Gymnastics

Our coached Gymnastics classes are open to boys and girls and work mainly on beam, bars, floor and vault skills.  Classes also cover dynamic balances, flexibility stretches and strength work.  All children start at Entry Stage where they master the basic skills and move up through Stages 1-4 as they become competent in the skills for that Stage.  If they have previous gymnastics experience, they might be invited for a skills assessment and be directed to a more suitable Stage.  We have a small number of Boys' classes at Tumbles at Portobello and these classes will also work on Men's Artistic skills and equipment. Children’s progress is monitored against the Edinburgh Leisure competencies and you can keep a track by signing up to our home portal.  

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Please book into our Entry Stage class if your child is new to our gymnastics programme, or has had a break and is in Primary 1 or above. Even if they have done some gymnastics before, our coaches will assess all new children coming into these classes and will recommend the correct class for them to move to if appropriate.

If your child has had significant recent experience please submit an enquiry using the form on this page and one of the team will get back to you.

Our 60-minute Entry Stage Gymnastics class is the starting point for all new customers P1 and above.  Participants will learn basic gymnastics skills and have the opportunity to build confidence and friendships as well as learning basic skills on vault, bean, bars and floor.  They will gain exposure to different types of gymnastics equipment within this class and start to learn the basic skills on each piece of apparatus. There are no prerequisites for this stage of class.

Our Stage 1 Gymnastics class is the next progressive level from Entry Stage.  The class is still 60 minutes and during this time participants will further develop the fundamental skills and will start to develop an understanding of the language used within the sport.  At this level, they will start to show a desire to build their core, flexibility and strength which will aid improved performance.  Participants will consolidate their learning and start to build accuracy on key skills that were learnt at Entry Stage.  You cannot book directly into this class, please book into 'Entry Stage' or request a skills assessment.

In Stage 2 Gymnastics participants will be demonstrating that they are eager to learn, determination and have a desire to progress within the sport.  Training time increases to 90-minute classes and at this level they will build on strength and stamina.  On the apparatus, the gymnasts will start to develop their skills and progress onto more challenging skills and start to understand the need for good body tension and spacial awareness.  You cannot book directly into this class, please book into 'Entry Stage' or request a skills assessment.

Our Stage 3 Gymnastics classes will further progress participant's gymnastics skills.  They will see an increase in the length of class to 120 minutes, along with more focus on the accuracy of the skills delivery.  On apparatus gymnasts will be challenged with more difficult skills needing good body tension and spacial awareness.  You cannot book directly into this class, please book into 'Entry Stage' or request a skills assessment. 

Our Stage 4 Gymnastics is the top level of coaching within our programme and only available as some venues.  Gymnasts continue to perfect the basics and start linking skills together more.  Class length is still 120 minutes.  You cannot book directly into this class, please book into 'Entry Stage' or request a skills assessment.








Are there any opportunities for competition?

Current guidelines do not allow us to run competitions. Usually every year we run an annual gymnastics display, and an annual gymnastics competition, plus in-house gymnastics competitions at every venue for every child. Throughout the year every child is assessed against specific skills to enable them to progress to the next level.

Can adults take part in gymnastics?

We do run classes for adults and teenagers however currently we are unable to run our adult classes in accordance with Scottish Government guidance.

What clothing is needed?

Children should wear appropriate comfortable clothing that they can move around and be active in, for example T-shirts and shorts or leggings (note dresses or skirts are not ideal). Please tie long hair back and remove any jewellery, and children should take a water bottle into their class with them. They will take part in the gymnastics lessons in bare feet.

Can I be involved in my Childs learning?

Parents of children in our Baby Nippers and Gym Nipper classes (up to the age of 3) are an important part of the class where both the children and adults have great fun learning and socialising together. Parents are encouraged to really get involved as the more the parent does then the more the child will take part. Parents are also advised to wear comfortable clothing and follow the guidelines for children.

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