In the decade leading up to the celebration of the first century of the Scottish Gymnastics Association, a further boost in the numbers of people participating in the sport was evident, with the added growth from sponsorship deals beginning to be formed and successes of the home grown gymnasts at international competitions.
This period saw the association gain a new home in Edinburgh for the first time, whilst also taking ownership of the first dedicated facility in Scotland, based in Falkirk, for aspiring gymnasts who were looking to take their talent to the next competition level.
In 1981, Alex Strachan became the association's president, and he posessed a clear vision for how he wanted gymnastics to develop. By making some fundamental decisions in relation to the establishment of further discipline specific committees, and also making some key appointment choices, he managed to create a very strong community for future gymnastics training.
Gordon Forster, an influential member of the Scottish Gymnastics Association for a great deal of time, was employed in 1986 as a national level coach, standing down from his previous role as a member of the artistic technical panel. The new role allowed for an increase to the level of professionally trained and experienced staff available to individual gymnasts and clubs.
Following the creation of a Sports Acrobatics committee in 1979, Scottish acrobatic gymnasts continued to receive top level British coaching throughout this period. This led to a further five UK championship titles in upper levels being won by gymnasts representing newly formed Scottish clubs.
Along with this, the Scottish Gymnastics Association followed British Gymnastics in the establishment of a Schools' Association alongside the technical panels in order to provide the opportunity for every child to participate in grass roots gymnastics no matter what their age or ability. This movement included competitions and showcases such as the first "Gymfest" in 1985 and ensured that the interest in floor and apparatus gymnastics events continued through the next generation.
Viv Gourley was fundamental in the creation of a pre-school age "GYMTED" programme, after travelling down to Cheltenham to view the English equivalent. During this period a separate Rhythmic Gymnastics committee was also established in the Edinburgh & East district, which are now both fully funded nationwide initiatives.