Reasons to do gymnastics…that don’t involve gymnastics

Reasons to do gymnastics…that don’t involve gymnastics

Gymnastics and trampolining is lots of fun and it’s a great activity for your child’s physical development. Did you know that it’s fantastic training for so many other things that have nothing to do with gymnastics or trampolining?

Here’s our top 15 reasons why your child should give it a go:

1. Following directions

Gymnastics teaches kids to follow multi-stepped directions. Going around the course and remember what to do at each station plays a vital role in gymnastic training.

2. Independence

Your child will learn how to deal with separation as they attend a class by themselves. If your child’s soon starting school, adjusting to new and different situations is a very important skill to learn.

3. Discipline

Listening and respect for rules and patience leads to discipline. When a child has the basics of discipline, self-discipline is the next step on the ability to self-regulate behavior.

4. Following safety rules

Listening to instructions of how to keep yourself safe in the gym helps children learn how to follow rules for personal safety, whether at home or school.

5. Working co-operatively

From partner drills to moving a mat together, gymnastics teaches kids to work together for a common reason.

6. Patience

No one likes waiting, especially 3, 4 and 5 year olds! Standing in line for short periods of time and containing your excitement as you wait for your turn can really help with developing patience.

7. Responsibility in cleaning up

Learning to put your carpet spot or cartwheel mat back into a pile is an important skill and one that many parents will be grateful to have their child master next time there’s Legos all over the house!

8. Reasoning and resolve

It’s not easy when you don’t get to be first or you’re unable to stand next to your best friend in line. Gymnastics teaches these lessons and helps children learn appropriate ways to resolve issues.

9. Learning respect

Having good manners and speaking in a respectful way is an important life skill for children to learn. Gymnastics classes helps a child learn to treat the teacher with respect and how to navigate the social dynamics with their peers.

10. Persistence

Gymnasts have try and try again to achieve even the simplest of skills. Gymnastics helps teaches kids to stay with an activity until it’s completed.

11. Character

Gymnastics stresses the importance of doing the right thing, even when the teacher isn’t looking. Preschool gymnasts begin developing this important skill in class.

12. Resilience

A four year old falling and getting back up while trying to master a cartwheel is learning resilience. This also teaches the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties.

13. The value of effort

Gymnastics is not an easy sport. However, if children try hard they will see progress and they’ll learn to understand the relationship between effort and success.

14. Courage

Gymnastics can be a scary sport, but it’s only when children are pushed out of their comfort zone that they develop courage. Courage is not only being brave when we fear something but also a trait to call upon when we have to do something that we do not wish to do and is a great skill to equip children for life.

15. Self-confidence

A child who develops all of these traits also develops self-confidence, with a strong belief in their selves. If your child is able to go to a class on their own, follow the rules and directions, get along with their peers, understand about what’s involved in learning a new skill and that failing is ok because you are ambitious, have courage and grit is the making a rounded and self-confident child.

Chilwell Olympia sessions:

5-5:55pm Beginners
6-6:55pm Intermediates
7-7:55pm Advanced

5-5.55pm Beginners
6-6.55pm Intermediates

Little Leapers (pre-school)

5-5:55pm Beginners
6-6:55pm Intermediates
7-7:55pm Advanced/Academy

5-5:55pm Beginners / Intermediates
6-6:55pm Intermediates / Advanced

Kimberley Leisure Centre

Little Leapers (pre-school)

4:15pm-5:15pm Ages 4-6 beginners
5:15pm-6:15pm Ages 6+ Beginners
6:15pm-7:15pm Intermediates
7:15pm-8:15pm Advanced

4:15pm-5:15pm Ages 4,5 & 6 beginners
5:15pm-6:15pm Ages 6+ beginners

5pm – 6pm Beginners & Intermediates
6pm – 7pm Beginners & Intermediates & Advanced
7pm-8pm Intermediates & Advanced
7pm-8:30pm Academy

4:15pm-5:15pm Advanced

We do have waiting lists for some of our classes, but please contact us for further information.

Chilwell Olympia. T. 0115 917333

Kimberley Leisure Centre. T. 0115 917 3355

For further information about other activities we offer for children please visit our website.