SG regards the health, safety and wellbeing of all members to be of paramount importance and should not be compromised. There are clearly inherent risks in gymnastics activities, due to the complex nature of the sport, however, these risks can be controlled and minimised if clubs and coaches adopt best practice and adhere to the policies and procedures laid down by SG.
There has been a rise in the number of concerns raised surrounding skills being performed by gymnasts which are out with those contained within the coach’s level of award. It would appear that this is particularly prevalent in routines being performed in displays and at festivals. This is both dangerous and irresponsible. Coaches must have the competence and experience for the role being undertaken and must be fully qualified to teach the skills in each discipline, being performed by their gymnasts in training in competitions and in events.
Qualified Assistant Coaches may work under the direct supervision of a qualified Coach (level 2 or higher) but must not operate unsupervised. No coach regardless of level should ever work on their own.
A less qualified coach may assist a more highly qualified coach but only in those areas and to the level to which they are qualified.
The minimum qualification for a coach wishing to operate independently is a Level 2 qualification in the disciplines being offered. However, to be able to set up and run a club, coaches and relevant officials must meet the minimum operating requirements of membership which includes attendance on the SG’s Safeguarding 2 and PVG Workshop prior to the club setting up.
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Gymnast to coach/teacher ratios
There are a number of diverse factors to consider when making recommendations with regards to the ratio of participants to coach/teacher in Gymnastics and Trampolining activities. Information and guidance can be found in the British Gymnastics Health Safety & Welfare Policy (H,W&S) on pages 11&12 Click here
Supporting access for special needs groups to participate in Gymnastics
It is the responsibility of every club to consider the needs of children and protected adults, making reasonable adjustments to help provide for the inclusion of anyone who wishes to participate. All registered clubs should be willing to help young people and their parents to ensure the necessary support is in place for children with disabilities and other special needs to access gymnastics activity.
Under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989, Local Authorities are required to provide services for any child who would be defined as a ‘Child in Need’. This includes disabled children and children with impaired health and development. Although the Local Authority is responsible for ensuring appropriate needs are met, services may be provided by a voluntary organisation acting on behalf of the Local Authority.
SGA expects registered clubs, where a child or young person with a disability requires support from a carer to access gymnastics activity and the support is not already provided, to look with parents at the child’s needs and if appropriate approach Social Services to request such support. In the event that no support is available, the club should examine whether they can meet the needs of the child or young person without significantly affecting the club’s ability to provide gymnastics activity to others. Further information can be found in the SGA Safeguarding Policy Click here
Age and level of participation
It is impossible to account for every conceivable situation in gymnastics since there are many variables to consider, including the chronological age of the gymnast, physical and psychological characteristics, gender, ability, number of hours trained and the aspirations of the gymnast. Information and guidance can be found in the H,W&S Policy on pages 13&14 click here
Preventing Infectious Diseases – Blood and other bodily fluids
Any individual who sustains a blood injury must seek treatment immediately. It is the responsibility of the Gymnast concerned and/or their Coach to ensure that all bleeding injuries and open wounds are dealt with appropriately in accordance with the following guidelines. Information and guidance can be found in the H,W&S Policy on page 36 click here
Persons with Down’s Syndrome ‘Atlanto-Axial Screening’
British Gymnastics have prepared guidelines to assist clubs with those wishing to participate who have Down ’s syndrome. To download or browse BG’s Current Atlanto Axial Information Pack and screening form click here
You should keep a record of all accidents/ ncidents whether major or minor in your Accident Report book which should be kept within your Club. However, it is important that all accidents that may give rise to a claim are reported to Scottish Gymnastics as soon as possible after the event. This will enable Insurers to carry out investigations at an early stage whilst information relating to the claim remains fresh in the mind. This will also ensure that you are complying fully with Scottish Gymnastics’ policy terms and conditions.
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