Posted on 23/09/2019 in Acrobatic


Three of Scotland’s top athletes are supporting Scottish Gymnastics’ long-term commitment to improving the mental wellbeing of members. 

Scotland's most successful gymnast Dan Purvis, 400m sprinter Eilidh Doyle and judo’s Euan Burton talk about their mental fitness on the brand-new Scottish Gymnastics podcast, which begins next week. They have all represented their country at Olympic and Commonwealth Games, and world and European championships.

Scottish Gymnastics recognises the importance of supporting mental health and fitness across the membership, board and staff teams and is committed to making mental wellbeing a priority area for the remainder of the strategic plan, providing support across all areas.

The mental fitness programme began this summer with a series of workshops for athletes on the performance programmes and their parents, and coaches.

The podcast series over six months will combine athlete stories with practical tools and exercises to help support young gymnasts balance their mental fitness along with their physical conditioning and skills training. The first episode on 30 September features Dan talking about the stick he got for being a boy who did gymnastics in a football-mad home town, injuries, his strategies for competitions and the challenges that come with retiring from competing.

Dan said: “The Scottish Gymnastics podcast will be absolutely fantastic and I think it’s what kids, especially growing up now, need. It’s a different world, there’s a lot on social media and everything like that. 

“Having someone like myself and other athletes who have been through it all from when they were little all the way to the top, it’s important to hear our side of it and hear about our struggles as it can be very similar especially really key things like deselection, injuries, competition pressures on wanting to perform. So listening to other athletes who have been there I think it’ll be excellent and fantastic for the kids growing up to listen to.”

Scottish Gymnastics Head of Performance and Education, Sam Hendrikson explained more about the programme, saying: “Sport is amazing as it offers so many positives and benefits but it also can be tough. You work hard for your personal goals and results, which is great when things are going well. But how do you cope when things are not so good, whether in the gym or if you have other distractions, issues at school or work or other pressures.

“Hearing from athletes who have competed at the very top and won Olympic medals will help gymnasts understand how others have come through difficult times in their sporting journey, and that support is available – you are not alone.

“The series is hosted by a wellness consultant and a psychotherapist and although the tools in the podcasts are aimed at helping gymnasts, they are useful for parents and coaches, and indeed everyone, whether they are involved in sport or not.

“We are really excited about the series and grateful to Dan, Eilidh and Euan for being so open and honest in their podcasts, sharing their experiences which will help young athletes hoping to be just as successful in their own sporting careers.” 

You can find the Scottish Gymnastics podcast from Monday 30 September on Spotify, iTunes, Deezer, iHeartRadio, Google Podcasts, Spreaker and Castbox.

• 30th September: Daniel Purvis
• October: TOOL 1 - Breathing 
• November: Eilidh Doyle 
• December: TOOL 2 - Body scan 
• January: TOOL 3 + 4 Visualisation & competitive anchoring
• February: Euan Burton 

Image: Dan Purvis competing at the London 2012 Olympic Games where he won team bronze. Courtesy of British Gymnastics/copyright Alan Edwards

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Posted on 17/09/2019 in Acrobatic


Scottish Gymnastics is launching a brand-new leadership programme for young people and adults.

The Scottish Gymnastics Leadership award is accredited through Sports Leaders but takes things a step further with two unique modules focusing on understanding self and putting effective leadership into practice

The course is aimed at club members from the age of 12 who are starting their leadership journey and adults who want to help in the club. They will also learn about communication and planning which will give them the skills to lead confidently and competently whether they move into coaching, judging or an administrative role within their club.  

Club business manager, Jacqui Stone, said: “We are the first sports governing body in the UK who is using the award in this way by making it relevant to two audiences and by creating two bespoke modules for our members. 

“It was our clubs who identified a need for a programme to support their young people through leadership training. While we were designing the programme, it became clear it could also be used for adults helping at the club who had not had any formal training. 

“This will become the first core step on our leadership pathway which is for our members to benefit through networking and sharing resources. Having accredited the programme, Sports Leaders really like it and want to use it as an example in conversations with other sports.”

The course will be delivered locally by specially-trained tutors using our new learner logbook and tutor resource. 

We would like to hear from anyone who is interested in becoming a tutor.  You do not need experience in this area as full training will be given so you are confident helping the next generation of leaders. However, the role may suit people who have been through our leadership programmes or tutors in other areas.
The first train the trainer session is being held in Edinburgh on Tuesday 29 October. Please contact Jacqui.stone@scottishgymnastics.org to express your interest in being involved.

