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Youngsters jump for joy as pre-school gymnastics programme expands


As a result of the overwhelming popularity of Sport Aberdeen’s Pre-school gymnastics and Kindergym classes in the city, the programme is being expanded to meet the growing demand.

Pre-school Gymnastics is a fantastic way to keep little ones active and to help develop their motor skills. There are lots of options available from adult and child classes for children 18 months to three years and independent classes for those over the age of three.

With more than 250 new participants since August last year, it has prompted the move to offer more choice to communities across the city.

The new programme of more than 40 classes a week will be introduced in August at the start of the new school term and sees additional classes at the Alex Collie Gymnastics Performance Centre and the Beacon Centre, as well as the introduction of classes for the first time at the Kincorth Sports Centre to create opportunities in the South side of the city.

Additionally, pre-schoolers at Beacon will benefit from a recent upgrade to the venue by Robertson’s Facility Management, which sees the addition of a sunken trampoline, with landing areas into a new foam pit, guaranteed to be a huge hit with the three to five year olds!

Kindergym classes are 45 minutes long and provide a safe, fun environment where children can be active and explore the fundamentals of movement. The child works directly with their parent/guardian, alongside qualified coaches who will guide the floor and apparatus activities through the use of music and songs.

Pre-school classes are also 45 minutes long and children attend independently to learn fundamental skills of movement and basic gymnastics techniques working with qualified coaches.

Keith Gerrard, Director of Healthy and Active Communities said:

“Pre-school Gymnastics is a hugely important activity which teaches young children from 18 months to five years old fundamental skills that can be used in many other sports and activities at later stages of their lives. These types of activities also help to develop skills in critical thinking, stimulate interaction as well as boosting their general health.

“We are delighted to have been able to respond to the growing demand for classes and create more opportunities for communities across the city.”

To find out more about the range of exciting classes near you and how to book please go to the Sport Aberdeen website: