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Posted on 03/08/2020 in Rhythmic

Statement from Scottish Governing Body CEOs

Our chief executive Doc McKelvey emailed members on Friday 31 July with an update following the First Minister’s briefing about the continuation of phase 3 of the route map through and out of Covdi-19. 

In his letter, he talked about joining chief executives from across Scottish sport governing bodies in writing to the First Minister, given the easing of restrictions in other sectors ahead of indoor sport. You can read a statement from the forum below and a copy of the letter sent to the First Minister.

Statement from Scottish Governing Bodies of Sport CEO Forum

Scottish Government Review of Lockdown: Thursday 30 July 2020

Following a formal communication sent to the First Minister on the morning of 30 July from 32 individual Scottish governing bodies of sport (SGB), the SGB CEO Forum welcomes the recognition by the First Minister of the requirement to move forward the re-opening of sports facilities. 

As a sector, we are disappointed that the indicative timescale for a return to sport is not sooner.  We have submitted evidence in mitigation of any risk to public health and ask for clarification as to what more compelling information is required to ensure our sports can return to activity and competition within the indicative dates given.

However, we will work with the Scottish Government and sportscotland to understand the level of evidence we need to provide so all requirements for indoor sport to safely return in late August can be met. As ever, we will react positively to any encouragement from Scottish Government to review the dates. 

We are especially concerned for those SGBs which only have the small 2020 summer window to restart their sport and competitions.  Without access to facilities – both indoor and outdoor, wet and dry – our member clubs cannot function and cannot contribute effectively to the recovery that the whole of Scotland so desperately wants and needs. 

As we are all aware the reality is that ‘sport-in-Scotland’ is more than just ‘sport’. This has been clearly demonstrated through the national focus on maintaining daily physical activity throughout lockdown and effectively contributes to the social fabric of our local communities as a whole through, although not exclusively: 

·  The health and wellbeing of the Scottish nation
·  Equality and inclusion
·  Contributing to effective learners
·  Mental health and wellbeing
·  Tackling obesity
·  Social inclusion
·  Women and girls in sport

With confirmation that other public spaces and venues in Scotland are now reopening and in recognition of the immense challenges facing the restart of the Scottish sporting sector, the SGB CEO Forum wishes to work quickly with Scottish Government, sportscotland and facility operators to establish a clear strategy to resume sport, for our members, clubs and communities.

Scottish Gymnastics fully supports the collective drive of Scottish governing bodies to reopen as many sport facilities in Scotland as quickly and safely as possible.

Letter from Scottish Governing Body CEOs

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Posted on 23/07/2020 in Rhythmic

Events Update July 2020

We wanted to share what we know so far about competitions to allow clubs to plan for their return. We have been working with British Gymnastics to understand the impact of their competition calendar too, along with discussions with each technical panel. 

The plans for any remaining events will continue to be reviewed and they will only take place if it is considered safe to do so. This depends on when clubs can resume activity. 

We are hosting discipline-specific zoom sessions in early August to support clubs as they plan to reopen when the Scottish Government confirms a date for the return of indoor gymnastics. 

Coaches will be invited to attend to hear more about protocols and guidance around return to training plans for their discipline, along with an update from the discipline’s technical panel including the competition calendar for the rest of the year. 

Having had such a long break in training, gymnasts will need a considerable period of training to regain their fitness, avoid injury and regain their level of skill. It is also very important to stress that clubs and coaches should only consider entering gymnasts for events if they are satisfied that they are ready physically, mentally and technically, following a progressive return to training.

Women’s Artistic
The Voluntary Levels 4-2 & 6 & 5 (8 years) on 3 and 4 October have been cancelled. The Voluntary Level 4, 5 and 6 Teams and Gordon Forster Team Challenge have been cancelled.

The women’s technical panel and Scottish Gymnastics will be assessing demand for possible events on 21/22 and 28/29 November if restrictions allow. The possibility of the Winter Floor and Vault competition in November will be reviewed based upon demand from the women’s artistic gymnastics community. 

