Posted on 28/11/2019 in Men's Artistic
November has been a busy month for men’s artistic gymnastics with our national performance programme (NPP) camp taking place in South Essex at the beginning of the month followed by our first performance pathway programme (PPP) camp of the new programme year, along with our first development programme training day last weekend at Inverclyde.
National performance programme
The month kicked off with in South Essex, with our national performance programme (NPP) training with National Technical Advisor, Scott Hann MBE leading the programme.
Gymnasts worked on new skills development ahead of 2020 Scottish and British Championships. The camp was also supported by physical preparation and physiotherapy, and there was a big emphasis on core strength in their work and even a ‘core challenge’ with Olympic Gold Medallist Max Whitlock.
After an assessment day at the camp we are pleased to welcome Euan McLellan from West Lothian Artistic Gymnastic Club to the national performance programme.
Performance pathway programme
Gymnasts, many fresh from the British grades finals, joined the PPP camp at Inverclyde last weekend with a focus on developing skills ahead of the Scottish and British Championships next year and with some working towards their next level of grades. The emphasis was on flexibility and conditioning, as well as their presentation style.
There was also a social media awareness session aimed at keeping young people safe online. This presentation has already been well received by safeguarding officers, coaches and gymnasts at the safeguarding symposium and other camps.
After an assessment following his return from injury, Aaron Convery (Hamilton) was added to the performance pathway programme.
The focus for the men’s artistic development programme was brilliant basics with our coaches, pre-elite and young elite grade gymnasts. National technical advisor Matt Jackson worked on basics, shaping, flexibility, conditioning and of course, handstands. The importance of mastering the perfect handstand cannot be stressed enough at every level!
Following a successful day on the training programme, nine gymnasts have been selected for the development programme which will continue to evolve over the next 12 months:
Jared Tobias - City of Glasgow Gymnastics Club
Jack Morrow, Brody Fawbert and Aaron Convery – Hamilton Gymnastics Club
Jude Buchanan and Theo Adams - West Lothian Artistic Gymnastics Club
Maesyn Stewart and Ramsay Milloy – Lasswade Gymnastics Club
Darach Dailly – Dundee Gymnastics Club 2K
Attending the programme is the perfect development opportunity for coaches to learn and develop their own training skills.