"Gymnastics is to sport what the alphabet is to reading."
LaunchPad is the name for Gymnastics Australia’s junior recreational gymnastics programs.
LaunchPad programs are all about teaching children the fundamental movement skills they need to lead an active and healthy life full of sport and recreation. Designed to give children the opportunity to practise, develop and enjoy moving through a wide-range of activities, LaunchPad programs will help them to develop physically, socially and cognitively.
LaunchPad programs rely on safe and enjoyable activities that challenge participants relative to their abilities and stage of development. Many of the games and activities in LaunchPad programs are based on what fundamental gymnastics coaches around the world have been delivering for years. Importantly, research tells us that children who have these fundamental skills are far more likely to participate in sport and recreation throughout life.
Fundamental Movement Skill activities benefit children through providing:
· A foundation for lifelong participation in sport and recreation
· A foundation for future participation in gymnastics
· Optimised activities for brain and body development
The LaunchPad initiative involves three developmental stage appropriate, programs:
· KinderGym (0 - 5)
· GymFun (5 - 8)
· GymSkills (8 - 12)
Each program is supported by resources and ‘ easy to use’ lesson plans for coaches and teachers that are safe, fun and require minimal equipment.
To find out more or to get involved visit the LaunchPad website .