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WELCOMING YOU BACK!

We’re so excited to start welcoming pupils back to our Gymnastics Lesson! As your safety is of upmost importance to us, we have made a number of changes in line with Government and National Governing Body guidance, along with enhanced hygiene measures, to ensure your visits are as safe as possible.

Unfortunately there are some types of lessons and locations that are unable to return yet. We are working hard to resume our full range of lessons as soon as possible.

Please ensure to read our frequently asked questions for the most up-to-date information on the new protocols. Your cooperation, along with the safety measures and all the efforts from our coaches, will help keep your visit safer, better and stronger than ever.

Classes

Class/Level

Descriptor

Awards

Adult & Child (18months-2yrs)

A child’s first introduction to the world of gymnastics, facilitated through guided play, using both small and large apparatus. The coach will instruct the adult on how to safely support their child, allowing them to experience all the basics of gymnastics in a fun and exploratory way.

None

Pre-School (3-4yrs)

A child’s first independent gymnastics class. Pupils will be taught the basics of gymnastics, such as shapes, balances, jumping, rolling and co-ordination, through fun and structured lessons. Children will use a variety of small and large apparatus.

Better Pre-School Award

Fundamental (4yrs+ - must be in full time school)

For school-aged children moving up from pre-school level, or those children completely new to gymnastics. These classes will focus on the core skills required for gymnastics, such as strength, flexibility, balance, co-ordination and jumping, whilst introducing the basic skills for rolls, cartwheels and handstands, and vaulting.

Better Fundamental Award

Preparation (5yrs+)

For children moving up from Fundamental level, or those children that can demonstrate competence in jumping, balancing, weight-bearing and have a good degree of basic strength and flexibility. These classes focus on developing and improving the basic skills, including forward/backward rolls, cartwheels, handstands and vault.

Better Preparation Award

Novice (6yrs+)

For children moving up from Preparation level, or those children that can confidently perform the following; forward roll, cartwheel, bridge, handstand against wall and squat/straddle on vault. These classes will focus on expanding on these skills, and introducing more difficult jumps and balances, whilst improving the gymnast’s strength and flexibility.

Better Novice Award

Intermediate (7yrs+)

For children moving up from Novice level, or those children that can confidently perform the following skills; backward roll, forward roll to straddle, handstand, handstand forward roll and squat through/straddle over vault. These classes will introduce higher level skills, such as round off, back flips and handstand flatback vault. A higher degree of focus will be on strength and flexibility development, and body conditioning.

Better Intermediate Award

Advanced (8yrs+)

For children moving up from Intermediate level, or those children that can confidently perform the following skills; round off, forward roll with straight arms, splits, bridge kickover and handstand flatback vault. These classes will introduce advanced skills, such as tumbling, handspring vault and more difficult floor skills, whilst increasing the focus on strength, flexibility and body conditioning.

Better Advanced Award

Young Adults (11-15yrs)

For older children who are new to gymnastics, or have a basic grasp of some skills, these classes will focus on the Fundamental, Preparation and Novice levels of our syllabus.

Better Fundamental, Preparation & Novice Awards

Adults (16yrs+)

For all abilities, from complete beginners to returning gymnasts, these classes will allow you to practice and learn in a safe environment, with the guidance and support of a qualified coach.

None

Disability

A specialist lesson for participants with a disability, the class caters for all disabilities; learning, behavioural, sensory and physical. Participants will have the opportunity to reach their potential in a safe and stimulating environment.

All Better Awards

FreeG/Free style (8yrs+)

For children aged 8yrs+ who enjoy the more daring side of gymnastics, these classes will teach participants elements of parkour in a safe environment using a range of equipment. Taught by a qualified coach, participants will learn how to flip, jump and perform tricks and stunts, providing a fun and challenging lesson.

None

 

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WHAT ARE THE KEY CHANGES?

  • Coaches will collect and drop off pupils to the designated Gymnastics zones
  • Parents will be required to used the designated spectating or waiting zone
  • Gymnastics Coaches will take registers via hand held devices to ensure attendance inline with track and trace
  • Coaches will plan sessions inline with British Gymnastics  guidance allowing social distancing
  • Coaches will be delivering none contact activities with no hands on support
  • All coaches will receive Covid-19 Secure training
  • Reduction in use of some gymnastics equipment to reduce contamination
  • Cleaning of equipment will take place before, during and after lessons
  • Removal of partner/team activities to ensure no pupil contact (high five)
  • One way pupil circulation to be introduced where required to ensure no cross over
  • Viewing galleries / areas to be open with social distance measures to allow parents of younger children to remain on site
  • All spectators will be required to ware face coverings

How have you made lessons COVID-19 Safe?

We have ensured that our lessons follow Government and industry guidance and that the whole customer journey and environment is safe for our pupils, parents and coaches. The key changes we have made are:

  • All Gymnastics lesson capacities have been designed to ensure that all pupils can take part in lessons safely
  • All Coaches have been trained to understand how to deliver a safe COVID-19 Secure lesson.
  • Had sanitiser will be available thought out the lessons
  • All Gymnastics equipment is disinfected before, during and after all lessons.
  • All Gymnastics lesson have been reviewed to ensure we can teach a broad range of skills while ensuring COVID-19 Secure measures are maintained

How to get the most from your gymnastics lesson:

  • Please wear suitable attire. Acceptable clothing includes shorts, t-shirts, leggings, jogging bottoms, leotards, unitards
  • Jeans, hooded tops, skirts, zips, excessively long trousers or sleeves, buttons and strings/toggles are not permitted
  • Long hair must be tied back securely, away from the face and all jewellery must be removed – this includes stud earrings
  • It is important to stay hydrated, so remember to bring a drink; water is recommended
  • Please arrive on time for your class. If you are late, you will miss the warm-up and may not be allowed to participate, for safety reasons
  • Children aged 8yrs and under must be dropped off and collected by their parent/guardian. The parent/guardian must also remain in the viewing area to take their child to the toilet. Anyone under the age of 16 cannot drop off or collect pupils
  • Remember to use the toilet before your class
  • Do not enter the gymnasium or use any of the equipment without the permission of the coaches
  • Please leave at least one hour between eating and starting your class
  • Photography is not permitted. This includes using mobile phones, video recorders, cameras or tablets
  • Please avoid communicating with the children during the session, as it can be distracting for your child and the other children in the group.

