Posted on 10/03/2020 in Trampoline & DMT


Three Scottish gymnasts have been selected for the 2020 Trampoline, Tumbling and Double-mini Trampoline (DMT) European Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden from 7 to 10 May.

Fraser McLeod will make his first senior appearance for Great Britain in the men’s DMT team. The former Scottish junior gymnast of the year will be competing alongside British champion Daniel Berridge, Harrison Green, and Rhys Gray.

Our senior gymnast of the year Kim Beattie from Banchory Trampoline Club will lead the women’s DMT charge alongside Ruth Shevelan, Phoebe Williams and Bethany Williamson.

Junior gymnast of the year Sophie Campbell of Sapphire Gymnastics Club has been named in the junior British tumbling team with Georgi Issott, Naana Oppon, and Comfort Yeates.

Sophie’s coaches Jasmine and Danielle Lessani were understandably over the moon. Danielle said: 

“It is a massive achievement as only the top four girls and boys in the country go, so to be in that group is just incredible. It was a surreal experience for Sophie to go to the Europeans trial at Milton Keynes and she was a bit star struck to be sharing the track with the seniors.”

Danielle's sister Jasmine, the 2019 Scottish young coach of the year, added: “We’re absolutely overwhelmed. It is such a massive achievement at such a young age. We were not expecting it at all. 

“Danielle and I are travelling to Sweden with our family, gymnasts and parents from the club and will all be supporting Sophie. We hope it will inspire and encourage the gymnasts to aim for the level that Sophie has reached.”

Kim’s coach Melanie Stewart-Wills who has just become the assistant national technical lead for Scotland’s DMT performance programmes, said:“We are all absolutely delighted for Kim as she is selected once more to compete for Great Britain. 

“Kim has trained so hard for this and she will continue to do so as new passes are being developed to increase difficulty for this season’s competitions. As always, we know Kim will try her best and we wish her, and the British teams, every success at the European Championships.”

Congratulations to the gymnasts and their coaches on their selection. We look forward to cheering them on in May!

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Posted on 17/03/2020 in Rhythmic


As you may be aware yesterday, both Scottish Gymnastics and British Gymnastics made the difficult decision of cancelling all national gymnastics events until the end of June, including the FIG Gymnastics World Cup, Scottish Artistic Championships and the Artistic British Championships.

Last night the Scottish and UK Governments also announced further social distancing measures and instructed people to avoid social contact and gatherings where possible and that they should avoid non-essential travel. We are therefore communicating some further decisions which we have taken regarding Scottish Gymnastics’ programmes and activity. 

Scottish Gymnastics Activity

In line with this advice and in consultation with both British Gymnastics and Welsh Gymnastics, we have jointly taken the decision to suspend all Scottish Gymnastics sanctioned activity including education courses, safeguarding courses, performance programmes and club development workshops until the end of June. This decision also includes both travel and event permits for club activity which have been sanctioned by Scottish Gymnastics. This is in line with our decision on national events and hope that it will continue to provide an element of certainty for our members with regards Scottish Gymnastics activity.

In addition, both Scottish Gymnastics and British Gymnastics are following government guidelines and have instructed staff to work from home. British Gymnastics can be contacted in all the usual ways. Information on how to contact Scottish Gymnastics is available on the website and we will continue to issue communications in line with the latest guidance from the Government. 

Advice for Clubs

We understand that, for our clubs, the current social distancing advice will have a considerable effect on classes and training. During this difficult time we advise that you review the guidance and measures that have been introduced by the Government and carry out your own risk assessment to come to a decision on how you can continue to operate your club. We would continue to advise that the health and welfare of all club members and their families is at the forefront of your decision-making process and that all are aware of the symptoms of the virus. Some clubs may also be affected by other circumstances such as leisure centre and venue closures and we encourage you to keep regular dialogue with your venue operator. In addition, some clubs have already made the difficult decision to close temporarily. 

This evening the Government has issued a string of new financial measures that may assist clubs in the future and Scottish Gymnastics will be working with British Gymnastics to examine these measures with the view of assisting clubs to understand how they can be accessed. Our team will also be working on providing materials and further guidance to help all member clubs so that you can continue to stay informed and connected with your members.

