Benefits of Gymnastics

Extended participation in gymnastics or trampolining classes provides children with many physical, cognitive and psychological benefits. Skills children gain from participation in gymnastics or trampolining will continue benefiting them throughout their lives.

Physical Benefits

Cognitive Benefits

Psychological Benefits


SOCIAL – it helps children to understand socially acceptable behaviour, respect for other people, manners, sharing and waiting a turn. Co-operation and integration are encouraged at all times.

PHYSICAL – it contributes to the development of physical and motor skills It can lay the foundation for strength, endurance (muscular, respiratory, cardiovascular), agility, balance, flexibility, power, co-ordination, good posture and relaxation.

It also provides the child with the experience of managing their bodies with assurance and with a measure of success; body control, adaptability, coping with stress, monitoring a situation and responding to it, manual dexterity, improved accuracy, alertness, timing, ability to stop and start quickly, etc.

LINGUAL – it encourages the correct use of language when referring to sChildrens gymnasticskills, apparatus and motions, giving the children the opportunity to express their feelings and opinions.

INTELLECTUAL – it allows children the ability to think for themselves, to stimulate their imaginations and to solve problems safely.

CREATIVE – it gives children the opportunity to act out a creative theme, whether it be a fairy story, nursery rhyme or an everyday action such as things in the home, trip to the zoo, etc.

EMOTIONAL – it reinforces and enhances learning through the use of music, colours, numbers, shapes and vocabulary – beneath / behind, right / left, counting, etc.


What is the importance of play for a child?

The fundamental principle is that children learn through play and that it is central to all young children’s learning from birth through school years and beyond.

Play makes a major contribution to all aspects of children’s development and

learning and gymnastics and movement allows them to learn in a broad

variety of ways - listening, observing, talking, exploring, investigations and

ex perimenting whilst at the same time allowing them to draw their own

conclusions. Both children and coaches are encouraged to use their

imagination, act out situations and develop relationships



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