Berks East Group Gymnasts at "Gymnastics For
All" National Championships
( in pink) June, 2010
At Berks East, we offer Group gymnastics for levels
1-6 and ADSN ( Athletes with Disabilities and Special
Group Gymnastics -- known officially by the FIG as Gymnastics for All
-- is one of the eight gymnastics sport disciplines officially recognized
by gymnastic organizations worldwide. This diverse sport program, while
being the largest with regards to gymnastics membership, provides
opportunities and activities for all ages and levels of abilities. General
Gymnastic activities contribute to the development of general sport skills,
fitness, health, important movement patterns and daily life skills.
Gymnastics activities can be traced back to the earliest of times. The
form of gymnastics carried out at this time is what we know today as Gymnastics for All
is specifically designed to enhance participant's health and physical
fitness and/or participated in purely for enjoyment and simple relaxation.
It was from these activities that the competitive forms of gymnastics
developed. However, it was only in 1984, during an International Gymnastics
Congress, that Gymnastics
for All was officially recognized by the International
Gymnastic Federation as a Sport Program, then
subsequently recognized by National Gymnastics Federations across the
Today well over thirty million participants of all ages, abilities and
cultural backgrounds are taking part in Gymnastics
for All activities across the world. These figures support the
fact that Gymnastics
for All is the sport for all elements of gymnastics and
provides something for everybody.
Today, the diverse range of activities incorporated and opportunities available
within Gymnastics for All,
is what sets it apart from other disciplines and sports. This diversity can
be categorized under key areas, being: Regardless of age the opportunity to
actively participate in Gymnastics
for All is available. This includes Children (5 years &
under), Adults (18+ years) and Seniors (50+ years).
Group Gymnastics is a dynamic sport with new forms of movement and/or
adaptations of current movement forms being seen continually across the
world reflecting unique national cultures and trends.