in 1888 British Gymnastics is one of the oldest and most respected
governing bodies in the world. It covers a wide range of disciplines
and activities, and is the UK Governing Body for the sport.
With over 100,000 members and more than 1,000 gym clubs in
the country, the aim of British Gymnastics is to provide the
best service, education, financial base, programmes, competitions
and promotional opportunities for the development and future
growth of the sport.
British Gymnastics offers coaching courses and judging qualifications
at various levels, ensuring that the depth of knowledge that
has been built from the contribution of several generations
is passed on to future gymnasts.
The Association has a comprehensive membership structure
and offers Development programmes through a series of Proficiency
Awards and Reward schemes.
Becoming a member of British Gymnastics ensures that the necessary
insurance cover is in place and advice on health, safety and
welfare is available. Joining a recommended British Gymnastics
club will provide you with all the required coaching and also
give you access to award programmes and competitions.
British Gymnastics operates from the extensive and idyllic
grounds of the Lilleshall National Sports Centre and offers
state of the art facilities.
Under the overall description of gymnastics lie the individual
disciplines and activities of: Men’s Artistic Gymnastics,
Women’s Artistic Gymnastics, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Trampolining,
(all of the above being Olympic disciplines) and also Tumbling,
Acrobatics, Aerobics, General Gymnastics and Gymnastics &
Movement for People with Disabilities (GMPD).
As a member of the World Governing Body for Gymnastics (FIG)
and the European Governing Body for Gymnastics (UEG), British
Gymnastics works closely with them in organising, running
and participating in events, including the Olympic Games.
It is a little known fact that TUMBLING was a competitive
sport at the 1932 Olympic games in Los Angeles. The name of
the first (and last! so far) Olympic Champion is Roland Wolf
exiting and extremely spectacular gymnastics discipline was
part of the Gala Olympic performances in both Atlanta’96
and Sydney 2000. The hope is that Tumbling will regain Olympic
status in the near future. Should it really happen, Great
Britain would be in excellent position to win further prestige
ABOUT THE SPORT
Tumbling is a gymnastics discipline requiring high jumping
abilities, space orientation, co- ordination, power, strength
It is an extremely dynamic sport- the real action takes no
more than a few seconds, but requires years of hard work.
The gymnast gains speed and power running on the 25-metres
long track, and then performs series of somersaults and twists
depending on his/her abilities. The top class tumblers perform
nowadays no less than two double somersaults in one run; the
best of them – even three, with twisting elements in
A BIT OF HISTORY
* National Championships in Tumbling first held in 1922 in
* Olympic Games 1932, Los Angeles- competitive discipline
* In the ’60 and ’70 is most popular in Eastern
Europe, then gradually spreading strongly in Western Europe,
the USA, Asia and Australia.
* First World Championships- held in Moscow in 1974.
* 1995- Vasily Skakoun (RUS) invents the so-called “ski
track” (northern disciplines type skis are put together
and covered with appropriate material. This was a revolution
in the development of the sport. The improved elasticity of
the track led to improved technique of performance and helped
raising the difficulty.
* Skakun’s son, Vadim, worked as a National coach for
Tumbling for Great Britain for several years (up to 2005)
and achieved historic results- he brought both our Men’s
and Women’s Teams to the World Team Titles in 2003.
* Great Britain was one of the founder- countries of the IFSA
(International Sports Acrobatics Federation) in 1973.
* Tumbling belonged to Sports Acrobatics structures until
1998. Since then, it is under the Trampolining structure (i.e.
part of the FIG TRA/TC).
(Surely not a bad situation, considering the fact that Trampolining
celebrated its Olympic debut in Sydney 2000).
FIGURES IN BRITISH TUMBLING
* Philippa Musikant- the first British female tumbler who
won a number of medals for Great Britain at major International
* Ian Matthews, Craig Lawther- one of the most respected “pioneers”,
who won medals a prestige on the men’s side.
* Kathryn Peberdy- 1997 World All-around Tumbling Champion
* Robert Small- 1998 European All-around Champion, Bronze
medal at the World Championships’99
* The British Men’s and Women’s Team became World
Champions in 2003.
* Samantha Palmer- 2006 European Champion and winner in the
World Cup 2005/2006 World Cup Final
From observing the fall of trapeze artists into the safety
net, George Nissen (USA) started to develop ideas for the
trampoline. Physical Education Professor and champion in diving
and tumbling, he constructs the first trampoline prototype
in his garage in the 1930’s by binding a piece of canvas
to a metal frame using elastic bands. The trampoline is born.
The word Trampoline most probably originates from the combination
of the two words “trampling” and “board”
(diving board). With use, the word becomes trampolining, and
Trampolining (individual or synchronised) is an elite sport,
a discipline symbolizing freedom, flying, space harmoniously
associated with boldness, elegance and precision. The multiple
somersaults and twists at a height of about 8 meters require
a fine technique, perfect body control and most aesthetic
movements. The Trampoline is used as a basic training device
for all sports which contain acrobatic elements. Trampolining
is spectacular. It combines courage, elegance, agility, magic,
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Registered Office: Ford Hall, Lilleshall National Sport Centre,
Newport, Shropshire. TF10 9NB.
Tel: 0845 1297129
Fax: 0845 1249089