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With only 20 days to go until the Olympic Games in Rio, Welsh Gymnastics (WG) has today (Saturday 16th July) launched a new legacy programme with the aim of creating future Welsh Olympians. The legacy plan is three fold;

  1. An £8000 workforce fund will be made available to support coaches who are dedicated to contribute to and strengthen the performance pathways in Artistic Gymnastics across Wales
  2. A Club Passport scheme will launch to mark the start of our future hopes’ journey from the 2016 Olympics to 2018 Commonwealth Games, with merchandise sent to clubs to track their participation in WG competitions over the following two years
  3. To engage gymnastics clubs across Wales to join in with Olympic celebrations throughout August 2016 and share their plans with WG and the gymnastics community

With the Olympic Games taking place in Rio this summer, Welsh Gymnastics is preparing for the surge in children across Wales wanting to join in with the best sport in the world – gymnastics. Gymnasts from Cardiff central Youth Club joined Welsh Gymnastics' Head of Development, Siwan Davies, to launch the 2016 Olympic Legacy with a display as part of the Novice Agility Championships held in Sport Wales National Centre in Cardiff. 

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Siwan Davies, Head of Development and Holly Broad, Performance and Talent Development Manager join launch the Welsh Gymnastics 2016 Olympic Legacy

 CREATING CHAMPIONS

After the success of the Welsh Gymnastics Rhythmic Legacy following Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, WG’s ambition is to provide support to talented coaches, who are dedicated to contribute to and strengthen the performance pathways in Artistic Gymnastics across Wales and to develop future Welsh Olympians. Welsh Gymnastics is pleased to announce, as part of its 2016 Olympic legacy programme, the launch of the 2016 Artistic Performance and Talent Development Coaching Fund; Creating Champions.

The £8000 legacy fund is aimed at upskilling existing, committed Men’s and Women’s Artistic coaches, who already hold a coaching qualification of a Level 2 or higher in their chosen discipline. This is an exciting opportunity which will provide an opportunity for coaches in Wales to develop their existing knowledge and further strengthen the Artistic Gymnastics performance pathways across Wales. Olympians need the best coaches; committed and passionate about their sport. So if you think you’ve got what it takes to progress along the artistic coaching performance pathway, then we want to hear from you.

Application for the Creating Champions legacy fund is now open, allowing Welsh Gymnastics members the chance to apply for funding to help achieve their coaching qualifications at Level 3 (including technical modules, assessments and theory course), 4 or 5. To check whether you qualify for the funding, please read all information, including Terms & Conditions, which can be found below.

If you think you fit the criteria and want to help shape Wales’ future gymnastics champions, application forms can be found below. All applications must be submitted to holly.broad@welshgymnastics.org by 12noon on Friday 19th August 2016.

Creating Champions Coaching Fund Application Form

Creating Champions Coaching Fund T&Cs


 CREATING COMMUNITIES

Our clubs are the beating heart of our membership; with 97 clubs now affiliated across Wales and over 22,000 members enjoying the benefits of gymnastics, we want to ensure all clubs across the country can follow our Welsh elite gymnasts on their path to the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

The Welsh Gymnastics Club Passport is a new initiative launching this month, ahead of the Rio Olympics in August. Your club passport will be the gateway to the Welsh Gymnastics’ calendar of competitions over the next two years. For each competition your club takes part in, you will receive a stamp as you journey from Rio 2016 to Gold Coast 2018, supporting our gymnasts on their road to success.

As your clubs compete across the year, your club passport will be stamped each time, with automatic entry into seasonal competitions to win prizes and special visits from Wales’ top gymnasts.

Welsh Gymnastics will be posting your Club Passport information pack out across the summer in time for the next competition season in September. 

Why not kick-start the journey with your very own Rio-themed club celebration, marking the amazing summer of sport?  Show WG your club plans to celebrate the Olympics for the chance to earn an extra stamp on your Club Passport. Email sophie.jenkins@welshgymnastics.org with details of your club's Olympic-themed events.