Mental Fitness for Young Gymnasts

Posted on 13/06/2019 in Acrobatic

Mental Fitness for Young Gymnasts

Scottish Gymnastics is prioritising a new area of work around developing a mental fitness curriculum to support coaches, athletes and parents in the system. 

With one in 10 children and young people in Scotland being clinically diagnosed as having a mental illness, and as part of Scottish Gymnastics' ongoing commitment to safeguarding, we are rolling out a programme of support across our performance and pathway activity. 

Equally, the mental wellbeing of coaches in our sport is important to us.  Given increased media coverage of the links between performance sport, and wider sport in general, to mental health/wellbeing, and with Mental Health Awareness Week last month, it is increasingly important we work together to support this area of work.      

We have developed in partnership with Thrive Scotland, bespoke educational workshops for coaches, athletes and parents to be delivered over the coming months. We are kicking off the education programme by providing coaches workshops first which are open only to coaches attached to athletes in our NPP/PPP across all disciplines; further details are outlined below. Details of parents/athletes sessions will be communicated in the coming weeks.

Mental Fitness for young gymnasts – Coaches' Workshop

Time:  10am – 4pm
Cost:   FREE (refreshments will be provided; attendees to bring own lunch)
Tutors: Pamela Finch and Doug Sharp (Thrive Scotland)
Dates: 19th June (East - Caledonia House, Edinburgh) OR 
26th June (West - Garfield House Hotel, Glasgow) OR  
6th September (North - Abertay University, Dundee) 
(please note you only need to attend one of the dates

Summary of session:

Development of a supportive mindset, practical coping strategies and resilience are not only key in enhancing performance but are also vital in ensuring the emotional wellbeing and mental fitness of young people.  But would you know how to cultivate mental fitness in the young gymnasts you work with? 

Focusing on core themes of Clarity, Connection, Communication and Competence, this interactive workshop introduces delegates to key principle around mental fitness – What is it? Why is it important? How can we promote it? 

Throughout the day, practicing mental health experts will support delegates to explore ways in which mental fitness tools can be incorporated into current practice in a meaningful way and provide immersive learning opportunities to gain first-hand experience putting some of these tools in action.

Learning outcomes:

Be introduced to the concept of mental fitness as a part of mental wellbeing
Gain understanding of mental wellbeing frameworks in Scotland and the role that sport plays within these
Explore the ways in which mental fitness levels affect athletes and coaches alike including signs that an athlete may be struggling
Explore the link between mental fitness and safeguarding children and young people
Explore the need to create an environment which encourages dialogue to support positive mental fitness and ways to do this
Identify key aspects of gymnastics which have potential to impact mental fitness of athletes
Identify current practices which have potential promote or compromise good mental fitness
Learn about and experience practical tools to promote mental fitness in themselves and the athletes they work with
Learn practical tools to support athletes in moments of emotional crisis

To book onto a course, please complete the booking form HERE 

Space is subject to a first come, first serve basis.

If you have any questions, please email

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