Track your progress online

When you book a Better lesson or course you can track you or your child's progress using our online progress tracking tool; Home Portal. It's easy to set up and allows you to access information and updates on the go.

Features include:

Record of achievement - clear and regular updates on progress, including achievements and areas for improvement

Book and pay online - pre-plan and skip the queue, allowing you to go straight to your lesson. Dates, times and levels (subject to availability) all available online

One account for multiple children - perfect for schools and families

Easy administration - view your credits and update your contact details at the click of a button

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Frequently asked questions

Why are we changing the Gymnastics Lesson Programme?

Due to COVID-19 we have to make a number of changes to our lessons to ensure that we can deliver a COVID-19 Secure gymnastics lessons service inline with Government polices.

What are the key changes?

A new Customer Journey ensuring that we manage the flow of customers through the building and during and after lessons enabling social distancing has been implemented across our centres. A new delivery model that ensures our lessons are safe, progressive and fun for all children taking part. Enhanced cleaning measures throughout the centre.

How have you made lessons COVID-19 Safe?

All our gymnastics lessons follow Government and industry guidance to ensure that all participants, parents/guardians and coaches are COVID-19 Secure. The key changes we have made are:

  • All Gymnastics Coaches will deliver non-contact gymnastics activities for all lessons.
  • All gymnastics lesson equipment is disinfected before, during and after all lessons.
  • All gymnastics lesson capacities have been designed to ensure that all pupils can socially distance while in lessons
  • Pupils will be in set groups with a designated coach, to minimise cross-contact
  • Marked activity zones for pupils and coaches
  • One-way systems around the gymnastics delivery area
  • Designated Drop off and Collection Zones
  • Designated bag zones
  • Hand sanitiser stations available during lessons
  • Gymnastics lesson activities have been reviewed to ensure we can teach a broad range of skills while ensuring COVID-19 Secure measures are maintained.

How long in advance do I need to arrive before the start time of gymnastics lessons?

All customers need to arrive, ‘gymnastics ready’, 5mins prior to their gymnastics lesson start time, in the centre specific Gymnastics Lesson Drop Off Zone. Gymnastics coaches and Centre staff will be on hand to support, to show where this area is and explain the whole customer journey process.

What does ‘gymnastics ready’ mean?

There will be no changing areas available. We ask that all pupils (junior and adult) arrive at the centre already changed and with their gymnastics clothes on. If for any reason you cannot get your child gymnastics ready before getting to the centre we will have limited areas for them to change.

Where do parents/ guardians spectate?

To ensure that all parents/guardians can social distance while spectating we ask that only one adult accompany a child/children to gymnastics lessons. Where possible, each centre has allocated specific spectating areas. This may be in the Viewing Gallery or a new area of the centre. We have prioritised Viewing Gallery Spectator provision for our under 8 year-olds, and pupils with additional needs.

Do I have to wear a face covering if I am spectating?

In line with Government regulations we ask all parents/guardians to wear a face covering while spectating gymnastics lessons in centre.

What if we are late?

The cut off time for all gymnastics lessons is the start time of the lesson; this is why we ask all customers to arrive ‘gymnastics ready’, 5mins prior to the lesson.

What if I have more than one child in different lessons, what do I do?

Where you have children in different lesson start times, both children can be taken to the Gymnastics Lesson Drop off Zone gymnastics ready. Your child can then stay with you in the spectator area until their lesson start time.

Who can I speak to if I have any questions?

The Gymnastics Coaches, or Centre Staff, will be able to answer any questions you may have about our new lessons.

Why are some lessons coming back but not others?

Creating COVID-19 Secure gymnastics lessons is a complex and challenging task. We want to make sure that we get the process right for the majority of our customers first before we bring back more of our gymnastics lesson programmes. We are constantly reviewing our programming and will keep all customers updated on when additional lessons will be brought back.

What if I am not ready to come back to gymnastics lessons?

If you are not ready to return to gymnastics you can freeze your membership for a further month. Please be aware that after the initial month, your place may be filled and if you do decide to return you may have to attend an alternative day.

What are the lesson ratios?

The ratios for gymnastics lessons will be dependent on each centre’s gymnastics facility capacity, following government guidance on indoor activities, but will always adhere to British Gymnastics ratio guidance.

Can participants take a bag into their gymnastics lesson?

We recommend that the majority of belongings are left with parents/guardians, however many centres will have designated Bag Zones within the gymnastics facility Please ensure your bags/belongings (ie drinks bottles) are named, and are placed in the designated area.

Will there be drinks breaks during the lessons?

There will be opportunities for pupils to have drinks breaks during each lesson. Please ensure you/your child brings a named bottle of water with them for the lesson.

My child has a disability – can they still attend their gymnastics lesson?

Yes, your child can still attend their lesson. We may need to speak to you prior to your child’s return, to discuss any specific requirements or considerations.