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EDUCATING AND INSTRUCTING ADULTS INTERESTED IN COACHING GYMNASTICS
The FIG Foundation Courses provide adults interested in teaching gymnastics with foundation knowledge and skills to share with their future students.
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The FIG Foundation Course is a coaching programme that aims to provide existing or future gymnastics’ coaches with foundation knowledge and basic skills that they can use back home. The programme covers the FIG’s seven disciplines: gymnastics for All (GfA), Men’s Artistic Gymnastics, Women’s Artistic Gymnastics, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Trampoline Gymnastics, Aerobic Gymnastics and Acrobatic Gymnastics. However, the FIG Foundation Course which has taken place in Cape Town had a special focus: providing the National Federation with some useful skills on how to organise the upcoming World Gym for Life Challenge in July 2013. This is a “Gymnastics for All” competition which involves clubs and groups from FIG-affiliated federations. It will gather together between 1,500 and 2,000 participants, all ages, both genders, with and without disabilities.
Programme supported by an International Federation
One of the main reasons for the success of the FIG Foundation Courses in Cape Town is that it is part of a broader programme conducted by the FIG. The FIG has a lot of experience in sport development programmes and since the Foundations of Gymnastics Courses Programme in 2007, already 13 course programme have been held around the world (4 in Africa, 3 in Europe, 1 in Asia, 5 in the Americas).
Focus on grassroots development
The FIG Foundation Courses focus on the roots of the sport’s development: coaches. By giving them the responsibility to promote and develop gymnastics within their country, coaches feel more involved and achieve higher results in terms of sport participation.
Support active societies
Through the FIG Foundation Courses, the programme reaches not only coaches but also future students. As a consequence, the more coaches are educated the more young people will have the opportunity to do more sport.
Improve public health and well-being
The programme helps fight obesity and other diseases related to lack of physical activity. The programme provides coaches with education and skills to make youngsters get moving.
The FIG Foundation Course communication is achieved through emails to FIG’s member Federations/Continental Union, the FIG’s website and social media.
At the end of each course, the participants have to take an exam which includes questions on the theory and practical exercises. So far, this has been a big success as no one has failed. Further follow-up from the courses is being considered for the future.