Olympic Coach gets down to grass roots

real gym explodes the myths around teaching gymnastics skills and supports teachers to deliver high quality gymnastics lessons where all children can be enriched, enabled and extended in PE. This vibrant programme develops Fundamental Movement Skills via gymnastics activities providing children with a springboard for future opportunities.

real gym is an innovative, vibrant, inclusive programme which supports teachers to become competent and confident to deliver gymnastics activities and create rounded learners.

It is a new twist on gym lessons that enables every child to take part and uses gymnastics activities to develop the whole child, including their creative, personal and social skills. It’s not just gym for gym's sake but, by helping children to participate in a safe and secure environment we build their self-confidence hand in hand with improving their physical skills, leading to happier, healthier children.

Gymnastics activities prepare children for other sports and life.

Sarah Moon

real gym has been written and developed by Sarah Moon to give ALL children, the experience of fantastic gymnastics lessons. real gym is making a big impact (over 800 practitioners have taken part in the real gym programme over the last year) and this opportunity with Create Development will enable thousands of children and teachers to enjoy high quality gymnastics lessons which to date have been limited to the few rather than the many.

Sarah left the high performance sport of gymnastics as she realised that the Olympic Games in 2012 had made a huge impact, but one that needed to be developed and the way to do that was through supporting teachers in primary schools. Rather than working with a group of 10 or 100 children in a club, she believes she can support thousands of teachers a year, who in turn can reach hundreds of thousands of children each year and for years to come. Getting children passionate about physical activity through gymnastics activities would really be a legacy to be proud of.

Sarah’s accolades include:

  • Master Coach in Rhythmic Gymnastics, presented by British Gymnastics 2013
  • TEAM GB Coach for the rhythmic gymnastics group for the Olympic Games, (London) in 2012
  • Head Rhythmic Gymnastics Coach for England, for the Commonwealth Games (Delhi) in 2010

“We can’t escape the fact that in many areas the sporting world is in crisis. Now, it's more important than ever to go back to the grass roots and look at how we are nurturing a positive relationship and love of sport and PE in all young people. This is exactly what the real gym programme does. Without this new approach, the legacy that we talked about after the London 2012 Olympics will not exist.” Sarah Moon

The national launch of real gym: Tuesday, 26th April 2016

Location: Monkton Park Primary School, Sadlers Mead, Monkton Park, Wiltshire SN15 3PN

Time: 9 - 11.30am

  • See real gym in action.
  • Learn about the inspiration behind the programme and how it gives all children the opportunity to develop gymnastics skills in a fun, inclusive and holistic way.
  • Talk with Headteachers and teachers who are trained in real gym and use real gym in their PE lessons, which has had a positive impact on their pupils.
  • Create Development’s Regional Manager - South West, Matt Lloyd will also be available to explain why real gym is an important part of children’s development.
  • Watch gymnasts perform sports moves whilst performing gymnastic activities.
  • Media opportunity (live coverage and photo opportunities) - press packs will be provided.

real gym is one of Create Development’s innovative programmes to support primary school practitioners. Over 800 practitioners have taken part in the real gym programme over the last year.

Our vision is to ensure that ALL children develop a positive relationship with physical activity for life.

Our innovative training and resources support schools, families and communities to transform the culture of physical activity.

Our unique, inclusive approaches create habits and develop essential behaviours, physical literacy, emotional and thinking skills in all young children.

For further information contact: Jolene Barrett, Marketing Manager at jb@createdevelopment.co.uk or Sarah Moon at sm@createdevelopment.co.uk or on 07828 967408



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