Once tutors have been trained, we will let clubs know more about the programme so they can organise a course to be held for their members.

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Posted on 17/09/2019 in Acrobatic


The Scottish Gymnastics 2019 leadership academy programme has begun with a residential weekend in Stirling.

Ten leaders have been selected and for first time since the programme was introduced three years ago, all are women. They represent clubs across Scotland offering a wide range of disciplines and coming from different backgrounds, they bring diverse experience to the academy.

The opening weekend allowed the cohort to focus on themselves, thinking about their values, looking at their personality style, and starting to shape their plan for the future. Among those helping them through this process was Bruce Milroy, director of Ethos Consulting who specialises in leadership development and psychology.

Bruce said: “I’ve been talking about behavioural economics and how you create a really great working environment that allows your people to feel supported and be the best they can be. We’ve got a fantastic cohort, all women this year, and it’s been a pleasure being here.”

Among the new leaders is Izzy Milns-Smith who said: “I’ve really enjoyed it so far and got a lot out of it. It’s been quite brain itchy, making me think about myself! I’ve got a better idea of my values and it made me think about where everyone in my team sits and their values so I can give people the right tasks and respond well to them.”

Scottish Gymnastics club business manager, Jacqui Stone, added: “I’m excited to see the leaders’ journeys unfold over the year as they were incredibly open and honest in the first weekend, sharing stories with each other.

One of the programme’s biggest opportunities is the networking and I feel this year’s candidates will really support each other which will help them grow in ways beyond what we can teach in the classroom.”

This year’s leaders are:
Sandra Simpson Donside
Gina True Dumfries Y
Nicola Hogg Ibex
Lauren Hall Ibex
Debbie Johnston JUMP
Laura Tracey JUMP
Sarah Cowan Saltire
Isobel Milns-Smith Sparta
Luisa McFarlane West Dunbartonshire
Val Purves West Lothian

The programme continues in December when Isla McCrone from Action Provocateurs leads a session on managing self.


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Posted on 16/09/2019 in Acrobatic


The key resolution at this weekend's annual general meeting is a proposed change to the membership fees which affects every member of Scottish Gymnastics.

We need voting members to have their say at the AGM in Stirling on Sunday, or exercise their proxy vote before 1pm on Friday. Every club registered with Scottish Gymnastics is a voting member and has two votes each.

In 2015, when Scottish Gymnastics increased membership fees in line with British Gymnastics levels, it ensured that gymnastic participants across the UK were all paying the same level of fees. Earlier this year British Gymnastics applied an increase of £2 per member to individual fee levels.

Scottish Gymnastics agrees that an increase is required at this time, mainly due to rising insurance costs and the impact of inflation on our annual operating budget. However, we also recognise that the current membership period is effectively being reduced by one month. An increase in line with British Gymnastics will allow us to continue to provide the best support, products and services, also ensuring that all gymnastics participants across the UK, continue to pay membership at the same level.

The board’s proposal to the AGM is to increase fees to the same level as British Gymnastics, effective from 1st November 2019. This proposal will allow existing and new members the opportunity to renew before 1st November in advance of any potential fee increase, thereby providing some level of balance to the shortening of the last membership year.

We hope to see voting members at the AGM on Sunday at 1pm in the Stirling Court Hotel, University of Stirling. Alternatively, you can still exercise your vote by submitting a proxy notice which essentially appoints someone who will be at the meeting to place your vote as instructed. 

You can find the resolutions, reply slip and how to proxy vote on our dedicated AGM page.

We look forward to hearing from member clubs and seeing you on Sunday.

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Posted on 12/09/2019 in Rhythmic


There were over 110 nominations for individuals and clubs who have been outstanding in their contribution to our sport by fellow gymnasts, colleagues, coaches and family members.

From the nominees we have whittled it down to 23 finalists across seven categories.  The winners of each category will now be decided by Scottish Gymnastics Chair, Technical Director (Olympic disciplines), Technical Director (non-Olympic disciplines) and an Independent representative before they are announced at our awards evening at the Radisson Blu Hotel on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile on Saturday 9 November.

Each finalist will be invited as a guest to the glittering reception in November, you can buy your tickets now to ensure you are there on the evening.

