British Gymnastics has reached an important milestone with more clubs than ever offering Disability Gymnastics across the UK.
Whether providing inclusive opportunities within mainstream sessions or offering specific classes for disabled people, more than 200 clubs affiliated to British Gymnastics now offer these exciting activities for a growing fan base, which includes many people with physical or learning disabilities, sensory impairments or health conditions.
The growth in popularity and participation in Disability Gymnastics is largely down to the British Gymnastics I’M IN programme, which aims to develop more high quality opportunities for disabled people in gymnastics. Launched in 2013, with a number of clubs already experienced in offering gymnastics for disabled people, the I’M IN programme offers specialist coaching support and mentoring to other clubs who want to become more inclusive. To date, more than 200 coaches have benefited from this initiative and they have taken their new skills and knowledge back to their respective clubs.
Speaking about reaching this exciting milestone, British Gymnastics Chief Executive Officer, Jane Allen, said:
“It is important for British Gymnastics to ensure the sport is accessible to as many people as possible. Since launching in 2013, our I’M IN programme has proved very popular and more and more of our coaches around the UK are taking advantage of our specialist training that allows their clubs to open their doors to a wider audience, which is a positive step for all involved.”
Quotes from two participants in Disability Gymnastics:
Ben, aged 10, from Waveney Gymnastics Club in Suffolk:
“I really enjoy gymnastics and am happy that it’s something I can do that none of my school friends can!”
Steph, aged11, also from Waveney Gymnastics Club:
“I really love gymnastics. It gives me an opportunity to meet new people and travel to places I have never been to. It’s a great experience!”
To find a British Gymnastics affiliate club offering Disability Gymnastics, people can go to www.DiscoverGymnastics.uk.