Woman's Artistic Regional Pathway Training
Scottish Gymnastics has embarked 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 Word 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 are delighted to have recruited three Women’s Artistic Gymnastic Pathway Development Coaches; Becki Campbell, Jamie Czop and Lauren Graham.
Jamie has been appointed to the north-east area and will provide both club and coach mentoring along with regular pathway training sessions designed for performance foundations (six to nine year olds) and performance development (nine to twelve yearolds).
Lauren takes up the role of pathway development coach in the west, where she will focus on the delivery of pathway training sessions at performance foundations and performance development levels.
Becki will be supporting the development of aspiring coaches and clubs in the Scottish pathway, offering mentoring to identified clubs and coaches in women’s artistic pathway to assisting their long-term development and engagement in the elite competition pathway. She will also deliver regional sessions in the east focusing on six to nine year old gymnasts.
Sessions will provide accessible opportunities to gymnasts, coaches and clubs across both 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.
The programme will include delivering ‘brilliant basics’ coaching sessions which focus on fundamental skills while developing robust gymnasts who are physically, psychologically and technically capable of achieving long term success. In addition, sessions will be delivered to develop gymnasts and coaches working on club development grades and towards voluntary pathway with aspirations to engage in the national elite grades pathway.
Head of Performance and Education, Sam Hendrikson:
“After an extensive consultation and scoping process, it’s really exciting to complete the pathway offering across both men’s and women’s artistic disciplines. We are providing a support system for coaches and athletes to develop the skills they need to progress within the performance pathway within a Scottish and British context. From the recruitment process, it was clear that the coaches bring energy, passion and experience to make a positive impact across our clubs, coaches and gymnasts.”
The team of coaches come with a wealth of experience, some having previously held regional pathway coach roles, with Jamie recently graduating from Edinburgh Napier University with a BSc in developing athletes through professional practice.