking part in gymnastics activities.
- 60,000 participants are now engaged level in Level 2 UK school games gymnastics competition
- 231 gymnastics clubs are now delivering disability gymnastics leading to an increase of 500 disabled participants, our total is now 1500
- 15,000 people have taken part in gymnastics festivals designed to give more people non-competitive display opportunities
- Over 200 facility projects have been completed with over £10m invested into gymnastics facilities
by site editor Rick McCharles
Many excellent girls Gymnastics clubs underserve boys in their market. Brothers are sitting in the parents seating area – restless – waiting on sisters. That’s a waste.
The best boys Gymnastics clubs have as high a ratio as 1 boy for every 3 girls. That kind of ratio is possible.
First priority for boys coaches is increasing the base. Increasing the numbers of boys trying Gymnastics and other acrobatic sports.
Once in the Gym many will find they like the sport. It’s FUN. Keep it FUN.
Boys love Games, Contests and Challenges. Most boys love height and flight. Excitement.
Once hooked on the sport, next priority is improvement of Physical (Endurance, Stringy, Power, Flexibility, etc.) and Motor (Agility, Balance, Coordination, Spatial awareness, etc.) fitness.
Skills are lower priority than for girls the same age.
Role models are important for boys. It’s important coaches and the eldest and most advanced boys in the club be leaders.
Clubs who do want to increase the size and quality of the boys Recreation program have two major problems:
There are far fewer boys coaches available than girls coaches. Some serious effort may be required to recruit and train boys Rec coaches.
In 2016 Parkour / Ninja classes are very popular with boys. Boys parents are very keen to keep their sons doing Parkour safe.
Once in the Gym some of those Ninja boys will get interested in the Artistic competitive apparatus.
I like “bring-a-friend” day, as well. Check the insurance implications of bringing in a friend to your Gym.
The Olympics certainly help. 🙂
In just a few weeks, British Gymnastics member clubs will hit a landmark 100,000 increase in recreational gymnasts since 2012. This is in England and Northern Ireland gymnastics clubs alone bringing nationwide membership to its highest yet, a total of 327,000 across the UK.
Independent industry research shows there are also now 1.1 million people participating in gymnastics across the nation each month. Growth has been driven by a participation strategy that has incorporated facility investment, developed club support and the gymnastics workforce, focused on recreational gymnastics and increased the profile of gymnastics. …