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Welsh Gymnastics has launched an exciting new rhythmic gymnastics recreational programme which will be piloted across a variety of clubs throughout the summer.

The programme has been created to help raise the profile of the rhythmic discipline and provide more opportunities for gymnasts to be able to participate in it within clubs across Wales.

It includes a range of resources for clubs to follow and utilise to get their members involved and excited about rhythmic gymnastics.

Resources such as:

-             Lesson plans

-             Take home resources for participants

-             Activity support cards

-             Pre-recorded videos

Among the clubs taking part in the pilot are Bedwas Gymnastics Club, Cardiff Olympic, Delyn Gymnastics Club, Explore Gymnastics, Haverfordwest Gymnastics Club & Valleys Gymnastics Academy.

“We decided to get involved with the rhythmic programme to gain knowledge, experience and to be able to bring new disciplines to our members,” said Abbie Collett, coach at Cardiff Olympic.

“The resources have been excellent; from session plans, game ideas and videos to help us on this journey.

"We were lucky enough to have the equipment needed, but we were also offered help in this department too and have been kindly been supported throughout.

“Our first session went very well and all gymnasts thoroughly enjoyed the ‘trip to the zoo’ using their hand-eye coordination, jumping skills, spin practise and even their imaginations.

“For some children, it was their first time doing a rhythmic session and they could not have enjoyed it more.

“The hope for the future is to have rhythmic sessions running throughout the year at our club – and gaining more experience doing so – allowing children to express themselves in other disciplines.”

Holly Broad, Welsh Gymnastics Performance Pathway Manager, said: “We’re thrilled to be piloting the rhythmic gymnastics recreational programme this summer with clubs throughout Wales.

“The recreational programme will form part of a wider project aimed at raising the profile of rhythmic gymnastics and creating more opportunities for individuals to participate in the discipline.”