Pathway Technical Symposium 2020

The symposium is supported by our men’s and women’s artistic pathway development coaches, but we created a programme of sessions that will be useful and interesting for coaches of all disciplines.

The content will be tailored to coaches and clubs working with pathway gymnasts aged 6-12 years old – so if you have found our Bitesize Brilliant Basics series useful, then this symposium is for you!

You can find the sessions on our Absorb platform at a cost of £10. 

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Keynote: Scott Hann MBE

Building a Positive Club Culture
The symposium opens with national technical advisor, Scott Hann MBE who is well known as the coach of Britain’s most decorated gymnast Olympic multi-medallist Max Whitlock MBE. Scott has been director of coaching at South Essex gymnastics club for over 10 years where he has been the driving force in the growth of the club, developing an environment which allows coaching and gymnastics talent to flourish. His keynote will focus on the important areas of club culture that clubs and coaches can shape to create a safe and positive environment to support the growth of gymnasts, coaches, and clubs.

Session 1: Pathway Development Coaches

Exploring Brilliant Basics for Men’s and Women’s Artistic 
You will have seen our bitesize brilliant basic series on social media, or our brilliant basics resource as part of the return to training guidance. The women’s and men’s artistic resources have been developed by our pathway development coaches with support from our national technical leads. In this breakout, our pathway development coaches share how these resources can support your training and the plans to develop these resources further.

Session 2: Paul Coyle

Physical Preparation Brilliant Basics – Squat & Landings Strategies
Paul Coyle is the physical preparation lead for Scottish Gymnastics and has been working with our performance and pathway programmes across the different disciplines. Over his 14 years as a strength and conditioning coach, he has worked with Commonwealth, world and Olympic champions and has led nationally on multiple sports. You will have seen Paul in over the last six months in our #TuesdayTutorial videos showing ideas on at home conditioning.

Session 3: Stephen Tonge, Matt Jackson, Pauline Smith

Introduction to Judging for Coaches: Deductions, Errors & Recommendations
Understanding the code of points and routine requirements for different grades and levels can be difficult to get your head around as a coach. In this breakout we have Stephen Tonge for men’s artistic and Pauline Smith for women’s artistic each leading a session on a basic introduction to judging for coaches. This will look at the common errors in grades, breaking down deductions on each apparatus and what can coaches do to limit deductions through brilliant basics, as well as recommendation on routine construction.

Session 4: Jamie Czop

Introduction to Biomechanics
Pathway development coach, Jamie Czop, looks at how you are already using biomechanics in your everyday coaching and introduces the key concepts to support great understanding in this area and technical development using applied gymnastics examples.  

Session 5: Katie Richards

Sports Psychology Exploring the Theme of Motivation
Katie is a BASEs accredited sports & exercise scientist specialising in sport psychology support and has a gymnastics background as a gymnast and coach.  In this session, Katie will be exploring the theme of motivation and how coaches can support gymnasts in their development.