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IFAC Reflections Part 2
January 22, 2019
A review of Jerome Simian’s workshops on physical preparation for sport. I had to choose between different “strands” of coaching topics at the IFAC conference in Loughborough. A difficult choice, not wanting to miss out on some excellent speakers. I chose to attend Simian’s because of a quote I heard on the HMMR podcast: “I […]
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Educational Gymnastics

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 in hosting a course please email James Marshall at James@excelsiorgroup.co.uk 

Client Testimonials

Blundells School
James has a huge breath and depth of knowledge on fitness issues. He is able to implement this knowledge into a practical course both making the task of fitness and conditioning both different and interesting from other fitness training that most are familiar with. He understands the safety issues when dealing with young adults strength and conditioning programmes. Programmes he sets are tailored to the individual needs of the group. There was a huge amount of progress made with some of these individuals in terms of their understanding of fitness and their own fitness levels.
 
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Athletic Development Coach – WILLAND
20 Feb 2019

Athletic Development Coach Venue: WILLAND Date: Wednesday 20th February. Time 0900-1630. Booking deadline Friday 8 February Is the ‘Athletic Development Coach’ course for me? This particular course is for our junior members to attend. If you are interested in attending please contact Carly. What will I learn? Course Goals and Objectives Candidates will be expected […]

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