Clubs will be asked to provide an indication of their ability and desire to participate in competitions as this will depend on when their own club is scheduled to reopen and the subsequent readiness of their gymnasts. The feedback provided by clubs will help shape the last few months of the women’s artistic gymnastics competition calendar in Scotland. Please be aware that there is still a possibility of all competitions being cancelled until 2021.

Men’s Artistic
All men’s events are cancelled until 2021. This means the floor and vault championships on 29 November will not go ahead. Details of the first event in 2021 will follow in due course.

Trampoline/DMT and Tumble
There are no events planned for the rest of this year. Details of the events in 2021 will follow in due course.

TeamGym
All TeamGym events are cancelled until 2021. This means the West TeamGym Micro on 22 November will not go ahead. Details of the events in 2021 will follow in due course.

Acro
The event on 3 and 4 October for NDP tournament and beginners’ competition has been cancelled. Jumblies on 12 December may still go ahead but will more than likely be in a different format depending on the progress made on reopening clubs and social distancing requirements. Further details will follow in the coming weeks.

Rhythmic
The event on 7 November for the Thistle Invitational will no longer take place at Engage Sports Centre, Edinburgh and we are scoping out making this a virtual event online. Further information will follow in the coming weeks.

Gymfest Perth
Unfortunately, Gymfest Perth on 14 and 15 November is being cancelled due to the number of gymnasts and spectators who normally attend this event along with the lack of time for clubs to prepare to perform. 

Schools
An update on schools’ events is pending feedback from British Schools Gymnastics Association on their plans for next year. It is unlikely that any regional heats will be able to go ahead this year given the potential constraints around schools returning in August and the potential impact on accessing gymnastics space in schools. Further details to follow in the coming weeks. 

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Posted on 30/06/2020 in Rhythmic

Safeguarding - Speak Up

We understand that many people have watched the recent Netflix documentary ‘Athlete A’. 
 
The documentary brings to the surface a wide range of shocking and unacceptable issues around abuse and wider cultural issues at USA Gymnastics which has opened up discussion on these areas.
 
Scottish Gymnastics is committed to making sure everyone can learn and enjoy gymnastics in a positive, safe and healthy environment.

If you have, or have had, any issues or concerns around behaviours and culture at your club, or during Scottish Gymnastics events or performance programmes, please speak up. 

Contact us confidentially on safegym@scottishgymnastics.org whether you are a gymnast, coach, parent or safeguarding Officer. 

Children and young people’s wellbeing is everyone’s responsibility

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Posted on 01/07/2020 in Rhythmic

Hardship Fund Applications Open

Scottish Gymnastics members can now apply for financial support through a special round of Hardship Grants funding (1 July).

Alongside the British Gymnastics Foundation, we’ve been working hard to make extra funds available to our members that are most in need during this difficult time. Through our Step Forward Plan, those going through significant financial hardship can now apply to receive funding that will help to keep them in the sport they love.
    
Applications can be made on the British Gymnastics Foundation website. We would like to actively encourage you to share this with your gymnasts, parents and club members, to ensure that they are aware of what is available to them at this time.
    
Before making an application, below are all the details you need to know. 
    
What is a Hardship Grant and how long have I got to apply?
The Hardship Grants Programme is an initiative from the British Gymnastics Foundation and was initially designed to provide financial assistance to British Gymnastics members to help them continue participating in gymnastics through times of significant financial hardship. The programme has been running for over five years now and has helped over 300 members.

Due to the current crisis, we are delivering a special round of funding for participants, which supports our members suffering financially. The grants can be used to help pay for the costs of participating in gymnastics for individual participants. Applications will remain open throughout July and August.
    
Who can apply for Hardship Grants funding?
In this special funding round for participants, the grants are open to current Scottish Gymnastics members who are in significant financial hardship and are at risk of dropping out of gymnastics as a result of Covid-19. 
Funding will not be awarded to any of the following:  
• Scottish Gymnastics members who are deemed to be financially capable of/or have the means to fund their involvement in gymnastics.
• Any person who has made a false claim in the past.  
• Gymnasts in receipt of UK Sport Lottery funding.
• Scottish Gymnastics staff members.

