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Throughout the school summer holidays, Welsh Gymnastics have run a series of free online workshops for young sport leaders.

The virtual workshops, run over Zoom, have been accessed by more than 100 young people, ranging between 11 and 16 years old, from 26 different clubs – with many also achieving 100 per cent attendance across the whole five-week series.

Sessions have covered topics such as:
• Gymnastics in the “New Normal”
• Roles & Responsibilities of a sport leader
• How Covid-19 has affected gymnastics clubs & coaching
• Running warm up & cool down activities whilst socially distanced/online
• Effective communication

The leaders have taken part in a range of presentations, quizzes, discussions as well as learning a range of new games, incidental Welsh language and basic Makaton/sign language. Many of the leaders have completed weekly tasks to continue to develop and refine their leadership skills.

The feedback we have received from the sport leaders and clubs across Wales has been fantastic, but don’t just take our word for it...

What the sports leaders said:

"I thoroughly enjoyed all the young leader workshops as I loved engaging, listening, and learning with other young leaders from different clubs. My favourite workshop was the “New Normal”. This made me more aware of the current situation and how it impacted in gymnastics. From this session I gained more confidence and a better understanding on how to young lead through the pandemic. I would 100 per cent recommend these courses to other young leaders and I would love to attend more in the future as it prepares me for being a coach in years to come."Ellie Court, aged 13, Valleys Gymnastics Academy 

"I would say my highlight of the course was learning Makaton to understand the child because I feel like this will benefit me, as I won’t have a limit on the children I can help coach. I believe I have taken away new information on how to teach young people on how to do gymnastics while abiding to the COVID restrictions."Jessica McNulty, aged 16, West Street Gymnastics Centre

"I have taken a lot of notes from these online sessions and will use them when I get back to sports leading in the gym; I have also taken away lots of different games from session 4 that I will do in the gym."Eve Puplett, aged 15, Olympus Gymnastics Club 

“The sessions have helped me to understand how to talk to the younger gymnasts better. I want to be a leader who the younger ones can look up to.”Jordain Gibbon, aged 14, Torfaen Academy of Gymnastics


What our clubs said:

“The Welsh Gymnastics sport leader online sessions delivered this summer have been fantastic. They have helped ensure that 15 of our excellent volunteer leaders, aged between 11 and 16 years, remain fully engaged in the club whilst preparing them for our re-opening in September. We look forward to working with Welsh Gymnastics in the future to ensure all our leaders continue to benefit from their thoroughly engaging and well thought out online workshops. Thank you Welsh Gymnastics from all of us at Ruthin and Denbigh Gymnastics Club. Diolch yn fawr iawn.”Tamsin Jones & Louise Blundy, Ruthin & Denbigh Gymnastics Club


What we said:

"The online sessions have been a wonderful opportunity to get so many young people from across Wales collaborating, sharing ideas, and supporting one another and develop their leaderships skills. As the tutor of these sessions, I have been so proud of the leaders who have engaged and contributed to the sessions. I am excited for the future of gymnastics in Wales and to see them become coaches of the future."Kathryn Cope, Welsh Gymnastics Club and Community Officer 


Welsh Gymnastics would like to give special recognition to the following sports leaders who have shown a high level of maturity, contributions and dedication in the sessions and their leadership work.

Amelia Bailey



Charlie Williams

Valleys GA


Ellie Court

Valleys GA


Eve Puplett

Olympus GC


Isabel Robert

Deeside GC


Jessica McNulty

West Street GC


Jordain Gibbon

Tofaen GA


Kyra Liddington

Fusion GC


Maisy Wilcocks

Llandrindod Dragons GC


Sienna Halpin

Newport Acro GC




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