Useful Information

UK Government

Scottish Government 

NHS Inform  

The business helpline number is 0300 303 0660. The helpline will be open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.30pm. Callers should select option one to speak to the COVID-19 team.

This is an ongoing and fast-moving situation and further updates will be provided by Scottish Gymnastics in line with Scottish and UK Government advice and guidance. 

On behalf of everybody at Scottish Gymnastics, please take care and let’s work together to minimise the impact of this pandemic on the sport we love.

Kind regards,

Doc McKelvey
Chief Executive Officer


Following yesterday’s updates from the Scottish and UK Governments and our statement regarding our national events, we recognise that further clarification is needed around club activity and wider Scottish Gymnastics courses and programmes. 

We strongly suggest that clubs consider the health and welfare of gymnasts, coaches, officials, volunteers and parents attending club activity, as well as making contact with their facility provider to determine their advice and policies around social distancing.

We are working to clarify what the government advice means for clubs and will provide a further update this evening following this afternoon’s government briefing.

Meanwhile, we have followed the government’s advice on working from home which means our office phones will not be answered. Our staff will continue to work remotely within normal hours of 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.


We know that many of you have concerns about the threat posed by Coronavirus (COVID-19), and I wanted to provide an update. Yesterday the Scottish and UK Governments moved from "containing" coronavirus to "delaying" it And the Scottish Government stated that, “from Monday all large gatherings above 500 people with the potential to impact the emergency services should be cancelled”.

We continue to review advice from Government agencies and liaise with the venue operators in relation to events and competitions in Britain and Scotland. This includes the Gymnastics World Cup, Gymnastics British Championships, Scottish Artistic Championships and regional qualification events and competitions. Above all else our principal concern is for the welfare of our members, gymnasts and staff. 

On Monday both Scottish Gymnastics and British Gymnastics will undertake another risk assessment and British Gymnastics will have further discussions with other federations and the FIG. If advice changes and we are required to cancel, we will communicate this as soon as possible.

Taking into account the various advice and following consultation, the events scheduled to be held on 14 and 15 March will be going ahead as planned: the Acro Scottish NDP & team Championships, FIG tournament and beginners’ competition, and Trampoline and DMT NDP Regional Team Finals Qualifiers. This decision has been taken in line with Scottish Government advice and following consultation with British Gymnastics, our technical panels and host venues. 

All clubs, gymnasts and spectators attending events are reminded of the current advice: if you have a fever (temperature) or persistent cough, you’re asked not to attend. If you are attending in any capacity, please follow the guidance of ‘Catch it, Bin it, Kill it’ and ensure you regularly wash your hands throughout the event. 

We’re mindful of the impact cancellations would have on qualification to continue through the pathway. We’re working closely with technical committees and other parties to understand what steps we would need to take to resolve any issues caused by cancellations, should this happen.

Understandably, we continue to receive a high volume of calls and enquiries from worried members and clubs. Our advice is to continue to follow the advice of Public Health authorities and the Government. 

Be mindful of advice regarding hand washing and self-isolation to take the precautions required to protect yourself and your members.  You’ll find more information and links further down this page.

We will continue to provide updates on this page as the situation continues to develop. 

