About Recreational Gymnastics
Gymnastics is about “how the body moves” and it is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as a “foundation sport” for all physical activity and sports. Early participation in gymnastics develops:
- Fundamental movement skills.
- Physical and motor abilities.
- Social, mental and emotional abilities.
- Performance skills.
All of these skills and abilities carry over into all aspects of life, as a child, youth and adult.
Each and every child needs to be active from their earliest days. This develops physical literacy, and enables them to enjoy healthy, active lifestyles and a variety of activities. A few may go on to become the Olympians of the future, but the majority will simply go on to lead active lives. Some will continue to enjoy doing gymnastics and all of them will be well equipped to pursue other sports and activities.
Why recreational gymnastics?
Gymnastics’ roots and, the roots of almost every other sport, originate from several fundamental movement patterns. Every skill in gymnastics comes from one or more of these movement patterns:
- Stationary positions
- Object manipulation
When a child learns these skills early in life, these movement patterns:
- Enhance sport participation and enjoyment.
- Contribute to a healthy, active lifestyle.
- Provide basic physical and motor capabilities that we can draw on for a lifetime.
Allow those with the interest and ability to achieve success at any step of the competitive or recreational ladder in gymnastics