"...adapted to meet the needs of each individual."
British Gymnastics’ disability programme ensures that gymnastics is adapted to meet the needs of each individual. Through the delivery of disability gymnastics, coaches adapt & modify skills where necessary to enable all disabled gymnasts to achieve their full potential, focusing on what gymnasts can do, not on what they can't do.
From fundamental movement activity to elite gymnastics skills, disability gymnastics has something exciting, fun and engaging for all disabled people to enjoy; it is also widely recognised as providing many physical and social benefits for participants, such as developing increased coordination skills and building confidence.
All disciplines can be adapted to include people with a disability in the sport; competitive opportunities exist within men's artistic, women's artistic, rhythmic, trampoline, teamgym and acrobatic gymnastics. The disability gymnastics pathway provides training and competition opportunities for gymnasts that cannot fully access mainstream gymnastics, creating a level playing field for all to enjoy gymnastics and achieve.
I’M IN is the new disability gymnastics programme from British Gymnastics, which aims to create more participation opportunities for more people with an impairment. The programme delivers a range of gymnastics taster events, festival events and competitive events for disabled people who want to experience gymnastics for the first time or are new to gymnastics and are aged between 11-17 or 18+. Events are run in every region of England throughout 2014 and the programme will be extended to Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland by the end of 2014.
Click here to access the full calendar of I’M IN events.
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History of Gymnastics
History of Gymnastics
A disability gymnastics programme has been in place at British Gymnastics since 1985. Previously known as GMPD; (Gymnastics & Movement for People with Disabilities) it now has the new name of 'disability gymnastics'.
Historically people with a learning disability had access to gymnastics through the Special Olympics Movement. However in the UK, there was no similar provision for those with physical or sensory disabilities in the early 1980’s. As a result, British Gymnastics established disability gymnastics, to develop and provide training and competitive opportunities for all disabled people. The disability gymnastics competitive structure is growing fast and at the pinnacle of this structure, National Disability Gymnastics Squads are also now in place across 4 disciplines of the sport; men’s artistic, women’s artistic, trampoline and rhythmic gymnastics.
In order to provide appropriate levels of training and competition for disabled people, a National Development Plan and Voluntary Competition structure was introduced in men’s artistic, women’s artistic, acrobatics, trampoline and rhythmic gymnastics. This structure follows the prescribed discipline format, albeit with appropriate modifications. Our vision is for disability gymnastics to be integrated in to every mainstream competition where appropriate, from grassroots club competitions right through to British Championships.
National Governing Body
British Gymnastics provides a national directive and structure for the sport; delivering a range of opportunities across the age spectrum to take part and stay in gymnastics, as well as developing talent and delivering top-level success.