Congratulations to all the finalists in each category.


Gymnova Club of the Year

Dumfries Y Gymnastics Club

Dynamic Gymnastics Academy 

Sparta Trampoline Club 

West Lothian Artistic


KUKRI Coach of the Year

Suzanne Fraser – Acrobay Gymnastics Trust 

Melanie Stewart Wills – Banchory Trampoline Club 

Jacqueline Inglis – Forth Valley Gymnastics Club 


Quatro Junior Gymnast of the Year

Cameron Lynn – West Lothian Artistic

Keir Davidson – Tiggers Trampoline Club 

Sophie Campbell – Sapphire Gymnastics Club


Gymdata Official of the Year

Tracey Findlay

Lynn Simpson – Flyers Trampoline Club 

Andy Youl – East Kilbride Gymnastics Club 


W Denis Senior Gymnast of the Year

Louise Christie – Beacon Rhythmic Gymnastics 

Kim Beattie – Banchory Trampoline Club 

Erin Henderson, Sacha Muir & Chloe Rowlands – Acrobay Gymnastics Trust 


Morton Fraser Volunteer of the Year

Emily Richardson – Dumfries Y Gymnastics Club 

Lindsay Rutherford – City of Edinburgh Gymnastics Club 

Fiona Ashton-Jones – Carnegie Spartan Gymnatsics Club 


BDO Young Coach of the Year

Ciorstan Gordon – City of Edinburgh Gymnastics Club 

Stephen Tonge – West Lothian Artistic

Jasmine Lessani – Sapphire Gymnastics Club 

Emma Melville – Astro Gymnastics 

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Posted on 26/08/2019 in Acrobatic


Scottish Gymnastics in partnership with Scottish Athletics seeks to identify a HR advisor to work with our member clubs. 
As part of our work supporting member clubs to achieve their ambitions across both sports, it is apparent that there is a distinct need for advice and guidance for clubs dealing with a range of HR issues. 
This tender below seeks to identify a HR advisor, whether an individual or a company who identifies a specific individual, to be able to provide a range of HR advice and resources to support our development teams and work directly with our member clubs when the need arises. 
If you would like to apply or to find out more please click on the full invitation to tender document

Completed application forms should be returned to Steve Paige (Head of Development) steve.paige@scottishgymnastics.org by 12noon on Monday 9 September

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Posted on 15/08/2019 in Trampoline & DMT


Thirty trampoline, tumbling and double mini trampoline (DMT) gymnasts have been selected to represent Scotland at the Loulé Cup in Portugal on Friday 11 and Saturday 12 October. 

This is the first time that Scotland has sent a delegation to the event although a number of gymnasts have represented Great Britain previously.

This is the largest number of gymnasts to represent Scotland at a single international event across a variety of disciplines.

Performance Manager, Wendy Purdie, said:

Its an exciting time for these disciplines, it has been great to see the growth in all three over recent years. Loule cup is a great opportunity for Scottish trampoline, tumble and DMT gymnasts to gain international experience and compete against some of the best in Europe.

Congratulations to all gymnasts, coaches and team managers selected to travel to Portugal!


Robert Burns - Glasgow
Leo Forrest - Flyers
Leonard Holm-Huxley - Tiggers
Sarah Gallacher - Glasgow
Keir Davidson - Tiggers
John Buist - Flyers

Trampoline Coaches
Gary Short
Frances Murphy - Glasgow

Aaron Steel - Durham
Lois Anderson - Sapphire
Kwaama Sensie - Sapphire
Heather Hughes - Sapphire
Milly Taylor - Dynamite
Darci Tierney - Sapphire
Rachael Auld - Dynamite
Sophie Brown - Dynamite
Tumbling Coaches
Dan Lannigan - Durham
Jasmine Lessani - Sapphire

Double Mini Trampoline
U13 Girls
Lucy Larg – Flyers

U13 Boys
Thomas Campbell - Dynamite
Taylor Matthews - Tay
Riley Summers - Dynamite

13-14 Girls
Ava Fettes - Banchory
Hannah Brown - Dynamite
Madeline Smith – City of Edinburgh
Ellie Stewart - Alba

Junior Girls
Kelly Wynne – City of Edinburgh

Junior Boys
Josh Murray - Banchory
Oscar Birrell - Flyers
Otto Ball – Donside

Senior Women
Caitlin O’Brien – City of Edinburgh
Kim Beattie - Banchory
Ciara Donleavy – City of Edinburgh
Morgan James - Banchory

DMT Team Coaches
Tom Holman
Lauren Jeffrey - City of Edinburgh

Delegation Judges:
Lynn Simpson
Laura Smith
Brian Scott
Bruce Craig

Delegation team managers:
Debie McPhee
Second team manger tbc

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Posted on 12/08/2019 in Acrobatic

New Positive Coaching eLearning course launched

British Gymnastics are excited to announce the launch of our new eLearning course on the topic of ‘Positive Coaching’.

