Gymnastics Courses Now Available

Gymnastics at South Moorlands Leisure Centre, Cheadle. Find out more about our new gymnastics courses, available to children aged 4 years +

When we watch gymnasts perform at the highest level, such as the recent Rio Olympics, the raw physical strength, flexibility, power, agility, coordination, grace, balance and control which is demonstrated is highly impressive! However, it's not just the elite level athletes who can benefit from participating in gymnastics.

At South Moorlands Leisure Centre, we are now offering gymnastics courses!

Running in 10 week blocks on Wednesday's and Saturday's, there are sessions for ages 4-7 and sessions for those aged 8+.

Wednesday's: 16:00-16:45 - 4-7 Years 
Wednesday's: 16:45-17:30 - 8 Years +

Saturday's: 09:00-09:45 - 4-7 Years
Saturday's: 09:45-10:30 - 8 Years +

Price: £45 for a 10 week block

After the recent success of Max Whitlock and Team GB in Rio, there's not a better time to give gymnastics a go. 

Participating in gymnastics encourages:

Flexibility: Flexibility is a primary factor in gymnastics. Increasing flexibility can also be an effective aid to the reduction of injury, preventing people from forcing a limb to an injurious range of motion. By learning movements and combining them in a routine, the gymnast can attain greater flexibility and greater control of the body.

Disease prevention: Participation in gymnastics can help maintain a healthy body, which is key to preventing numerous health conditions such as asthma, obesity, and diabetes. Being involved in gymnastics helps encourage a healthy lifestyle, including regular physical activity and eating a well-balanced diet.

Strong and healthy bones: Participation in weight-bearing activities like gymnastics can develop strong, healthy bones, which is important to develop at a young age. As we age, we inevitably experience a decrease in bone mass every year. Building strong, healthy bones at a young age can help reduce the risks of developing osteoporosis later on in life.

Increased cognitive functioning: Participation in gymnastics does not only offer physical gains; it is beneficial for improving concentration and mental focus – an important aspect of anyone’s life. Gymnastics allows children the chance to think for themselves, to stimulate their imaginations and to solve problems safely.

Increased coordination: Gymnasts do not react with as large a “startle response” to sudden imbalances as non-gymnasts. By applying this conditioning outside the sport, people become better equipped to avoid hazardous situations by quickly identifying them and naturally correcting body alignment when walking, standing or jumping, etc.

Strength development: Gymnastics produces, pound-for-pound, the best athletes in the world. Gymnastics uses almost exclusively body weight exercises to build upper body, lower body, and core strength.

Discipline: Gymnastics instills a sense of discipline. Each student must have the self control to make corrections when a coach asks them to, and they must also have the self discipline to stay on task when a coach is working with another gymnast.

Social skills: At all ages, gymnastics provides an opportunity to develop social skills. Younger children learn how to stand in line, look, listen, be quiet when others are talking, work and think independently, and how to be respectful of others. The older kids learn how to set a good example for the people who look up to them and become role models at a young age.

 

To book or to find out more information, please contact reception on 01538 753883, email southmoorlands@parkwood-communityleisure.co.uk, or contact us HERE

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