Youth Development Series - April Wrap-up

During the School Holidays, Gymnastics SA was very pleased to have launched the Youth Development Series, the first in a series of workshops aimed to help develop, nurture, and support our new generation of coaches. The workshops delivered, 19 April 2021, had twelve young coaches representing Adelaide Tumbling Academy, Hub Gymnastics, Kadina & District Youth Club, Queenstown Gymnastics, Seacliff Gymnastics and Tea Tree Gully Gymsports. The development series aims to set our future generations up with the skills they need not only for their future coaching careers but general life skills within a workplace as well.

We were lucky to have ex- elite gymnast and current board member, Jo Marshall start the day. Jo currently works in culture consulting within workplaces and sporting bodies. Jo’s expertise was able to be shared with our young coaches by emphasising the importance listening and great communication within teams and clubs.  Different leadership and personality styles and the best way to communicate and support the different people, parents, volunteers, and colleagues they are likely to come across in the years to come.

The next phase of the series was around coach skill development hosted by Advanced Silver MAG Coach and FIG Judge Andrew Cordery, Advanced WAG coach Louise Back, and Advanced Silver TRP Coach and Judge Daniel Lynch. Our presenters all demonstrated how to teach skill progressions all whilst highlighting fun, safety, and inclusion within classes. Candidates picked up new and exciting drills, plus techniques to take back to their gym clubs, with refreshing and innovative ways to use equipment and teach new skills.

Group management was the final session of the day, presented by Daniel. Using past case studies, coaches role-play relevant group management situations they may find themselves in and play out their responses. Daniel assisted participants to feel more confident when put in these situations, how to use positive language to still feel heard and be able to share their ideas without putting others down, and where to find more support on these topics when needed.

The day was a great success with all participants taking advantage of meeting other coaches, building friendships, and embracing the vast amount of knowledge and experience that was shared by our presenters and each other throughout the day.

The next workshops within the series will be held Monday 5, July 2021. The focus areas will include:

  • Communication and Group Management
  • Child Safe Environments - feeling safe, supported and empowering others
  • FreeG
  • Acrobatics/Circus Activities
  • Social Media

For more information or to book, please call Jo Davidson (08 8294 8288) Gymnastics for All Development Officer.