The UK Government has recently published its action plan on containing the possible spread of the coronavirus. 
The coronavirus (COVID-19) is a type of virus that can affect humans and animals and can cause illness similar to common cold or possibly more serious respiratory illness. 
Scottish Gymnastics events
We do not plan to postpone or cancel any competitions or events. As it stands, clubs can continue to train as normal and all members should follow the advice on how to reduce your risk of getting and spreading the infection. Anyone showing symptoms should follow the reporting guidance through NHS inform. We will share updates wider if there are significant changes to training and competition attendance.
British Gymnastics events
British Gymnastics does not plan to postpone or cancel any more competitions or events, but is regularly reviewing government advice and liaising with the venue operators. This includes Arena Birmingham for the Gymnastics World Cup and the M&S Bank Arena for the Gymnastics British Championships. 
If your club is hosting a competition or festival in the near future, we would advise you follow the guidance set out by the UK Government.
We advise clubs and members who have concerns about coronavirus to read and follow the current advice published by the UK government. This advice is updated regularly and includes the latest information about the virus, preventing spread of infection, the current risk level, advice for and about returning travellers and what to do if you believe you have symptoms associated with the virus. 
The government’s current advice is available online and you can access it by clicking one of the following links.
Individual health advice is available by calling your GP or NHS 24 on 111 out of hours. 
ADVICE AND RESOURCES FOR CLUBS - preventing the spread of COVID-19
As with any other illness, all those involved in gymnastics in the UK are encouraged to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and avoid catching it by following government and NHS guidance. Information on how to do this is provided on the NHS website.
For clubs and partners offering community and leisure services, we support the government advice that hand hygiene should be strongly promoted and encouraged, and equipment and facilities should be thoroughly cleaned and wiped down as usual following use. 
You can download:
Below are some more resources from the NHS that be useful for you to print and display at your club and share with your members.
This page will be updated if any of our guidance changes or more information becomes available. 
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Posted on 13/02/2020 in Rhythmic

British Gymnastics server migration

British Gymnastics is relocating part of their IT infrastructure and therefore some services will be unavailable on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 March.
Although their website will be accessible, there will be no access from close of business on Friday 6 March to: 
> GymNet
> Membership renewal
> Membership registration
> Course prospectus, quick course finder and course enrolment
> The Academy
> GymShop

British Gymnastics is working hard to ensure minimum disruption and apologise for any inconvenience caused. Normal service will resume on Monday 9 March. 

Please note, this will not affect the Scottish Gymnastics website, online shop or absorb learning hub.

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Posted on 12/02/2020 in Rhythmic

50th purpose-built gymnastics facility opened
Meadowbank Gymnastics Club (GC) has become the 50th club in Scotland to open a purpose-built gymnastics facility.
This Scottish milestone was reached when the club opened the doors for the first classes in their new home in Mayfield, Dalkeith this month. They now plan to provide their community with opportunities to participate in gymnastics and progress through the competition pathway.
The club caters for children from 18 months to adults offering pre-school, beginner/recreational classes, adult classes, competitive floor and vault classes, competitive 4 piece (girls) and 6 piece (boys).
Meadowbank Gymnastics Club was formed in 1971 and was the first gymnastics club in Edinburgh and the Lothians and the first to offer gymnastics at all levels of ability. Training originally took place in the capital’s Meadowbank Sports Centre before classes were introduced in Danderhall, Mayfield and Gorebridge in Midlothian.
Founder and head coach Maggie Bisset dreamed of having their own facility for many years. After feeling “devasted” when the sports centre in Edinburgh was earmarked for closure, everyone at the club worked hard to achieve that ambition.
She said: “I cannot thank team MGC enough for their support in making this dream come true!  It has been a wonderful team effort with coaches, parents, gymnasts, family members and friends all involved in renovations, painting, donating items and more. Also, a big thank you to the Children’s Lottery and Social Investment Scotland for financial support and Scottish Gymnastics for their much-appreciated advice.
“For me, it was a very stressful experience at times but so worth the outcome! Meadowbank has its own home at last!”
Scottish Gymnastics club business manager Steven Maloney said: “It’s great to see all the hard work Meadowbank Gymnastics Club and partners have put in over the last year to get the facility they desired.  I’m sure all current and new members will appreciate this centre over the coming years.  Well done to everyone involved.”
Scottish Gymnastics set a target of more clubs owning or accessing quality gymnastics-specific facilities as part of its 12-year strategic plan. Thanks to the desire and passion of clubs, and the support in place, this goal is being achieved.
With the support of Scottish Gymnastics development team and £1.1 million of funding, an additional 29 clubs have moved into purpose-built facilities since 2014.
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Posted on 27/01/2020 in Rhythmic

Volunteer at 2020 Artistic Championships
The 2020 Scottish National Artistic Championships are coming to Bell’s Sports Centre, Perth on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 March and we are looking for volunteers to join our team!
This championship event brings together the country’s top men’s artistic and women’s artistic gymnasts to compete for coveted national titles.
So, if you’re 16 years of age (or older), have a passion for gymnastics and like the idea of being part of this fantastic event, we’d love to hear from you!
In return, as well as a fun-filled weekend of spectacular gymnastics, we’ll provide refreshments and one complimentary spectator ticket per day (out with volunteer duties).
If you’d like to be considered as a volunteer please complete THIS FORM before 20 February.
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Posted on 16/01/2020 in Rhythmic

Design a special leotard competition

We’re giving you the chance to design a special edition leotard to celebrate our 130th birthday and the first anniversary of our partnership with Quatro.

