Gymnastics has been part of the contemporary Olympic Games since Athens 1896. The first British gymnast joined the competition 12 years later in London 1908.
Since then, the number of British medals to date is 15. This is made up of two gold, four silver and nine bronze medals from six Olympic Games
With 2021 being an Olympic year the sport of gymnastics can expect to see a huge increase in participation levels over the next few months.
Gymnastics is considered by many as one of the ‘blue ribbon’ events at an Olympic Games and every four years as a result the demand for gymnastics classes across the UK increases tenfold.
We have witnessed first-hand the ever-growing popularity of the sport. With long waiting lists for gymnastics clubs across the country we are always looking for additional venues and the option to run extra classes so we can offer the wonderful sport of gymnastics to as many children as possible.
Gymnastic classes are available to children from 18 months upwards and will allow children to explore a wide variety of equipment from Air Tracks to Gymnastic Bars during their sessions.
Air Tracks are a fantastic piece of equipment that can be used both at home and in gymnastic classes as they are quick and easy to inflate and easy to store. Air Tracks can be used for many different types of gymnastics training so are a great asset to any club or budding gymnast to practise at home.
One of the most popular pieces of equipment with young gymnasts are the Gymnastics Bars. For younger gymnasts the bars are normally kept low, however with height adjustable bars the bar height is increased as the gymnasts build confidence and challenge themselves with more challenging skills.
Gymnastics is a terrific sport for children of all ages and will help improve their coordination, flexibility, strength, self-esteem and confidence.
As the sport of Gymnastics continues to go from strength the future for gymnastics has never looked stronger.
Birmingham born Walter Tysall competed in the 1908 Summer Olympics and won the silver medal in the individual all-around.
At the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016 Max Whitlock MBE became a double Olympic champion by winning gold on both floor and pommels. With twelve medals and five titles in Olympic and world championships, Whitlock is the Britain’s most successful gymnast.
You can start at 18-months. Max Whitlock MBE started at the age of seven and Beth Tweddle, Bronze medal winner on the Uneven Bars at the London Olympics began competing at the age of seven.