Posted on 03/12/2020 in Rhythmic
With Christmas holidays and 2021 fast approaching and not all clubs are back to training, we wanted to provide an event update for January to March 2021.
We have been in touch regularly with our discipline technical panels and British Gymnastics planning for 2021, to produce an event calendar within government guidelines and Covid-19 restrictions. We will finalise competition handbooks shortly which contain further information for each discipline.
Acro Invitational usually held at the end of January will not go ahead. It would not be safe to hold this competition due to the level of gymnastics normally performed and gymnasts not being able to return to full training.
March competition: after discussion with the panel, we would like to keep this date booked for now and potentially use it for a beginners’ competition. However, this is under constant review and details will be decided in the new year. We are looking to hold a joint NDP and FIG championship competition in June and this event will also act as a qualifier for the British NDP & IDP finals due to take place from 29 July to 1 August.
Pat Wade Classic at Telford International Centre has been postponed until 10 and 11 April.
Unfortunately, we are unable to run Gymfest in May due to the scale of this event, but we are looking forward to November and the possibility of extending this over the Friday evening to allow for more routines. Gymfest is scheduled from 12 to 14 November 2021.
Scottish Championships: after much discussion and the postponement of the British Championships, we have decided not to hold a Scottish Championships in 2021 to allow clubs to return to training safely and not worry about trying to rush routines. We are currently looking into hosting a Scottish Open towards the end of the year to give gymnasts an opportunity to compete. Details are still to be confirmed.
Voluntary Challenge Cup: usually held in February, will take place in June and replace the grade series 1 competition. There will only be one grades competition this year which will be a qualification for British finals.
British Gymnastics update: work is now underway to find a way to stage the British Championships in the summer for under 12s, under 14s, and under 16s in the summer, and in the autumn for under 18s and senior age groups. We hope to be able to announce the finalised dates and venues in our next update.
The British Team Championships are still planned to take place at Sport Wales in Cardiff between 10 and 12 September.
Elite and club grades are still planned to take place at GMAC in Birmingham from 5 to7 November.
Scottish Gymnastics is currently reviewing the competition calendar for 2021. We are looking to combine the Scottish Championships and individual apparatus in September along with the potential of hosting more virtual competitions to provide competition opportunities for gymnasts earlier in the year.
British Gymnastics is hoping to hold British qualification testing on 6 and 7 February at Lilleshall National Sports Centre, although this is currently under review. Scottish Gymnastics will align with qualifications for national competitions when this review is complete.
Unfortunately, there will be no 2021 primary or secondary championships. We are hopeful we will be able to run a schools’ Gymfest in early June, however this is under constant review. Further details will be sent out nearer the time.
Scottish Open usually held early February will not go ahead. It would not be safe to hold this competition due to the level of gymnastics normally performed and gymnasts not being able to return to full training.
There will be no Northern Qualifier held by British Gymnastics in March, although work is underway to find a reasonable route to access the British Championships in 2021.
British Championships would continue as planned as part of the Championships Series in Liverpool from 29 July to 1 August.
There will be no Scottish trampoline, DMT or tumble events between January and March to give gymnasts the longest time to get back into training after the pandemic. With Regional Team Finals being pushed back to October, the first event will be a Scottish Open at the end of June.
The Scottish Open (26 to 27 June) will also be the Regional Team Qualifier (NDP compulsory final) and will replace Scottish Nationals for 2021. We want to encourage participation so there will be no required qualification to attend this event. As well as being the Regional Team Qualifier, it will be open to FIG gymnasts as a preparation event for British Championships. We are keen to host all three disciplines together, however, with potential restrictions in mind, we are looking to a plan B to hold a tumble open competition around the same time in a different venue.
Scottish Championships: after much discussion and the postponement of the British Championships, we have decided not to hold a Scottish Championships in 2021 to allow clubs to return to training safely and not worry about trying to rush routines. We are currently looking into hosting a Scottish Open towards the end of the year to give gymnasts an opportunity to compete and so we will be in touch with further details.
There will be no women’s artistic events between January and March. We are currently looking at the competition calendar starting in April however this is still under review.
National and compulsory finals have been cancelled by British Gymnastics, therefore the dates of the national grades/compulsory, regional grades and club grade competitions in Scotland are under review and we will send out information as soon as possible.