It is extremely important that you know we are here to support those most in need and at risk of dropping out of gymnastics completely. We will treat fraudulent claims very seriously and we strongly urge those who have the means to get back to gymnastics, to not apply. Doing so may result in charity funds not being available to support someone else who is in desperate need of our help.

Once an application has been made, what happens next?
Throughout July, August and September, alongside the Foundation, we will review all applications for funding. We aim to review all applications and notify each applicant of our award decision within a month of receiving their completed application. We will fully consider each individual case and we are committed to ensuring that everyone has the means to get back to gymnastics when it is safe to do so.

Apply for a hardship grant

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Posted on 26/06/2020 in Rhythmic

Step Forward Hardship Grants

Scottish Gymnastics members will be able to apply for financial support through a special round of Hardship Grants funding from Wednesday 1 July 2020.

We know that for some of our members, the Coronavirus (Covid-19) has had a devastating impact on their livelihoods, making a return to gymnastics feel impossible. That’s why, alongside the British Gymnastics Foundation, we’ve been working hard to make extra funds available to our members that are most in need. Through our Step Forward Plan, those going through significant financial hardship can apply to receive funding that will keep them in the sport they love.

Below are all the details you need to know before applications open on 1 July. If you do want to read more, you can do so on the British Gymnastics Foundation website.

What is a hardship grant and when can I apply for one?  
The Hardship Grants Programme is an initiative from the British Gymnastics Foundation and was initially designed to provide financial assistance to help members continue participating in gymnastics through times of significant financial hardship. The programme has been running for over five years now and has helped over 300 members.

Due to the current crisis, we have worked hard to make more funds available for the Hardship Grant Programme, to deliver a special round of funding for participants, which supports our members suffering financially in these difficult times. The grants can be used to help pay for the costs of participating in gymnastics for individual participants.

Applications will open on 1st July and will remain open throughout July and August. 

> Applications can be made on the British Gymnastics Foundation website.

Who can apply for a Hardship Grant?
In this special funding round for participants, the grants are open to current Scottish Gymnastics members who are in significant financial hardship and are at risk of dropping out of gymnastics as a result of Covid-19.  

Funding will not be awarded to any of the following:
• Scottish Gymnastics members who are deemed to be financially capable of/or have the means to fund their involvement in gymnastics.
• Any person who has made a false claim in the past.  
• Gymnasts in receipt of UK Sport Lottery funding.
• Scottish Gymnastics staff members.

It is extremely important that you know we are here to support those most in need and at risk of dropping out of gymnastics completely. We will treat fraudulent claims very seriously and we strongly urge those who have the means to get back to gymnastics, to not apply. Doing so may result in charity funds not being available to support someone else who is in desperate need of our help.

Once someone has applied, what happens next?
Throughout July, August and September, alongside the Foundation, we will be working hard to review all applications for funding. We aim to review all applications and notify each applicant of our award decision within a month of receiving their completed application. The British Gymnastics Foundation ordinarily runs one hardship grant application panel each quarter, but for this special participant round of funding, we will run as many 'grants panels' as is necessary to review all applications.

There will likely be many more applications than usual, so please bear with us as we work through this. We will fully consider each individual case and we are committed to ensuring that everyone has the means to get back to gymnastics when it is safe to do so.

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Posted on 06/06/2020 in Rhythmic

CEO interview on COVID-19 challenges

Arguably gymnastics will be one of the toughest sports to return to action after lockdown.

Scottish Gymnastics CEO Doc McKelvey spoke to Rhona McLeod Media on the challenges facing clubs and some disciplines more than others.

You can watch him discuss the aspects we are currently working on with British and Welsh Gymnastics, sportscotland, leisure trusts and our gymnastics equipment partners.

