Women’s Artistic Gymnastics
Women’s Artistic Gymnastics is an Olympic discipline where gymnasts perform on beam, bar, vault and perform a floor routine to music. Gymnasts in this squad require control, flexibility, strength, power and balance. They must also have psychological attributes such as the ability to compete under pressure, the courage to attempt risky skills, and the discipline and work ethic to practice the same routine many times.
Group Requirements: Girls aged 6 + years old
Training Times: 8 - 12 hours a week please see timetable for current training times, squad members must attend all of the required training sessions, assessments and competitions.
How To Join: Progression from development squad, squad trial or selection by the Squad Coach
Coach Ratio: 1:8
Head Coach: Lara Everall
Progressing: Through the British Gymnastics Elite or Club Grades
What happens in the class:
Girls will train 3 - 4 times a week and train towards competing in club, regional and national grading events. Gymnasts train on the vault, bars, beam and floor and specialist training apparatus to assist with the learning of new skills. Gymnasts will be expected to do additional practice at home to supplement the training at the club. The ability to focus, listen to instructions, work with the team and perform in a competitive environment is very important. If children are selected for the women’s squad their mental focus as well as physical development will be assessed to see the suitability for this type of training. Gymnasts will have regular assessments of strength, flexibility and skills to monitor their progress and are sometimes moved into a more appropriate group if they are progressing faster or slower than the group they are training with. Artistic gymnasts compete in their level or grade on beam, bar, vault and perform a floor routine to music. Gymnasts start at the lowest level of competition at 8 years old and would normally be expected to move up one level each year through the club or elite British Gymnastics program.
Please use www.britishgymnastics.org to find out more about the different gymnastic disciplines.