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.

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

Sarah Moon and Lynne Hutchison. Photo from: City of Bath Rhythmic Gymnastics Club

Lynne Hutchison

Lynne mirrors Sarah’s belief and passion to inspire children to take part in gymnastics on a larger scale so that every child can experience the fun and benefits of the sport as she did. Lynne was fortunate enough to take part in gymnastics at school where she was discovered and progressed to Olympian at a club.

Lynne’s accolades include:

  • Competed at Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014 for England – fifth individual in ribbon final
  • TEAM GB Olympian, rhythmic gymnastics group, Olympic Games, (London) in 2012
  • Competed at Commonwealth Games Delhi 2010 for England – Bronze team medalist

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

Location: Lings Primary School, Hayeswood Road, Northampton NN3 8NN

Time: 9.00 - 11.30am

Media opportunity (live coverage and photo opportunities):

  • See real gym in action.
  • Hear Sarah Moon, Olympic Rhythmic Gymnastics Coach discuss the inspiration behind the programme and the need for a change of direction nearly four years on after the London Olympics.
  • Hear Olympian Lynne Hutchison’s story on how school gymnastics inspired her and the positive impact it has had on her life.
  • 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 Managing Director, Ronnie Heath 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.
  • 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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