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For the love of Virtue

“I love gymnastics because it has no citizenship. However, it has its own Universal language that any child can understand no matter where they live.”

– Maria Filatova, two time Olympic champion

As the month of love comes to an end we thought what a perfect excuse to reflect on all the things we love about gymnastics…

We love every single thing about the sport of gymnastics. For most of the coaching team, gymnastics has been in our lives since we were children. Getting to coach the younger generations really is a dream come true. As coaches we literally never stop learning. it is our job to expand our knowledge finding new methods and techniques,  as well as building rapports with each person we get to teach or work alongside, and the best part of it is that love never gets old! 

We wanted to get everyone in our club involved and feel the love so we sent out a little task… so we asked our members to create a heart for Virtue to show exactly what Virtue and gymnastics means to them and why they love being a part of the family as much as we do. The designs we received were immense and we loved reading and seeing just how much Virtue Gymnastics means to you all!!

Virtue wall of hearts

 

More than movement

As much as we love the sport of gymnastics, there is so much more to it than just movement! Many people may think expanding their gymnastics ability is the most important thing we do at Virtue, which of course is a key factor, however, that isn’t our only priority. We also aim to help children develop traits that they are able to use in their everyday life; we strive to offer more than just movement. 

There are so many benefits of doing gymnastics have a read for yourself. As a club, we ensure we do things to achieve all the benefits listed in the link above, and so much more! Gymnastics will provide you with the obvious benefits; building strength, flexibility and skills, to the not so obvious; boosting confidence, social skills and self-esteem….. the list truly is endless.

One thing we especially love is watching these benefits blossom in our members, seeing them grow and mature over time into the amazing people we have helped them become will never ever get boring.

“I love being a part of Virtue. In 4 years, I have learnt so much both physically and mentally. The best thing I love about it is as soon as you step into the gym the room is filled with laughter and smiles. It’s such a positive atmosphere to be in. It’s a space where I can get away from everything else and has brought out my confidence so much. I’m not that shy girl that couldn’t talk to anyone anymore. I’m able to be my goofy side around the girls knowing that it’s a safe place with no judgement.

I love that the coaches are always there for you through good and bad no matter what it is. Team Virtue has given me a lot of things from medals, trophy’s, best friends, but the biggest thing it has done is create the person I am today, and I couldn’t be happier in myself.”

Courtney, Virtue girls squad gymnast

“Even if kids don’t love gymnastics, if they start at any age with some classes, they can learn so many different things — they can build a lot of character, strength, flexibility, and courage. Hopefully, they can also develop a sense of fearlessness.”

– Nastia Liukin, five-time Olympic medalist

Anyone who loves gymnastics knows it is a very disciplined sport. When learning new skills it is vital gymnasts are concentrated and remain focused. Keeping gymnasts engaged but also making sure they are aware of what they need to do in order to stay safe is essential for us coaches. At the same time as developing discipline, gymnasts are also growing in so many other areas too. As mentioned as well as the physical aspects they are also broadening their coordination skills, motivation and self discipline which in turn fosters confidence all whilst having fun!

Courage is a love affair with the unknown

On many different occasions in our classes at all ages, levels and abilities, our members come face to face at some point with; courage. They encounter things that pushes them out of their comfort zone. They have to trust in themselves as well as trusting in their coach. One thing we LOVE about this is when we, as coaches, get to witness our gymnasts master something. Watching all their hard work pay off no matter how small is so rewarding.

When you accomplish something you’ve been trying to do for a while it feels so empowering. You literally feel invincible! And seeing our gymnasts with that feeling is just incredible. We love it!

“ I love my tumble sessions at Virtue because I am ALWAYS learning new skills and it is really fun. We do mindset sessions together too and they have really helped me overcome my fears of learning new skills and to help me always think positive! My coaches are the best, they are always there to help me.”

Daisy, tumble gymnast

Learning to love Zoom

It’s important for us as a club to make sure the sessions we are providing are different and fun every week and most importantly that the children love them just as much as we do. We aim to ensure the members always have fun whilst progressing as well as having something to look forward to for the following session.

Throughout lockdown, we have been teaching online classes. As you can imagine is a lot different to being in a gym. Zoom definitely presents challenges of its own but we have all learnt to love it! Zoom enables us to focus on foundations, perfect shapes, prep skills as well as play fun games and most importantly enjoy our time together.

To keep things exciting on Zoom, as well as presenting a ‘star of the session’ certificate at the end of each session, we also have a challenge of the week. The kids have a week to try and complete the challenge and then they get to show us at the start of the next class. Not only does this give them something to work towards but they simply love showing the coaches how they have done the following week.

Family love

People like sports and clubs because they provide a sense of belonging. In our classes, whether on Zoom or in the gym, we provide a safe space for everyone, physically, emotionally, socially and mentally. A place where people can ‘escape’ from their day to day. We aim to give our members a positive outlet for their emotions.

We are always open with our members and welcome their feedback, good or bad. Regularly we ask for their opinions and advice because together we will make our gym the best it can be.

We asked a few of our members some questions for this blog and we were filled with love from their responses.

How do you feel about being in Team Virtue?

“Excited – every session is different and make me want to come more. I learn something new every session! I also love seeing Celine who has always been there through the highs and lows with me”

Mary-Ann, Elite Aerobic gymnast

Why did you decide to put your child into gymnastics?

“We decided to sign our daughter up for gymnastics as we noticed how much she enjoyed attempting ‘roll polys’ and handstands at home, monkey bars and cartwheels on the beach! Her gymnastics sessions help develop these skills safety, build up strength and balance. Most importantly they develop her confidence to push her body whilst having lots of fun at the same time.”

Recreational parent

What do you and your child look forward to each session?

“I look forward to watching Shelley and running, and playing games and doing backward rolls”

“As a parent I look forward to seeing the progress Summer makes each week. Throughout lockdown her gymnastics has been a real highlight! I can’t thank Shelley and Kara enough for all their hard work.”

Summer a preschool gymnast and her Mum

What do you love most about doing gymnastics at Virtue?

‘I like that it is fun and challenging and I can try new things and see if I can get good at them. I love my coaches because they do really fun games and they are kind. When we can go into classes I like it because we can try the equipment and I LOVE my sparkly uniform!’

Rec 1 gymnast Mellie

All members are our family and want each of them to be the best version of themselves. Many of the coaches will use the term ‘our kids’ when talking about the class they teach. Working closely with them and watching them blossom is such a wonderful feeling. We truly have their best interest at heart and want nothing but the absolute best for them. 

So what is the relevance of love in our sport? 

Simply Everything!

  • VALUES | Love for the endless values it teaches
  • JOY | Love for the sport and the exhilaration and joy it brings
  • BENEFITS | Love for the immense contribution to our mental and physical health and wellbeing
  • HUMANITY | Love for inclusion and acceptance

We love to be able to provide a service that is much more than just gymnastics 🖤

Sit tight for blog #5…

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