We've teamed up to bring you this unique competition which will see the winning design for a female and a male leotard go into production.

The leotards will then be sold in the Quatro shop and will also be available as an official training leotard for gymnasts on the Scotland national programmes. 

As well as seeing their design come to life, the winners will receive the leotard they created in a presentation frame.

To enter the competition, download the template, either print out or work online, and let your imagination take over. You can then add in your design notes and personal details, and send your entry to us before 4pm on Wednesday 12 February

You can send your digital design or take a good, clear photograph of your paper version and email it to communications@scottishgymnastics.org 
post your entry to us at Leotard Competition, Scottish Gymnastics, Caledonia House, 1 Redheughs Rigg, Edinburgh EH12 9DQ.

The winners will be chosen by a judging panel from Scottish Gymnastics and Quatro.

We look forward to seeing your amazing designs – good luck!

> download female leotard competition form 

> download male leotard competition form

> read the terms and conditions

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Posted on 13/01/2020 in Rhythmic

Scottish Gymnastics celebrates 130 years

Scottish Gymnastics turns 130 years old this year and we want members across the country to celebrate with us.

To mark this anniversary, we’ve unveiled a special edition of our logo and are working with our partners to create some merchandise and events.

The Scottish Amateur Gymnastics Association was founded as a voluntary organisation on 24 May 1890, by representatives of five Scottish gymnastics and athletic clubs. We’ve certainly grown over the past 130 years with over 165 clubs and we’ll be unveiling plans about how you and your club can join in the big birthday celebrations across the country.

We’ll be holding competitions you can enter – the first of these with our leotard partner Quatro will be revealed later this week so watch this space!

Scottish Gymnastics Chief Executive Doc McKelvey said: “We thought it was a good idea to kick off the new decade by celebrating this milestone anniversary and we hope you’ll join in the fun this year.

“It’s amazing when you see how the sport is thriving in Scotland now with more than three quarters of our members being female, that the sport began here as a way of building the physique of male British soldiers by increasing their strength, agility and flexibility.

“We look forward to the birthday year and continuing to work with and for our clubs and all our members throughout the decade ahead.”

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Posted on 18/12/2019 in Rhythmic

Free period products for members
Scottish Gymnastics has been awarded funding from sportscotland to give 43 clubs £100 each to provide free period products for members.
The £4,300 grant is part of a £50,000 fund awarded to sportscotland by the Scottish Government. By supporting clubs to offer free period products to participants and visitors, the fund supports Scottish Government’s aims to widen the availability of products beyond education and public sector settings. 
The investment means members, participants and visitors will be able to access free period products when they need them, so a normal thing like having a period doesn’t get in the way of taking part in sport. Clubs were selected based on areas most likely to need this kind of support.
Jacqueline Lynn, head of school and community sport at sportscotland, said: "Sport has a positive impact on people and communities and sportscotland wants to ensure sport is accessible to all. These grants will help sports clubs across Scotland ensure all members feel included, comfortable and dignified when they take part.” 
Steven Maloney, club business manager at Scottish Gymnastics, added: “This funding for our clubs is much appreciated as 85% of our members are female.
“Gymnastics clubs provide a safe, supportive environment for young people from all walks of life to enjoy the activity and what the club and coaches have to offer. As they spend significant amounts of time training and competing at their club they are more likely to discuss issues affecting them and hopefully that helps reduce the stigma of periods and ultimately with the provision of free period products, no-one has to miss out.”
In 2018 Scotland became the first country in the world to provide access to free sanitary products initially in schools, colleges and universities through direct investment from Scottish Government.
This was further enhanced in 2019 with the inclusion of leisure centre and libraries and most recently with this specific initiative supporting sports clubs to offer free products to participants and visitors, widening the availability of products beyond education and public sector settings. 
You can find more information, including best practice guides for distributing period products in your setting at Hey Girls – a not for profit social enterprise providing guidance and support to organisations looking to purchase environmentally friendly products. They are also tackling period poverty by providing access to products to low income families.
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Posted on 11/12/2019 in Rhythmic

