Cheshire Academy Rhythmic Gymnastics Club
Felicity Martin Special Olympic World Champion
What is Rhythmic Gymnastics
Rhythmic Gymnastics is a branch of gymnastics where gymnasts perform routines using hand apparatus which includes Ribbons, Balls, Ropes, Clubs, Hoop and Balls. Routines are performed to music and the Cheshire Academy club welcomed children from beginners upwards. Although it is usually girls who compete the sport is open to boys who are wheelchair users and who wish to compete at the Special Olympic A and B levels.
What our club offers
The Cheshire Academy Rhythmic Gymnastics Club specialise in enabling children and young adults with Physical disabilities, Learning and intellectual disabilities, children who are hearing and visually impaired and registered blind. Our club also welcomes children and young adults who are Wheelchair Users. We train children and young adults from beginner level up to national championship level.
Victoria Perez scored two 'Perfect Scores' during 2012 Competition season
When was the club formed
The Cheshire Academy Rhythmic Gymnastics Club was formed in 1994 specifically for children with disabilities and it has a formidable national and international reputation in the field of disability rhythmic gymnastics.
Why is rhythmic gymnastics so good for children with disabilities
Rhythmic gymnastics is excellent at developing hand to eye coordination, balance, gross and fine motor skills as well as helping develop memory and sequencing skills. It also develops patience and self control. The children train in a groups of similar ability and it is a great place to come along to meet and make new friends.
Kirsty Robertson Special Olympic World Games silver medallist
What sort of disabilities does the club cater for
The Rhythmic Gymnastics club is attended by children and young adults with Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Downs Syndrome, Williams Syndrome, and with a range of Learning an intellectual disabilities.
What about athletes who partially sighted or registered blind
The Cheshire Academy has many years of experience working with children and young adults who are partially sighted or registered blind. With patience and a very structured programme many of the athletes have gone on to compete locally, regionally and even win national titles.
What about athletes who are wheelchair users
We welcome wheelchair users (both male and female) to participate in our wheelchair rhythmic gymnastics programme. We have many years experience at developing the sport for wheelchair users.
What ages are catered for
Children aged 6 and upwards are welcome to come along and learn rhythmic gymnastics. This is open mainly to females however male wheelchair users are most welcome to attend as the sport is open to both male and female wheelchair users.
Is this sport appropriate for use in Schools
Rhythmic Gymnastics is a wonderful sport to be utilised within school for both boys and girls. It is colourful and exciting and does not require large expensive pieces of equipment, only hand apparatus and any suitable large room or hall can be used. Pupils with disabilities can easily be integrated into a class activity and skills adapted to the needs of the child. It is excellent for developing coordination and sequencing skills. It is also easy to put together colourful and dynamic displays.
What have been the clubs successes
The Academy works from beginners up to national and international level and we have won numerous British Gymnastics Association (BGA) national titles, as well as National and International titles at Special Olympics, most recently at the XIII World Special Olympic Games held in Athens in 2011 when our rhythmic gymnasts returned with 2gold,s 6 silver and 3 bronze medals and a coveted 'All Round Gold'
Jane Whetnall Team GB coach at XIII world Special Olympic games
About the Coaching Staff
Our staff are Rhythmic Gymnastics qualified. Cheshire Academy coach Jane Whetnall was Head Rhythmic Gymnastics coach for Team GB at the World Special Olympic games in Athens where Team GB return with its most successful ever medal haul.
How to contact the club
For more in formation about Rhythmic Gymnastics please contact the Cheshire Academy of Integrated Sport and Arts at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone Jane on (01270) 255355 or alternatively visit us at the Cheshire Academy on Macon Way in Crewe