We believe in the importance of safe participation for everyone in gymnastics. The topic of positive coaching features throughout our coach education, but we felt it important to supplement this by providing more professional development for our community. We are confident that our community share our belief in the importance of this subject and hope that they will feel the content is valuable.

The course is free for all our members who hold a Level 2 or above coaching qualification and is compulsory. Those who renew their membership in September 2019, will have from now until September 2020 to complete the course. For those who are due to renew in January 2020 or beyond, the course will need to be completed prior to renewal.

The course aims to raise awareness on how different belief systems impact coaching behaviours and the coach-participant relationship. It provides relevant examples, opportunities to reflect, and strategies that coaches can apply directly to their coaching.

Men’s Artistic Head National Coach, Paul Hall MBE recently completed the course:

As a coach, I know the value of good feedback and, having just completed the Positive Coaching eLearning course, I would recommend it to everyone involved in the sport. Its message is well presented, and I found the course to be an essential tool in creating a safe and effective coaching environment.

If ou are Level 2 or above qualified coach, you can now enrol. Once enrolled, an email will be sent with further instructions on how to access and complete the course in our Academy. 

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Posted on 09/08/2019 in Acrobatic


Help us to shape our education course calendar for 2020 and win a free place on course on a course of your choice!

If you want to attend a coaching or judging course next year, we would be grateful if you could complete a short survey. Whether you are an aspiring coach or judge or looking to progress to the next level of qualification, our education team needs your input to help us create a calendar for 2020 which can cater for demand across the country.

By adding your email address to the survey, you will be automatically added to a draw to win a free place on the course of your choice in 2020. The winner will be selected at random after the closing date.

The closing date for the survey is Tuesday 27 August. Don’t miss your chance to tell us what you would like to see on our calendar next year.

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Posted on 08/07/2019 in Trampoline & DMT


Scottish gymnasts, who were representing Great Britain in the Scalibis Cup, returned from Portugal with four individual medals last weekend.  

Sapphire Gymnastics Club’s Sophie Campbell (pictured below), competing in her first international competition, earned the gold medal in the U12 tumbling competition. Sophie qualified for the final in second place behind Great Britain team-mate Jaeda-Lei Jeffers. In the final Sophie produced the better executed pass to win gold by 0.100, on a final score of 31.100 and help her Great Britian team earn top spot. 

Scottish and British Champion, Kim Beattie, from Banchory Trampoline Club won the gold medal in the Open Female DMT (double mini trampoline) competition on 67.200. Kim qualified in first place, two marks clear of Haley Nakonechni from Canada, in the final winning by 1.300 from Melania Rodriguez Muñoz of Spain. Also competing in the Open Female DMT competition were Ciara Donlevy (City of Edinburgh / Banchory Trampoline Club) and Caitlin O’Brien (City of Edinburgh) who finished ninth and 15th in qualification. All three Scottish gymnasts contributing to the team gold ahead of Canada. 

Ava Fettes (pictured below), also from Banchory Trampoline Club, earned gold in the U14 competition.  In her first season in this age group Ava did well to qualify for the final in fourth place and produced two well executed passes to win the gold medal on 62.600, Ava’s scores helping the Great Britain team win gold.

Darci Tierney (Sapphire) earned a silver medal in the U14 Tumbling competition. Qualifying for the final in second place she produced a great pass to clinch the silver medal with a score of 30.500 ahead of British team-mate Hope Sutherland who came third. Darci contributing to silver for the Brittish team.  

Keir Davidson (Tiggers Trampoline Club) did well to qualify for the final of the U14 Men’s Trampoline competition which has over 45 gymnasts competing. Qualifying for the final in fifth place on 90.620 Keir finished in eighth place.

Congratulations to all the Scottish gymnasts who represented Great Britain at the Scalibis Cup!   

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