At Boroondara Sports Complex, we're determined to make gymnastics accessible for everyone. We offer a range of programs for children with intellectual disabilities of preschool age and throughout their school years. 

Our state of the art gymnastics facility is fully equipped with a sprung floor, trampolines, swinging ropes, rings, bars, balance beams and more.

Children who participate in gymnastics will benefit from:

  • Enhanced development of fundamental movement patterns
  • Enhanced flexibility
  • The ability to learn how to jump, land and fall safely
  • Increase in balance
  • An increase to both aerobic and anaerobic endurance
  • Unique long-term bone forming and strengthening advantages
  • Building self-esteem, preparing the body and mind for life’s challenges

Interested in joining our Gymnastics program?

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Program Levels

 

PlayGym - Autism Spectrum Friendly (ASD)

Ages: 9 months - 5 years

Class Duration: 45 minutes

ASD PlayGym is an inclusive gymnastics session designed for children who are on the Autism Spectrum.

Children are provided a space to climb, jump, swing and explore activities at their own pace. No music plays during the classes, a sensory calm-down room is available, and classes are limited to 15 children.

A staff member is available throughout the session to offer assistance and guidance where needed, however active supervision and participation from a parent or guardian is required.

To preserve a sensory neutral environment children under nine months old are not permitted in the gymnastics studio during ASD PlayGym sessions.

Please note: ASD PlayGym is not run on an ongoing basis. We are currently accepting expressions of interest this program which can be submitted via email to bsc.gymnastics@ymca.org.au.

GoZone

Ages: 5+ years

Class Duration: 45 minutes

GoZone is a therapeutic gymnastics program providing children with physical or intellectual disabilities the opportunity to participate in gymnastics.

GoZone is tailored to the individual needs of each participant, providing an engaging and supportive environment for children to develop balance, confident body movement, functional strength and flexibility.

Special Olympics

Ages: 8+ years

Class Duration: 45 minutes

Our Special Olympics Gymnastics program is designed for gymnasts with intellectual disabilities and allows the opportunity to develop physical fitness, strength, balance, flexibility, coordination, confidence and friendships.

Participants learn routines which they can perform at various Special Olympics competitions throughout the year.

Frequently asked questions

  • How can my child change or upgrade to a new class?
    Participants may change their class day or time, or upgrade to a new level at any time during or at the end of a term. Once the participant displays 70-80% competency in the skills for their current level, as per the Gymsafe/LaunchPad curriculum, the coach will issue them with a ‘level transfer’ notice and ‘level passed’ certificate. This notice must then be taken to reception to make and confirm the relevant changes. Changes will not be made automatically. Upgrades and changes are dependent on class availability. Additional fees may be applicable when changing classes or increasing the number of training hours.
  • What should my child wear?
    Balwyn Gymnastics Club requires participants to wear comfortable, appropriately sized active wear to all gymnastics programs. Participants are not permitted to wear socks, shoes, denim, dresses, skirts or stockings while participating in classes. No jewellery should be worn by participants, as this has the potential to cause injury to the gymnast/coach and may damage apparatus. Earrings should not be worn, however small studs are acceptable.

    Hair should be tied back neatly and should not get into the participants eyes or face. Coloured hair spray is not permitted. For older gymnasts, deodorant is required.

    A club hoodie, leotard (sleeveless or long sleeved design) and club T-shirt are available for all participants in the program to purchase at an additional cost. Please see reception for further information.
  • Can I take photos of my child?
    Balwyn Gymnastics Club does not permit parents, guardians, spectators or participants to take photographs of children participating in gymnastics programs. YMCA is committed to the safeguarding of children and young people. We are aware that photography and video can be misused for inappropriate purposes, and by prohibiting this behaviour, can minimise the risk of misuse within our programs.

    Full details of the YMCA Safeguarding Children and Young People can be obtained on request at the centre, or online at victoria.ymca.org.au/privacy-policy/safeguarding-children.html