Gym Nippers

Our Gym Nippers classes help to develop motor skills, balance and agility.  Progress within these classes will be monitored against the Edinburgh Leisure class competencies and you can keep a track by signing up to our home portal. Please read Important Information below particularly regarding accompanying adults/siblings in Gym Nippers classes

Important Information 

We are very happy to have coaching in our venues again. The positive feedback we have received from customers already using our venues saying how safe and enjoyable their experience with us has been has been has been hugely appreciated. We are working hard to ensure that our coaching customers have the same experience. 


As with all our other activities in our venues, to ensure the safety of everyone we’ve introduced a number of measures.  We will continue to review these measures over the coming months as the environment and guidelines from the Scottish Government and national sports governing bodies change. Our priority will always be the safety of our customers and our teams. Some key things to be aware of are:

  • We may use different entrances and exits to our buildings than normal.
  • For older children, you may not be able to enter or stay in our buildings during your child’s lesson. This depends on the age of your child, and sometimes on the capacity of the building. Be assured if this is the case our team are there to help your child get to and from their class safely. We understand that there may be some circumstances where you may need to stay and support your child. Please discuss your requirements with the venue if this is the case.
  • We have to maintain a safe number of people in our venues at any one time. If you are coming into our buildings with your child for their lesson, only one adult can accompany a child and we are asking our customers not to take siblings/other children with them. Children under 12 do not have to distance from each other, but still have to distance from other adults and therefore still have to be accounted for in our safety measures and calculations. 

    For Gym Nippers,
    due to current restrictions all preschool children must be accompanied by an adult who can physically support them in the class, with instruction from the coach. The current guidance does not allow any coach (whatever their age) to carry out hands on coaching with any child (whatever their age). Preschool classes are therefore strongly recommended to have a ratio of one adult per child to ensure that the child can safely participate in the class and to enable them to take part in all the activities. In certain circumstances, this can increase to a maximum of one adult to two children however this has to be agreed in advance with our gymnastics coordinator or venue management. All children and adults in the area must maintain physical distancing from all other adults (including coaches) during the class in line with Scottish Government regulations. As ever, we are subject to Scottish Government and National Governing Body guidance and this may change   
  • Please follow the rules about wearing face coverings. Currently anyone aged 5 years and over is required to wear a face covering until their class.

Before you come to your first class class it’s important to read where to go and what to do at your venue – see here for full details.

Full details of our guidelines and what to expect in each of our venues can be found in ‘Coaching Guidelines’ below.

We know that this is a little different – for everyone - but we can assure you that our welcome will be as warm and our lessons as fun as ever. Our teams will always be there to look after you and your family. We appreciate your understanding as we work together to keep everyone safe. 


 Please read 'Important Information' above particularly regarding accompanying adults/siblings in Gym Nippers classes. 

Adult and Toddler classes are for children aged 18 months to 3 years.  Within our Adult & Toddler classes our focus is to improve co-ordination and motor skills through song, dance and movement. 

Three to five-year olds can attend Pre-School Gym Nippers sessions that will develop self-confidence and social skills. Landing and shaping, loco-motor and dance, rotation and rebound are covered in these sessions. Young gymnasts will also learn about levels and direction, balances and shapes, swings and turns, and twists.  

This class is a combination of our Gym Nippers classes to allow parents with both ages of children to attend.  The children who are three and above will follow the same structure as our 3 – 5 years classes while the younger children (18 months – 3 years) will be accompanied by an adult and will be supervised around the equipment. Landing and shaping, loco-motor and dance, rotation and rebound are covered in these sessions. Young gymnasts will also learn about levels and direction, balances and shapes, swings, turns and twists.

This pre-school class combines the music and movement of Gym Nippers with the excitement of trampolining in a safe and fun environment. Children will use a range of gymnastics and trampoline equipment to learn skills such as balance, coordination and strength.  


This pre-school class combines the music and movement of Gym Nippers with the excitement of trampolining in a safe and fun environment.  Children will use a range of gymnastics and trampoline equipment to learn skills such as balance, coordination and strength. 

Specifically designed for 3 – 5 year olds, this class will focus on jumping techniques which promote self-confidence and social skills while having fun. Coaches will deliver the class using  the trampoline and dive board in the dry land diving area . Children will learn how to land, shape and twist and will be a great starting point for progression to trampolining, gymnastics or diving classes from P1. We ask that parent please accompany their children to this class and be willing to assist their child with shapes.



You can see what what classes are running where, check availability and even request a space - all online in 3 simple steps:

  1. Decide which class would be right for your child using our class information above.
  2. Find out where and when your class is on and whether it has spaces using the 'Class Availability' button below. 
  3. You can then check space availability (updated every 4 hours) and complete a simple online 'Request Form'.
Once we receive your form we'll do a check and get back to you to confirm whether we have a space held for you and what the next steps regarding payment are. Please be aware that your space is guaranteed only when we confirm we have received your Direct Debit instructions.



We have introduced rules and measures to ensure that we can welcome you back into an environment that is safe for you and our staff. We all have a responsibility as a community to keep each other safe, and by following our guidelines we can do this whilst enjoying being back. 

1. Important things to know about our coaching classes

2. How to find your way and what to expect in each of our venues





Are there any opportunities for competition?

Current guidelines do not allow for competition. 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?

Adults and teenagers can start or get back into gymnastics at any time.

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 child's learning?

For Gym Nippers, due to current restrictions all preschool children must be accompanied by an adult who can physically support them in the class, with instruction from the coach. The current guidance does not allow any coach (whatever their age) to carry out hands on coaching with any child (whatever their age). Preschool classes are therefore strongly recommended to have a ratio of one adult per child to ensure that the child can safely participate in the class and to enable them to take part in all the activities. In certain circumstances, this can increase to a maximum of one adult to two children however this has to be agreed in advance with our gymnastics coordinator or venue management. All children and adults in the area must maintain physical distancing from all other adults (including coaches) during the class in line with Scottish Government regulations. As ever, we are subject to Scottish Government and National Governing Body guidance and this may change   

For further coaching frequently asked questions click here.