Scottish Gymnastics Award Scheme

The Scottish Gymnastics Skill Awards have enabled thousands of gymnasts across the country to develop for many years.

We conducted research over a two-year period to understand the use of recreational programmes across the UK. The feedback showed a need to modernise the delivery of recreational gymnastics with a joined-up programme of coaching, skill awards and competition.  We have listened to members and are replacing the current skill awards with a modern and exciting programme which we believe will appeal to clubs, coaches, and gymnasts. 

Don’t worry, we are not switching off the awards immediately as we know they are still being used and gymnasts who are part way through the programme may wish to complete their award.  We have a stock of certificates and badges that we will continue to sell at a discounted price and once they have gone, we will not be re-ordering.   

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The Skill Awards are being replaced with Rise Gymnastics, a fun-packed programme providing a progressive journey through recreational gymnastics which is exclusively available to member clubs and partners.  

Rise Gymnastics is for recreational gymnasts of all levels, offering the opportunity for new challenges while exploring a wide range of gymnastics skills learnt through teamwork and discovery.  It is fun, exciting and engaging for coaches, teachers, and instructors, as well as gymnasts and their parents and carers. 

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If you would like further information or discuss stock levels of awards certificates and badges, please email  

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Transition from Skill Awards to Rise Gymnastics

We understand that many gymnasts will be part way through the Scottish Gymnastics Skill Award Scheme when they transition to Rise Gymnastics. 

The award scheme element of Rise Gymnastics includes a wide range of skills outside the scope of those covered in the Scottish Gymnastics Skill Award Scheme. These skills are completed individually or as a pair or larger group and include core floor skills as well as skills using small or large apparatus. Gymnasts may have already achieved skills through activities and progressions, and there may be skills that gymnasts have acquired which do not sequentially transfer across to Rise Gymnastics. 

Using the tables below as guide, you can successfully transfer gymnasts across to the right ability level in Rise Gymnastics. Ensure that you also consider social, and emotional development, such as friendship groups, the gymnast’s individual goals and their life outside of gymnastics, as well as their current skill level.

For example: 

A gymnast currently on level 2 of the Scottish Gymnastics Skill Award Scheme, would transition to Rise Gymnastics at ability level 1 Explore for all three strands. 

A gymnast currently on level 6 of the Scottish Gymnastics Skill Award Scheme, would transition to Rise Gymnastics at ability level 2 for Core Skills and ability level 1 for Apparatus and Working Together.