Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

Gymnastics Victoria encourages the return of children to gymnastics

Gymnastics Victoria encourages the return of children to gymnastics
February 10, 2021

With the first term of the 2021 school year having commenced, Gymnastics Victoria is encouraging all children and their parents to return to gymnastics to improve their physical and mental health and wellbeing post COVID-19 lockdowns. Gymnastics Victoria offer a range of programs that are suitable for children of all ages and abilities

Recognised by the Victorian Government as the peak organisation for gymnastics in Victoria, Gymnastics Victoria exists to provide children with as many opportunities as possible to optimise their physical and mental health and wellbeing.

According to Gymnastics Victoria Chief Executive Robin O’Neill, programs such as KinderGym is the perfect way for children aged 0-5 years to become more active post lockdown noting “KinderGym relies on equipment set-ups that are safe, stimulating and provide endless movement opportunities for kids to play, explore and learn.

“The program offers a foundation into fundamental movement for kids while developing co-ordination, self-esteem, physical, social and cognitive development. The program promotes the child as the key focal point and involves active participation of the child's mother, father or carer who also benefit from sharing in their kid’s fun and enjoyment.

“For parents, joining KinderGym gives them the opportunity to socialise with other parents and be part of a local community while at the same time children are learning important problem-solving and decision-making skills.

“As a father myself, I know both kids and parents spent far too much time looking at screens during lockdown. Research shows that kids who spend too much time in front of screens risk health problems such as obesity and issues with posture.  For the sake of their health I encourage all kids and parents to get moving again.”

Based in Packenham, Reach Gymnastics owner and director Rebecca Tilley said Victorians are well-aware of the physical and mental impacts of COVID-19 lockdowns.

Tilley adds “with the return of school now is the time to make sure young Victorians who have been less active during this time get moving again. If parents or carers are looking for ways to get their little ones moving and having lots of fun – KinderGym is the perfect solution.”

With a proven link between exercise and beneficial physical and mental health outcomes, gymnastics centres are important community assets where Victorians kids of all ages can exercise, receive professional instruction, mentoring and get moving.

“As the fastest-growing major participation sport in Victoria, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic Gymnastics Victoria had 127 member clubs, 62,000 members and over 400,000 participants. Gymnastics Victoria provides support to its affiliated clubs to ensure that all gymnastics participants across the state are getting the best possible gymnastics experience.”

Affiliated member clubs have acted proactively and responsibly throughout this pandemic. They have been a constructive voice that has worked continuously to give key decision makers a real-world view about how gymnastics centres can manage COVID-19 and play a safe role in getting Victorian kids moving again.

Further information about Gymnastics Victoria’s KinderGym program can be found here.

Image top courtesy of Seaford Kindergym; and image above courtesy of Reach Gymnastics Packenham Facebook 

Related Articles

22nd September 2020 - Independent Review of gymnastics in Australia now open for public participation

20th August 2020 - Gymnastics Australia to call the Gold Coast home for the next four years

30th July 2020 - Independent cultural review of Gymnastics in Australia to commence

3rd March 2020 - Bankstown City YMCA wins Gymnastics NSW Inclusive Club of the Year Award

27th November 2019 - Geelong Arena to become Victoria’s home of gymnastics

30th October 2019 - 12,000-seat Olympics gymnastics venue unveiled for Tokyo 2020

6th August 2019 - Gymnastics Australia releases new ‘Body Positive Guidelines’

22nd July 2019 - Casey Stadium opens up to cricket and gymnastics

3rd May 2019 - AusPlay survey shows gymnastics as the fastest growing sport in Victoria

28th March 2019 - Gymnastics Australia aims to set new standard in child safety

1st December 2018 - Parkour bodies resist International Gymnastics Federation’s attempts to ‘usurp’ the sport

9th October 2018 - Gymnastics Australia issues statement in response to reports on National Centre of Excellence

19th June 2018 - Gymnastics Australia empowering women in Samoa

28th April 2018 - Gymnastics Australia introduces new child safety measures

21st November 2017 - Gymnastics Victoria receives Australian Sports Commission Play By the Rules Award

8th November 2017 - Record-breaking year for gymnastics in Australia

20th October 2017 - Gymnastics Australia appoints Kitty Chiller as new Chief Executive

19th October 2017 - Gymnastics Victoria stages inaugural Parliamentary Friends of Gymnastics function

19th September 2017 - Appointments herald new era for Gymnastics in Gippsland

10th September 2017 - Record growth in Gymnastics participation in Victoria

31st August 2017 - Gymnastics Australia in good shape as Chief Executive Rendell moves on

22nd August 2017 - Gymnastics Victoria presented with Victorian Disability Award

2nd May 2017 - Rae-Line offers padding solutions for activity, gymnastics, play and sport

22nd December 2016 - YMCA’s Sunshine Coast facility expands its role as the leading provider of gymnastics in Queensland

20th December 2016 - World Cup Gymnastics comes to Melbourne from 2017


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

Otium Planning Group

Otium Planning Group is a contemporary sport and leisure consultancy providing services in planning, facility development, management and funding for the sport, recreation and leisure industries…

read more

Aquatics / Consultants / Recreation / Sport / Venues

 
 

Vivaticket

As of the 1st July 2018, Enta Australasia Pty Ltd/Best Union has been rebranded as Vivaticket Pty Ltd.  Vivaticket is the ideal strategic partner for the organisation and management of your…

read more

Attractions / Entertainment / Sport / Ticketing / Venues

 
 

SENtag

Developed in Europe, this innovative system offers a safety management solution for swimming pools that checks individual swimmers via their wristband - monitoring their depth and time. Sensors…

read more

Aquatics / Hospitality / Safety / Technology / Waterparks

 
 

SLE WORLDWIDE AUSTRALIA PTY LTD

SLE Worldwide Australia is a Managing General Underwriter specialising in insuring risks in the world of Sports, Leisure and Entertainment. Be it relaxing, playing, organising or watching sports,…

read more

Insurance / Venues

 
 

CENTAMAN

Centaman has been a market leader in Enterprise Software Solutions for the leisure and recreation industry and both profit and not-for-profit attractions since 1991. It offers a wide range of software…

read more

Access / Billing / Fitness / Technology / Ticketing

 
 

Polin Waterparks

Polin was founded in Istanbul in 1976, and has since grown into a leading company in the waterparks industry. Today Polin is one of the world leaders in the design, production, and installation of…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Play / Waterparks

 
 

PRIAVA

About Priava's Technology -  Priava is a cloud-based and centralised venue and event management system aimed at venues of all sizes. With its familiar and easy-to-use web interface, the…

read more

Attractions / Billing / Entertainment / Events / Technology

 
 

SimplySwim

    SimplySwim is a school management solution that helps swimming school owners and managers optimize operations by automating functions such as managing class schedules, billing and…

read more

Aquatics / Education / Recreation / Safety / Technology

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business