Our competitive section is currently open to girls and is by invitation only.
CEGC has a number of performance pathways to cater for our competitive Women’s Artistic gymnasts. These are 2-piece, 4-piece Regional Grades, 4-piece National Grades, and 4-piece Compulsory Grades (also called Elite). Which pathway a gymnast follows will depend on their age, ability and the hours they are able to devote to training, as well as the spaces available at each level. Gymnasts may switch from one pathway to another. The Club coaches will recommend the level suitable for each gymnasts. These are reviewed regularly, and decided upon by consulting with gymnasts and their parents.
All gymnasts in our competitive section under 8 years old are called Development Gymnasts. Our Development gymnasts train twice a week, 4 or 8 hours in total. These gymnasts compete in two competitions per year. The year they turn 8 they will either join our 2 piece or 4 piece section.
2 Piece Gymnasts
2 Piece gymnasts train on all 4 pieces of apparatus, with a focus on Floor and Vault for competitions. The main competitions are the Scottish Two Piece, usually held in June and November in Perth. There are also competitions hosted by other gymnastics clubs. These gymnasts train twice a week, 3 or 4 hours in total, and compete in four competitions per year.
4 Piece – Regional grade gymnasts
Our Regional 4 piece gymnasts train to compete on all 4 Women’s Artistic apparatus, which are Vault, Bars and Beam and Floor. They compete in Scottish Gymnastics Competitions as well as those organised by other clubs. Our Regional gymnasts train 8 – 12 hours per week. (see Competitions and Grades document)
4 Piece – Performance gymnasts- National and Compulsory Grade Gymnasts
Our Performance gymnasts train 16-20 hours per week. (see performance pathways document)
Competitive Gymnastics for Boys
We currently run mixed recreational classes for boys and girls.
Clubs around Edinburgh that currently offer boys and men’s artistic gymnastics coaching can be found on the Scottish Gymnastics website under find a club.
Training for Competitive Gymnasts
Development (under 8s)
4-8 hours per week. Usually begin with Tuesday evenings and Saturday afternoons at Tumbles
2 Piece (8 years +)
4 hours per week
Tuesday 16:30-18:30 or 18:30-20:30 AND Saturday 13:00-15:00 or 15:00-17:00. Both sessions at Tumbles.
4 Piece (8 years +)
Our Regional Grade gymnasts train 8-12 hours per week.
Our Performance gymnasts (National and Compulsory Grades) train 16-20 hours per week.
Combination of the following:
Monday 16:30-20:30, Tuesday 16:30-20:30, Wednesday 16:30-20:30, Friday 13:00-17:00 or 16:30-20:30, Saturday 9:00-13:00 or 13:00-17:00. All sessions are at Tumbles.
Competitive gymnasts are grouped together for training with peers who are of a similar age on the same performance pathway. Each group has a named coach who is responsible for their development.
How To Join
How to Join the Competitive Section
A certain level of skill needs to be reached before a gymnast can join the competitive section of our club.
Gymnasts who are attending our recreational classes are continuously assessed and nominated to move up if they reach the correct level. Those wanting to join from out-with the club will normally have been referred by the coaches at Edinburgh Leisure recreational classes, or they will already be training with another gymnastics club.
Those wanting to join the competitive section from out-with the club’s recreational classes should email the club with the level of experience they have reached and what club or recreational classes they have attended and we will invite them for a trial.
Please see the performance pathways document explaining performance pathways at CEGC in our Policies and Documents section.
Competitions and Grades
Please see the competitions and grades document explaining competitions and grades in our Policies and Documents section.
Aims of performance nutrition:
- to keep gymnasts on the floor, able to train to their full potential
- enable endurance training for long sessions
- consistent training to make progress, rather than feeling better for some sessions and worse for others
- to increase concentration
- to increase strength/power
- important to understand individual body requirements (ie. everyone has a different body composition)
- glucagon stores should be equal throughout the week, not up and down
Basic needs of health and well-being have to be in place before ultimate performance potential can be achieved.
See “Training Food“, by Renee McGregor
Pickering Athletic Centre Competitive Handbook 2016/2017
Competitive Handbook – Nutritional Information for Athletes, pages 17-23