130th Anniversary

Scottish Gymnastics turns 130 years old in 2020 and we want members across the country to celebrate with us.

To mark this anniversary, we’ve unveiled a special edition of our logo and are working with our partners to create some merchandise and events.

The Scottish Amateur Gymnastics Association was founded as a voluntary organisation on 24 May 1890, by representatives of five Scottish gymnastics and athletic clubs. We’ve certainly grown over the past 130 years with over 165 clubs and we’ll be unveiling plans about how you and your club can join in the big birthday celebrations across the country.

We’ll be holding competitions you can enter – the first of these with our leotard partner Quatro will be revealed later this week so watch this space!

Scottish Gymnastics Chief Executive Doc McKelvey said: “We thought it was a good idea to kick off the new decade by celebrating this milestone anniversary and we hope you’ll join in the fun this year.

“It’s amazing when you see how the sport is thriving in Scotland now with more than three quarters of our members being female, that the sport began here as a way of building the physique of male British soldiers by increasing their strength, agility and flexibility.

“We look forward to the birthday year and continuing to work with and for our clubs and all our members throughout the decade ahead.”

Design a Special Edition Leotard!

We’re giving you the chance to design a special edition leotard to celebrate our 130th birthday and the first anniversary of our partnership with Quatro.

We've teamed up to bring you this unique competition which will see the winning design for a female and a male leotard go into production.

The leotards will then be sold in the Quatro shop and will also be available as an official training leotard for gymnasts on the Scotland national programmes. 

As well as seeing their design come to life, the winners will receive the leotard they created in a presentation frame.

To enter the competition, download the template, either print out or work online, and let your imagination take over. You can then add in your design notes and personal details, and send your entry to us before 4pm on Wednesday 12 February

You can send your digital design or take a good, clear photograph of your paper version and email it to
or post your entry to us at 
Leotard Competition, Scottish Gymnastics, Caledonia House, 1 Redheughs Rigg, Edinburgh EH12 9DQ

The winners will be chosen by a judging panel from Scottish Gymnastics and Quatro.

We look forward to seeing your amazing designs – good luck!

> download female leotard competition form 

> download male leotard competition form

> read the terms and conditions

When it all began

Although it is known that there was gymnastics participation before 1890, the Scottish Amateur Gymnastics Association was founded on 24 May 1890.

Information on our history can be found here.