Men's Artistic Gymnastics
Men's Artistic Gymnastics is the oldest discipline in the sport stretching back to the
Athens Olympics in 1896, which was the first major competition. Since then it has
developed and now men compete on 6 pieces of apparatus - floor, pommel horse,
rings, vault, parallel bars and high bar.
Nationally in Men's gymnastics there are two main competitive pathways - club level
and elite level. In this system boys train to compete at different levels based on their
age and ability and can transfer from club to elite level and back according to their
level of performance.
The Men's Artistic Squad is a relatively new squad at Bulmershe and is developing
under the leadership of Dave Gordon, Head Coach of Men's Artistic.
Boys who show an aptitude for gymnastics are selected at age 4 from our preschool
(Leap Frogs) classes to join the Club's pre-junior elite (PJ's) programme. At age 6
they will be assessed for the Development or Junior squads.
Development Squad gymnasts are boys aged between 6 and 8 years who have shown
potential to progress to the junior squad.
Junior and Senior squads are for boys aged from 6 to 14 years. They train up to
three times a week for between 5 and 10 hours. Training hours are likely to increase
in the future as we work towards regional and national level competitions. All squad
gymnasts follow the elite programme but may be selected to compete at club level
depending on their attainment of skills, as the set routines and gymnastics skills must
be performed to the highest standard.
The club occasionally runs open trials for Men's Artistic so if you are interested
or require further information please contact us on 0118 926 3686 or email
For further information see http://www.british-gymnastics.org/discover/mens-artistic.