Gymnastics is the Best Sport for Kids
There are many sports for children to choose from in Ballarat, and many sporting clubs to join. So why should kids do gymnastics? The number one reason: it’s fun! Where else can children run, jump, bounce, swing and flip all in one class?
What is Gymnastics?
Gymnastics is a sport about body control. To perform gymnastics skills an individual uses only their muscles to change their body shape. In fact, gymnastics is one of the only sports children can start as soon as they can walk! Children can’t do football or netball as a toddler. But in a gymnastics class, your child can learn how to climb and jump and flip and bounce and land safely.
Gymnastics lessons teach kids coordination, balance, strength, and build confidence and flexibility, and they’re great fun! In addition, gymnastics has non-physical benefits too and helps children with school, social interaction, and even other sports. In fact, many of the world’s best athletes started in gymnastics.
To provide a fun and safe recreational and competitive gymnastics experience which is welcoming to all and inspires excellence in everyone who is associated with Eureka Gymnastics Club.Our Mission Statement
Why Join Eureka?
From kids looking for something to do on their free night every week to those who want to represent Victoria, Eureka has great classes for everyone!
We run the following gymsports:
- Gymnastics for All
- Men’s Artistic Gymnastics
- Women’s Artistic Gymnastics
We are a not for profit club, which means all our income goes to one of three things: coaches wages, building expenses, or new equipment and coach development. All our resources go towards making this club the best it can be for the people it is really for: the children of Ballarat!
Eureka Gymnastics Club strives to be the leading Gymnastics Club in regional VictoriaOur Vision Statement
Gymnastics for Kids of all Abilities
We are a gymnastics club for everyone, from the young to the young at heart! Our classes for Under 5s teach the fundamentals of gymnastics! Gymnastics skills help your child develop their gross motor skills, balance, and coordination. There are fantastic side benefits for young children too! For example, they learn to be away from their parents and take instructions from another adult.
Gymstar classes are for school-age children where they can learn gymnastics skills on vault, uneven bars, balance beam, parallel bars, rings, and floor. The Gymstar program is made up of ten levels, kids learn the fundamentals and build on them in as they move through each level. Gymnasts in advanced classes can show off the skills they have learnt at competitions throughout Victoria. The Gymstar routines and levels are set by Gymnastics Victoria.
We run incredibly competitive Women’s Artistic and Men’s Artistic programs and have had success at every level including gymnasts who have won medals at Regional Championships, Victorian Championships, Australian Championships and even competitions overseas. Eureka is the only club in Ballarat to have gymnasts and coaches selected to represent Victoria.
What do Kids get out of Gymnastics Classes?
Gymnastics has many benefits: it builds strength and flexibility, it develops confidence and balance, and it teaches kids about goal setting and overcoming fear.
- Strive for excellence in all aspects of gymnastics
- Provide the opportunity for participants to compete at local, state and national levels
- Provide inclusive participation in local sport for everyone
Strength and Flexibility
One of the biggest benefits of gymnastics is building strength! In general, gymnasts are stronger than most other children of a similar age. This is because every activity in gymnastics involves carrying your own body weight – on either your feet or your hands, and sometimes both!
Gymnastics teaches children to believe in themselves and grow in their ability to do things. With practice, walking across a 10 cm beam gets easier.
Setting and achieving goals for yourself is an important life skill, and this is a key component of gymnastics training. To achieve a skill, kids need to learn how to take what their coach tells them and implement it.
Just as importantly, gymnastics gives children the tools to overcome fear. For example, although jumping from one bar to catch another bar might be scary some children learn how to overcome that fear through regular practise. Through gymnastics training, children learn how to overcome difficult problems. This is an important skill for kids to have in school, in their social life, and in their working life later on.