The Rankin Memorial Floor and Vault Competition Fundraiser
Allander Gymnastics Club held their first ever Rankin Memorial Floor and Vault Competition on Sunday 8 December.
The club renamed their annual two-piece competition in honour of Chris Rankin who passed away in June. Chris was awarded a lifetime achievement award from Scottish Gymnastics last year and made a lasting impression on the club and all who knew him in the sport.
The competition with 280 gymnasts raised a phenomenal £8,928.20 for the Beatson Cancer Charity in his honour!
Calum McNair from Beatson Cancer Charity said: "On behalf of Beatson Cancer Charity I would like to thank Allander Gymnastics Club for their incredible support. 
"Without the club’s generosity, we couldn’t support the 8,000 new patients and their families who walk through the doors of the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre every year. Because of this, we can say to all those patients and families, ‘We’re with you’.”
As well as donations and discounts from many businesses large and small, there were teas, coffees, baking stall, raffle and tombola. The judges and Allander coaches donated their fees for the day to the charity.
Chris’s family attended the competition and presented the medals. The club expects to raise a good amount for the charity once all monies have been collected and thank all who helped make it a successful day.
Amanda Boucher from Irvine Bay Gymnastics Club said: "Irvine Bay were delighted to be part of this fantastic event. Chris Rankin was a legend in gymnastics. His enthusiasm, encouragement and passion for the sport, touched all who met him. It was an honour and a privilege to be part of an event dedicated to his memory. Chris's legacy will be the love for the sport he passed on, embodied in the smiles from all the gymnasts throughout the day. We're so glad we could be part of it".
Image: South Ayrshire 10 & 11years team, winners of the Rankin Memorial Team Shield (for the highest team score of the day), along with Irvine Bay 10 & 11 years team silver medallists. Pictured with Chris's daughter, Aileen Rankin and Calum McNair from the Beatson Cancer Charity.
Thanks to Margaret Zoma for sharing the pictures and story.
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Posted on 11/12/2019 in Rhythmic

Health and well-being this Christmas

With a ‘to do’ list as long as your arm, plus all the usual work and home commitments, life around Christmas time is full on!

With this in mind, perhaps finding a moment to check in with our body and mind is just the thing that’s required at Christmas to find a moment of calm, to reach some clarity and see what needs to be done, without the blind panic!

Body Scanning

Scanning the body requires mindfulness. Mindfulness seems like a strange word, implying the mind is ‘full’, and for people trying to empty their minds this may sound like the opposite of what is required. However, mindfulness is a form of ‘paying attention’ in the present moment. A mindful body scan is a useful technique to help you learn what your body does and doesn’t need in order to get the best from it. Body scanning can also give us lots of information about our internal worlds and the life we lead. 

The body scan can also help us begin to understand how stress and anxiety takes hold. 

What is Body Scanning?

•  Working with the sensation of physical pain
•  Exploring physical sensations and the emotions we feel
•  Building awareness of physical sensations to help understand our emotional state
•  Beginning to understand and use mindfulness as an approach to life

The Benefits of the Body Scan 

The body scan meditation is a deep investigation into the moment-to-moment experiences of the body. By bringing awareness and acknowledgment to whatever you feel or sense in the body, the body scan can be very helpful in working with stress, anxiety and physical pain.

While you may have heard about meditations that create out-of-body experiences, the object of the body scan is to have an “in-the-body” experience. In the body scan, you bring attention to the body, beginning with the left foot and ending at the top of the head.

This is a helpful mental health tool for gymnasts of all ages, whatever their stage of development. It could prove useful before and after competitions and generally through daily life to manage stresses and challenges faced.

We will be exploring this subject in more detail as part of our on-going series supporting the mental well-being of our members.

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