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Posted on 06/05/2020 in Rhythmic

COVID-19: NATIONAL EVENTS UPDATE

Following a review, Scottish Gymnastics and British Gymnastics have made the difficult decision to cancel upcoming events due to the impact of COVID-19.

Scottish Gymnastics Events
• Tumbling Club Grade League 3 and Championships and Scottish Championships Qualifier, 22 August, Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility
• Trampoline and DMT Scottish Championships Qualifier, 29 – 30 August, Bell's Sports Centre
• Women’s Voluntary Levels 6 and 5, 4 – 6 September, Bell's Sports Centre
• North of Scotland TeamGym Open, 5 September, Dundee International Sports Centre
• Men’s Grade Series 2 and Floor & Vault, 13 September, Hamilton Gymnastics Club
• Rhythmic Scottish Open Apparatus, 26 September, Beacon Sports Centre
• Trampoline, Tumbling and DMT Scottish Championships, 26 – 27 September, Bell's Sports Centre

British Gymnastics Events
• Trampoline British Championships, 3 – 5 July, Utilita Arena Birmingham
• Championships Series, 30 July – 2 August, M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool
• Adult British Championships, 8 – 9 August, Lilleshall National Sports Centre

Any tickets already bought for the Trampoline British Championships and the Championship Series will be refunded by the respective box offices at Utilita Arena Birmingham and the M&S Bank Arena. 

We understand and share the disappointment of the gymnasts, coaches and clubs involved but the health and wellbeing of our members is our main concern. 

We are all aware of the challenges the coronavirus has brought to our day-to-day lives, and we feel it is important to provide certainty at this time to help alleviate any concerns around competitions. 

We would also like to take this opportunity to make our community aware that Scottish Gymnastics and British Gymnastics are continuing to work together and with the technical committees and panels and our performance teams to look at options for each discipline for reviving their competition programmes later in the year. We will make further announcements about these plans when we can. 

Doc McKelvey
Scottish Gymnastics, CEO

Matthew Greenwood
British Gymnastics, Events Director

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Posted on 20/03/2020 in Rhythmic

COVID-19: UPDATE 20 MARCH

Further to the UK Government’s advice this evening, British Gymnastics, Scottish Gymnastics and Welsh Gymnastics now ask for all gymnastics clubs and providers within the UK to follow the directive and temporarily close their physical premises as soon as they reasonably can, to ensure social contact across the UK is minimised as much as possible.

The Government issued a mandate for venues including gyms, leisure centres, clubs, cafes, pubs and restaurants to close from this evening, Friday 20 March. The Government also announced an extensive package of further financial support to minimise the financial distress this UK wide directive will have on everyone concerned. 

We will all ensure in the coming days that we understand the financial support that you can access. We’d urge our clubs to continue to monitor communications as we share with you further updates on our dedicated Club Support page.   

Please bear with us over the next few days while we work through your questions and gather the information we need to support you early next week. 

Please rest assured that we are focussed on helping you through these uncertain times. 

Jane Allen MBE
British Gymnastics CEO

Doc McKelvey
Scottish Gymnastics CEO

Michelle Fulford
Welsh Gymnastics CEO

Our guidance page

Club guidance page

Statement on national events

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Posted on 16/03/2020 in Rhythmic

STATEMENT ON COVID-19: NATIONAL EVENTS

In light of the guidance from the Scottish Government regarding events and the further updates provided this evening by both the Scottish and UK Governments, Scottish Gymnastics has taken the difficult decision to cancel all national events until the end of June. 

This is a difficult decision however, in these uncertain times we hope it will provide some certainty within the gymnastics community. The decision is in line with that of British Gymnastics who have also announced the cancellation of national events up to the end of June. A full list of the events impacted by this cancellation is below. 

