Is your child keen to be a gymnast? Do they just want to try a weekly class, or do they want to train regularly and compete? Take this all into account when choosing a class, as it may mean considering a location that is further away.
Gymnastics clubs vary, but usually classes are grouped by age, and as your child progresses in the sport, she/he will later be grouped by ability level.
First, find a local gymnastics club in your area. Clubs that are members of Gymnastics WA, the state governing body for the sport, have to meet minimum requirements for liability insurance and coaching expertise and must pledge to follow Gymnastic Australia’s Code of Ethics.
You will probably want to pick a few gymnastics clubs in your area and go in for a visit. Gyms vary significantly in the facilities they have. Some are enormous buildings with all sorts of equipment and mats, while others are much smaller. Beginner gymnasts often have a lot of fun on some of the "extra" equipment such as climbing structures, foam pits, and trampolines. Visiting a few gyms may help you decide what's important to you and your child.
If you like the venue, enquire about a trial gymnastics session (you can usually organise one for little or no charge). If you child still loves the idea after a class, go ahead and enquire about the full term.
Now click on Find a Club to find a club near you.
How much does Gymnastics cost?
Costs vary between clubs however you can expect to pay both a term fee and an annual registration fee (which includes insurance cover and Gymnastics WA membership) at each club.
If your child reaches the competitive level you will have the additional costs involved with competitions such as entry fees and uniforms.
As a parent or caregiver, how can I get involved?
Parental involvement can play a big part in your child’s participation and success in gymnastics. We love having the parents of our gymnasts involved in their chosen sport. After all, it’s exciting to see your child progress, learn new skills and come home bouncing off the walls because they managed to stick a skill they’ve been working at for months. There’s no better feeling – for the gymnast and the coach!
As with any sporting association, there is always a call out for volunteers to ensure the ongoing enjoyment for our children. Volunteers may be required to assist with fundraising and event operations.
I’d love my child to do gymnastics but I’m not interested in competitions, can he/she just do gymnastics for fun?
YES! All our gymnastics clubs are about participation and fun! All our clubs offer classes that are perfect for children who want to come along and do gymnastics once a week. These classes are ideal for children to improve their development and coordination and assist them with other sporting or academic endeavours.
What does my child need to wear?
For most classes girls should wear a gymnastics leotard and boys should wear a singlet or t-shirt and shorts. In the interest of safety, accessories such as belts, buckles and jewellery should be left at home. Hair should be pulled neatly and securely away from the face. All students should be barefoot while in class.
How do I enrol my child into a gymnastics class?
First you will need to find your nearest club using our club finder. Then contact your club via telephone or email to obtain more information on their enrolment process.
What age can my child start gymnastics?
We have programs that can support children from zero to 12 years of age to start gymnastics, right through to adult classes.
Are your teachers qualified?
All of our coaches are fully qualified and accredited with Gymnastics Australia.
All Gymnastics WA affiliated clubs are required to ensure that all their staff (including coaches) are assessed for suitability to work with children and young people.
Do I have to stay with my child during classes?
Each club will have their own guidelines on whether you will need to remain with your child during their class.
For children under the age of four, parents are required to actively participate with their child at all times.
Gross motor skills are such an important part of the healthy development and children of all ages. In fact, gross motor activities not only get the kids moving and active and allow them to release much needed energy, they also are responsible for helping children regulate their sensory needs.
Here are some activities to help develop your child’s gross motor skills and to enjoy doing with your children.
Animal Walks – Bear
Start in the standing position. Bend over and put both hands on the ground. Now, walk forward with the same leg and arm. So, move your right arm and right leg forward, then the left leg and arm at the same time, then repeat. For additional challenge, try keeping your legs and arms straight. Don’t forget to watch where you are going!
- Animal walks using the hands and feet, requires cross-patterning which helps the body move in a coordinated way
- Upper body strength
- Hamstring flexibility
Animal Walks – Crab
Start by sitting on the floor. Lean backwards and place your hands on the ground, fingers pointing to toes. You should look like a “table top” now. Now walk in any direction, while holding your bottom off the ground and your back straight.
- Animal walks on hands and feet requires cross-patterning which helps the body move in a coordinated way
- Upper body strength
Lie on the ground with your body outstretched. Hold a bean bag between your feet or your hands. Put your arms straight out above your head. Then roll onto your side and do a complete rotation of the body, remaining parallel to the surface. Do not bend your head and keep your body straight all the time.
- Rolling helps to stimulate the vestibular system in the inner ear which contributes to balance and spatial orientation
- Vestibular stimulation helps both sides of the brain communicate, which helps with body awareness and coordination