Gymnastics: The Best Sport for Children
There are many sports for children to choose from in Ballarat, and many sporting clubs to join. So why should kids do gymnastics?
Why Gymnastics is Good for Kids
Gymnastics is a sport about body control. To perform gymnastics skills an individual uses only their muscles to change their body shape.
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.
A Sport for Toddlers Too!
Gymnastics is one of the only sports children can start as soon as they can walk, in fact! Children can’t do football or netball as a toddler, for example. However, in a gymnastics class, your child can learn how to climb, jump, flip, bounce, and land safely!
Gymnastics is a Fun Sport for Kids!
The number one reason to do gymnastics is that it’s fun! But there are many more! Where else can children run, jump, bounce, swing, and flip all in one class?
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.Eureka Gymnastics Club Mission Statement
The Benefits of Gymnastics
Besides being fun, gymnastics has many benefits for kids of all ages, and it builds many other qualities in children.
Build 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 nearly every activity in gymnastics requires a gymnast to carry or hold their own body weight on either their feet or their hands.
Grow in Self-Confidence
Gymnastics teaches children to believe in themselves and grow in their ability to do things. For example, walking across a 10 cm beam gets easier with practice.
Goal Setting and Discipline
Learning how to set 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. Gymnasts learn to have the discipline and commitment to attend every class. In addition, athletes acquire the determination to push through fears to achieve new skills.
Learn to Overcome Fear
Additionally, 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 practice. 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.
Improved Motor Skill Development and Accelerates Learning
In gymnastics training, athletes learn how to strategically fall, and are constantly making minor adjustments in movements. In fact, these constant adjustments allow gymnasts to become more aware of movements and their consequences. This improves coordination and accelerates the learning of fine motor skills.
Our Goals at Eureka Gymnastics
At Eureka, we aim to give children the opportunity to reach their full potential.
- 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
Why Join Eureka Gymnastics Club?
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!
A Gymsport for Everyone
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 classes in the following gymsports:
- Gymnastics for All
- Men’s Artistic Gymnastics
- Women’s Artistic Gymnastics
Eureka Gymnastics Club strives to be the leading Gymnastics Club in regional VictoriaOur Vision Statement
Under 5s: Gymnastics for Toddlers
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: Gymnastics Classes for Kids 5 and up
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.
Men’s and Women’s Artistic Gymnastics
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.