EVENT

DATE

VENUE

East of Scotland TeamGym Open

22/03/2020

22/03/2020

Meadowmill Sports Centre

Scottish National Artistic Championships 2020

28/03/2020

29/03/2020

Bells Sports Centre

Rhythmic NDP grades - Zone D

04/04/2020

04/04/2020

[EN]GAGE Edinburgh Napier Univeristy - Sighthill

National Grades 4-1 & 5 prep and compulsory 5-3

04/04/2020

05/04/2020

Bells Sports Centre

Regional grades 4-1 (WAG)

25/04/2020

26/04/2020

Bells Sports Centre

Gymfest 2020

01/05/2020

03/05/2020

Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility

Primary finals (schools)

09/05/2020

09/05/2020

Bells Sports Centre

Club grade league 2 and NDP team championships (Tumble)

10/05/2020

10/05/2020

The Peak

Scottish voluntary challenge and cup & floor and vault competition (MAG)

17/05/2020

17/05/2020

Bells Sports Centre

Club grade 6 and 5 (WAG)

23/05/2020

24/05/2020

Bells Sports Centre

Rhythmic Scottish Open Championships

30/05/2020

30/05/2020

[EN]GAGE Edinburgh Napier Univeristy - Sighthill

Scottish Rhythmic Level 1 and 2 Open Individual Apparatus

31/05/2020

31/05/2020

[EN]GAGE Edinburgh Napier Univeristy - Sighthill

School’s Gymfest

06/06/2020

06/06/2020

Bells Sports Centre

FIG Championships and team competition (Acro)

06/06/2020

07/06/2020

Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility

Summer floor and vault (WAG)

13/06/2020

13/06/2020

Bells Sports Centre

Scottish National TeamGym Championships and Thistle Tournament

13/06/2020

14/06/2020

Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility

Grades series 1 and floor and vault (qualifier)

21/06/2020

21/06/2020

Bells Sports Centre

We understand and share the disappointment of everyone involved and affected by this situation. However, our principal concern is the health and wellbeing of our gymnasts, their families, staff, volunteers, officials, coaches and supporters.

At this time the events have been listed as cancelled. However, we will be working with our technical panels and venues to see if it may be possible to reschedule some at a later date although this may not be possible. We will therefore be working to issue refunds of both gymnast entry fees and spectator tickets for the above events as soon as possible.

A further update will be issued tomorrow, Tuesday 17 March regarding additional Scottish Gymnastics activity including performance, education and safeguarding programmes and courses. We will also be issuing further advice for clubs.

In addition to this and in line with government guidance, the Scottish Gymnastics office will be transitioning to remote working. We therefore ask for the continued support and patience of our members as we make these changes over the coming days. Further information on this and contact details will be provided as soon as possible on our website and through social media.

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Posted on 11/03/2020 in Rhythmic

CPD FOR COACHES

We asked our level 1 and 2 coaches what support they needed.

You said, we did!

We have introduced a continuous professional development workshop called Coaching the Gymnast in Front of You.

This workshop will have you thinking about who you coach every week.

You don’t necessarily need to know everyone’s favourite colour or have a deep understanding of their beliefs to coach them effectively. 

But to consistently deliver a #GreatCoaching experience that motivates everyone to keep coming back, you do need to understand and connect with the people who attend your sessions. 

This new workshop is designed to support you to discover how to be truly person-centred in your coaching.  It will be delivered by our coach development team of Jay Runga and Lindsay Thomson in Edinburgh on Thursday 23 April from 6pm.

This is an opportunity to hone your people skills and learn from the experts. It will equip you with key person-centred strategies, enabling you to deliver sessions which tap into the feelings, thoughts and motivations of everyone you coach.

Jay said: “This workshop is a real insight into how to create the best environment possible for your gymnasts to thrive. It got me to rethink some of my current practices in terms of how I connect with the people I coach. 

“I think we often neglect some of the softer skills required to get the best out of your sessions and this workshop pulls all that together.” 

Join Jay and Lindsay for this workshop. Places are limited, so don’t miss out!

When: Thursday 23 April 2020 between 6pm and 9pm
Where: Caledonia House, 1 Redheughs Rigg, Edinburgh EH12 9DQ
Who for: Coaches coaching at recreational level 1-3
How much: £25

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