Two aspiring coaches have been learning how to teach gymnastics during the ‘new normal’.
Ellie Court and Charlie Williams, both 13, were among more than 100 young people, aged between 11 and 16, to take part in the young sport leader sessions run by governing body Welsh Gymnastics.
The workshops were held remotely during the school summer holidays, using video conferencing app Zoom.
The duo, who belong to Crumlin-based Valleys Gymnastics Academy (VGA), were two of the ten coaches who earned special recognition from Welsh Gymnastics following the sessions.
The sessions covered topics such as the impact of coronavirus on gymnastics clubs and coaching, as well as social distancing.
The coaches took part in weekly tasks to develop their skills, as well as a range of presentations, quizzes and discussions.
VGA’s Ruby Bailey, Zoe Jones and Mia Vaughan also took part in the workshops.
Ellie said: “My favourite workshop was the ‘new normal’. This made me more aware of the current situation and how it impacted in gymnastics.
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“From this session I gained more confidence and a better understanding on how to lead through the pandemic.”
Meanwhile Welsh Gymnastics’ club and community officer, Kathryn Cope, said: “The online sessions have been a wonderful opportunity to get so many young people from across Wales collaborating, sharing ideas, and supporting one another and develop their leaderships skills.
“As the tutor of these sessions, I have been so proud of the leaders who have engaged and contributed.
“I am excited for the future of gymnastics in Wales and to see them become coaches of the future.”
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