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Why Parkour should stay out of the Olympics
December 12, 2018
Parkour as an Olympic Sport? The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) has included Parkour as a new gymnastics discipline to be included in the Olympics. This is a concern for all those who enjoy the freedom of expression and creativity that is at the heart of Parkour. Young men running and jumping through the woods is […]
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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 

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London Welsh RFC
James has provided a wealth of experience and expertise to the Academy set up at London Welsh RFC in recent years. He has addressed both the physical and mental development of the players through innovative, player and position specific programmes which have resulted in each individual within the group developing towards their potential.
 
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Sports Performance Workshop: Willand
02 Jan 2019

Sporting success starts here

  • Are you a sporting teenager who wants to get better? 
  • Do you play more than 1 sport?
  • Do you want specific advice on how you can prepare for the matches ahead?
  • Do you want to know how to balance school/ club sporting commitments?
  • This day is for you. 

The Day will include: 

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