At Kilkenny Gymnastics Academy we offer
a wide range of training options within Mens & Womens Artistic Gymnastics, Trampolining and Disability Inclusion Gymnastics.
Our gymnastics program comprises the following:
Parent & Child (NOT CURRENTLY RUNNING)
GymSTART Gymnastics (Invite only)
Advanced Recreation Gymnastics
Competitive Gymnastics (invite only)
The Mini Gym program is suitable for younger children aged 3.5 -5 starting out in gymnastics. Classes offer a great introduction to the sport of gymnastics and is designed to help children channel all of their energy and reach developmental milestones. Participating in gymnastics at a young age has many benefits, not only physically. Gymnastics requires great strength, balance, flexibility and coordination. These are the cornerstones to sound physical fitness and athletic performance in all sports. There are also many social benefits to participating in gymnastics, the sport requires great discipline and listening skills as well as interaction with other group or team members. Our Mini Gym program puts a lot of focus on these core skills.
Is an introduction to fundamental artistic gymnastics skills on bars, beam, vault, fast track and floor focusing on learning skills safely through a structured gymnastics program which gymnasts can experience progression through their efforts. Classes are taught in an encouraging, non-competitive environment. Children are grouped according to age and in time on ability, train on all apparatus during the term. The emphasis is on developing a love of physical activity through gymnastics, educating in technique and safety as well as developing the flexibility, strength and coordination needed for progress to further more advanced gymnastics skills. Gymnasts are continually monitored for their suitability to join our competitive gymnastics program which is by invite only at the discretion of the coaching team.
Camps run during school midterm breaks (February and Easter) and during July and August. These take place over 3-5 days for up to 3 hours per day and are open to children aged 5+ who are complete beginners all the way to advanced gymnasts. Children are grouped by age and ability and have fun working on all apparatus in the gym during their time at camp.
GymABLE is an inclusive programme targeted at providing gymnastics opportunities for people with disabilities. Our GymABLE programme is an inclusive gymnastics programme to encourage children with disabilities to join KGA, and experience the benefits of the sport. The coaches have all received training through Gymnastics Ireland disability modules and CARA inclusion training. The GymABLE classes are designed for children with physical disabilities, children with Intellectual disabilities, with Down Syndrome and children with ASD. For more information email email@example.com.
Trampolining is a gymnastics discipline and recognised Olympic sport. It is one of the most exciting sports there is! Like Artistic gymnastics there are so many benefits from increasing strength and endurance to teaching persistence, developing motor skills to general fitness and core strength which are essential for the sport. Above all trampolining is FUN! Maybe your child already enjoys bouncing on their trampoline at home and you want them to learn skills correctly and safely in a controlled environment or perhaps your child hasn’t yet found the sport for them or they may not find team sports enjoyable, trampolining may be it! Suitable for both boys and girls, especially for teenagers!
Children who join recreational Trampolining classes may also be invited to join our Competitive Trampolining Teams.
Parent & Child
NOT CURRENTLY RUNNING (Feb ’22) These 1 hour sessions run over the school term and allow your child to discover the world of gymnastics with you by their side. You will enjoy unstructured play in a friendly setting with coach guidance on hand. These sessions give parents the chance to have fun with their young children in a safe and stimulating gymnastic environment! Children have 1 hour of unstructured play becoming familiar with the equipment. Parents attend with children and there are always qualified coaches in attendance to assist and advise but during this session parents are responsible for their children. Suitable for young children from crawlers, furniture surfers to walkers!
Invite Only Stream
The following classes are invite only at the discretion of the coaching team. Gymnasts showing above average skill level and potential may be invited to attend. Gymnasts in this stream train 4 terms through the year, not taking a break for the summer. All of these programs require the gymnasts to be focused, disciplined and to have the ability to listen to corrections and apply them. Our invite only stream caters for girls and boys and allows gymnasts to follow a route in Woman’s Artistic Gymnastics (WAG),Men’s Artistic Gymnastics (MAG) and Trampolining (TRA).
Gymnasts within this program will train towards higher level skills at a slightly faster pace than the general recreation classes and will take part in In House competitions. Currently our Advanced Team train 2 hours per week. Gymnasts from this group also have the opportunity to progress to our Competitive Advanced Recreation group, training 3-6 hours per week taking part in Gymnastics Ireland Competitions. In the past younger gymnasts in our Advanced Recreation program, or gymnasts showing strong talent and quick skill development have also joined our Competitive Squad (training 8 – 16 hours per week).
Competitive Advanced Recreation
Gymnasts within this program train towards high level skills at a much faster pace than other classes within our Recreation Stream, training 3-6 hours per week. Gymnasts take part in Gymnastics Ireland competitions and must show natural ability in strength, flexibility and skill development. This is often an alternative route to our competitive squad for gymnasts who cannot commit to the hours needed, or who are ready involved heavily in other sports. It is also the perfect route for gymnasts who came to the sport later in life but show great natural ability and potential for development.
Girls aged 3-5 showing a natural ability and talent for artistic gymnastics are invited to Petite Potentials to begin working on the very basics of gymnastics including coordination, presentation, shaping. This, along with learning to focus, take instruction and implementing corrections are key to competitive gymnastics.
Gymnasts from Petite Potentials moved forward to Pre-Squad when ready (girls aged 4-6). This program places a strong focus on the fundamentals of gymnastics, shaping, strength, power, flexibility to lay down the foundations for fast paced skill development as the gymnasts grow older and move into Squad.
Boys age 4-7 showing a natural ability and talent for artistic gymnastics are invited to begin working on the very basics of gymnastics including coordination, presentation, shaping. This, along with learning to focus, take instruction and implementing corrections are key to competitive gymnastics.
Entry level to Squad, unless showing exceptional all around potential (strength, flexibility, natural ability etc) at an older age, is aged 6. Squad gymnasts must train 4 terms per year at a high, fast paced level including strong emphasis on strength, conditioning and flexibility. A huge amount of commitment is required on both the parents and gymnasts behalf if holding a place in the Competitive Squad. Gymnasts compete in Gymnastics Ireland competitions and train 8 – 18 hours per week. For the past 9 years our sister club Sugarloaf Gymnastics has had representation on the Irish National Squad Team. These gymnasts have competed abroad for Ireland in the UK and Switzerland bringing home medals and trophies. Gymnasts from the Competitive Squad hold many titles among them from the Gymnastics Ireland National Competitions. Entry to Squad is strictly by invite only.