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Educational Gymnastics in Britain A popular conception of gymnastics today is of young girls in sparkly leotards with hair kept up in tightly bound buns.  This is a relatively new concept, with gymnastics originally being an all-male outdoor pursuit. Gymnastics has originated from several different sources, but all had the underlying principle of healthy movement. […]

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Educational Gymnastics: 24th May, Devon.

Educational Gymnastics

educational gymnastics

Children today are physically illiterate. The massive reduction in time spent in free play has led to a generation of people who have yet to experience the joy of movement.

Formal gymnastics (as seen at the Olympics) requires the child to strive to perform very specific skills. The end product of the skill is a desire for uniformity.

Educational Gymnastics starts with the child’s ability as they walk into your class and focusses on how they can develop themselves through exploration and guided discovery.

An example can be seen in this video.

This course will help Teachers and Coaches set up classes for children of all abilities and give you the confidence to create more interesting and varied lessons.

Course Content

  1. Introduction to Educational Gymnastics. Historical context, current gaps.
  2. The Movement Framework: why it is used.Educational gymnastics course
  3. Planning a lesson: structure, free practice, guided discovery, how to make the most of 45 minutes.
  4. Practice 1: Getting started and gym layout, essential equipment.
  5. Lunch
  6. guided discovery

    Using the body

    Practice 2: Space

  7. Practice 3: Body
  8. Practice 4: Relationship
  9. Practice 5: Effort
  10. Summary and overcoming common difficulties.

Each practice will include: working from a sample plan; expanding progressions and regressions; and adjusting for different abilities.

By the end of the course you will be able to use the planning template to organise a term of gymnastics lessons that suits pupils of all abilities.

If you are interested please email James Marshall at James@excelsiorgroup.co.uk 

Course location and booking details.

  • Location: Willand Village Hall, Gables Road, Willand. EX15 2PL
  • Time: 0930- 1530.
  • Cost £130 including lunch and course materials.
  • Early bird booking £110 by April 30th.

Course Tutor is James Marshall MSc.

James is the head coach of Excelsior Athletic Development Club  where 120 gymnasts train every week. He also teaches gymnastics in primary schools. He regularly tutors other coaches and p.e. teachers on workshops and coaching qualifications courses.

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Jess Bradley: European Tour Golfer
                I first worked with James in Devon Golf’s High Performance Group when I was 16. His attitude and enthusiasm towards training was the main reason I approached him whilst I was studying in the U.S.A to train with him again. He makes our sessions tough but enjoyable. He […]

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