Scottish Gymnastics is on an exciting journey with a 12-year strategy (2015 - 2027) that will see the growth of a ‘strong Scottish Gymnastics, inspiring and nurturing emerging talent’ with the theme of world class taking front and centre. The strategy has four inter-connected core area of Clubs, People, Gymnasts and Corporate. Performance gymnastics is a key priority within the gymnast’s pillar of our 12-year strategy.
In order to create a world-class system of we must recruit, invest in and retain, world-class coaches at both the elite and pre-elite levels who align and share the Scottish Gymnastics vision and values. In order to achieve this vision, Scottish Gymnastics is delighted to have recruited Stephen Tonge as our men’s artistic gymnastic pathway development coach.
Stephen will lead the regional performance pathway training under the direction of the Scottish Gymnastics performance department and input from national technical advisors. These roles will deliver pathway training in the West and East focusing on developing and expanding the Scottish talent pool.
Stephen comes with a wealth of experience, having graduating from Edinburgh Napier University with a BSc in developing athletes through professional practice.
Sessions will provide accessible opportunities to gymnasts, coaches and clubs across both men's artistic and women's artistic disciplines to improve the skill execution of gymnasts and increase the talent pool. The team will deliver consistent content aligned to aims and targets agreed by the performance department and national technical advisors in the performance programmes.
Training sessions will deliver consistent content aligned to ‘brilliant basics’ which focus on fundamental skills with the aspiration to improve the skill execution of gymnasts and to increase the talent pool in women’s artistic gymnastics in Scotland. The sessions are coach development focussed and look to support coaches in clubs in Scotland to deliver fun and inspiring gymnastics and develop robust gymnasts who are physically, psychologically and technically capable of achieving long term success.
Scottish Gymnastics is committed to the safeguarding and wellbeing of everyone. The programmes are based on a culture of providing a supportive environment for gymnasts to thrive, to embrace challenges and overcome setbacks as well as starting to engage in the ownership of their training and their development. Our approach is an athlete centred, coach led and performance driven with athlete well-being and coach development at the centre
Coaches interested in attending the pathway training sessions can contact the performance team for further information - firstname.lastname@example.org