Correct Coaching Techniques

Qualities to Look for in a Children’s Gymnastics Class

Finding the right children’s gymnastics class for your little one is not overly dissimilar to finding the perfect preschool or primary for them to attend. After all, they will be spending much of their time there so it’s important to find a suitable fit. 

In this article, we’re going to list some of the qualities that you should look for in a children’s gymnastics class. This should enable you to make an informed decision when looking at what’s available in your local area.

Certification 

You should make sure that a gym is fully certified before sending your child off for a class. This will ensure that the gym itself is safe, insured, and that the employees have qualified backgrounds (having completed and passed a background check). It is also wise to check if the provider is registered with the British Gymnastics Association.

Quality coaches & staff 

Many gyms will offer a free trial class, which gives you the perfect opportunity to scope them out. Notice the way that the coaches interact with your child. Are they approachable, patient, and attentive? Do they appear to be knowledgeable? In order for your child to have an amazing gymnastics experience, you will want the right people supporting them.

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Image Copyright British Gymnastics Association 2020

Location 

Life is hectic enough without having to drive too far out of your way to drop your child off at their gymnastics class. So it’s important to try and find the right balance.

For those of you living in and around Plymouth, we have two locations, for your convenience: 

  • Gym Bubbas, Unit 27–30 Drake Mill Business Park, Estover, Plymouth, PL6 7PS
  • Gym Bubbas, Unit 7 and 8 Match Mill Business Park, Newnham Road, Plympton, Plymouth, PL7 4AW

Environment 

Pay attention to the quality and cleanliness of the gym and the equipment used. If your child is going to spend a fair amount of their time training and taking part in a gym, you’ll want their safety to be guaranteed. 

Class culture 

How flexible are the schedules? Are you satisfied with the size of the classes? Whilst it’s important for your child to have other children to interact with, if a class is too large, they might not get enough individual support and attention from the coaches. Again, finding a balance is the key.

Age range & variety 

Check to see if there are a number of different children’s gymnastics classes available? Do they offer classes for toddlers? It’s good to know that your little one will be able to interact with children of their own age, make friends, and develop their own support network.

Customer engagement 

The gymnastics instructors, coaches, and staff should all be approachable & transparent with regards to any questions that you might have. In addition to that, the feedback that they offer you and your children is very important. You should be able to tell whether or not a gymnastics class is going to be a suitable environment for your child after an initial discussion with the team. 

Affordability 

Find out as to whether or not the gym’s fees fit within your budget. Having children is expensive but allowing them to take part in extracurricular activities can be of such great benefit to their development. Thus, you must endeavour to find a children’s gymnastics class that offers you great value for money. Consider all costs involved, for example: if you find something further afield which is cheaper, factor in fuel consumption and travel time. 

Free trial classes 

Take full advantage of a free trial class if one is offered. This will allow you to gauge as to whether or not the class is suitable for your child. If you’re interested in exploring our services further, then please feel free to get your little one booked in at your convenience. We’re always happy to welcome a new member!