Gymnastics Australia is pleased to offer its Sporting Schools program to children across Australia’s school yards.
By developing a child’s fundamental movement skills, Gymnastics provides a sound basis for further skill development across all sports.
Gymnastics promotes all-round physical development, muscular strength and endurance, joint flexibility, balance, coordination and core strength required for everyday living.
Gymnastics Australia offers flexible primary and secondary school programs to meet the individual needs of schools and encourage children to participate in this great sport.
“Gymnastics was the starting point for me as I was a very acrobatic kid as a 6 year old and I was flipping and twisting off everything I could and mum and dad eventually put two and two together and enrolled me into Gymnastics.”
Lydia Lassila, Olympic Gold Medallist
Primary School Programs
Gymnastics Australia’s LaunchPad programs cater for children of all ages and are expertly designed to cater for all stages of physical, social and cognitive development.
- Gymnastics the focus is on fundamental movement patterns that help children progress into more advanced skills or sports. The games and activities encourage children to work with others and build self-esteem. As children develop more control of their bodies through fundamental movement, more specific activities and skills are introduced. Students are encouraged to learn, reproduce and create more complex movement sequences.
- Aerobics is a fantastic taste of the sport of aerobics. Students will gain the confidence to create and perform choreographed aerobics routines. The lessons in the LaunchPad Aerobics resource align with the Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education, providing opportunities for students to learn through movement. It supports them in broadening the range and complexity of fundamental movement skills they are able to perform. They learn how to select, transfer and apply simple movement skills and sequences individually, in groups and in teams.
- FreeG Kids is an exciting combination of gymnastics, obstacle training and freestyle movement. Through a mix of skills and progressions, children learn coordination from gymnastics, strength and agility from obstacle training, creativity for freestyle movement as well as listening skills and confidence. All lessons are aligned to the Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education and are designed to challenge children to try new things in a supportive environment.
Secondary School Programs
Gymnastics Australia’s programs are designed for secondary school students in Year 7 and 8 to develop their competence and capability to confidently engage in sport and a healthy lifestyle.
- Gymnastics sessions are sequentially designed and focus on the fundamental skills associated with a range of exciting gymsports. Sessions are structured to include warm-ups, circuits, and opportunities for guided discovery learning and cool down.
- AeroSchools is an exciting taste of the sport of aerobics. Students will gain the confidence to create and perform choreographed aerobics routines. As a teacher, you don’t need to be able to dance to successfully deliver the AeroSchools program. The lessons in the AeroSchools resource align with the Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education, providing opportunities for students to learn through movement. It supports them in broadening the range and complexity of fundamental movement skills they are able to perform. They learn how to select, transfer and apply simple movement skills and sequences individually, in groups and in teams. Included in the AeroSchools program is the School Gymnastics resource pack.
- FreeG fuses gymnastics, acrobatic tricks, leaps and obstacle courses made famous through stunt performers and Ninja Warrior. FreeG classes are about exploring different ways of moving through space with participants encouraged to find new and creative uses for traditional gymnastics equipment. This program has been developed to cater for participants with no previous experience of FreeG or similar styles of movement. All lessons are aligned to the Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education and are designed to encourage students to take responsibility for their learning. Check out the www.freeg.org.au website for more information and to view some awesome videos of the skills students will learn.
Program Cost and Structure
All programs are facilitated by Gymnastics Australia endorsed coaches and suitably accredited teachers and consist of a minimum of four sessions.
Coach delivered programs are flexible and can be facilitated at your school, local gymnastics club and/or a hybrid of the two.
All details, including costs can be arranged with your gymnastics coaching provider after submitting the online booking. Schools can select and request an endorsed coaching provider from the Gymnastics Australia list or we can find your local provider for you.
Schools have the opportunity to select from a range of suggested equipment at discounted prices when booking Sporting Schools programs.
For more information view the Sporting Schools Gymnastics equipment list.
Teachers can deliver gymnastics programs in Sporting Schools by meeting the requirements below:
- Hold a valid state and/or territory teacher registration
- Confirm adequacy of insurance
- Gymnastics and FreeG Kids: Launch Pad Ignite Workshop (1hr online + face to face)
or Bachelor of Education HPER
- Aerobics and AeroSchools: No further requirements
To become a coach and deliver gymnastics in Sporting Schools please ensure you are working towards the following requirements:
- Be aged 16 years or over
- Hold a current Working With Children Check
- Confirm adequacy of insurance
- Intermediate Coaching Qualifications or above
Sporting Schools is an Australia-wide program in partnership with over 30 national sporting organisations (NSO), of which Gymnastics Australia are one.
Gymnastics Australia coordinates all Sporting Schools programs and do not require external coaching providers. For further information please contact Gymnastics Australia.
Gymnastics Australia Resources
A set of lesson plans and 12 month access to the GymMix online Lesson Planner is available with all Sporting Schools programs allowing teachers to build lessons including Warm Up, Skill Development, Circuits and Cool Down activities in four easy steps:
- Select Activities
- Drag them into lesson plan
- Same your lesson plan
- Print lesson plan and take it with you to class
For more information visit Gymnastics Australia.