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Gymnastics in Fife
In Fife school pupils, both primary and secondary, are offered the opportunity to take part in gymnastics.
Pupils are introduced to the sport through curricular activities and many take their interest in the sport further by joining an extra curricular club ran at their school either before school, during lunchtime or after school.
Competition for Pupils in Fife
For those who wish to represent their school in Fife, there are two opportunities regionally for schools to enter teams of pupils:
1. Fife Schools Regional Heats for Floor and Vault
This team event, normally held late November, exists for primary and secondary pupils to compete in Pre-Level, Level 1, Level 2 or Level 3 competitions. The regional heats are a qualifier for the Scottish Schools Championships. Pupils are expected to perform a floor strip routine and vault as part of a team of 3 or 4 pupils (girls, boys or mixed).
The winner and runner up in each category of the regional heats are given the opportunity to represent Fife and their school at the National competition competing against other local authority areas and schools across Scotland. The National Finals are held in March (Secondary Finals) and May (Primary Finals) at Bells Sports Centre in Perth.
Fife Recent Results
Results for 2018-2019 Fife Schools Regional Heats held on 22/11/18:
Results for 2018-2019 Fife Schools Regional Heats held on 27/11/18:
Rules for these Heats are issued after school affiliation with Scottish Gymnastics.
2. Fife Secondary Schools Gymnastics League (new for 2018/2019)
This new event exists for secondary pupils to compete in Level A, Level B, Level C or Level D competitions. Pupils are expected to perform a floor strip routine and vault competing as individuals with girls and boys together. The competition is designed to encourage pupils to participate and compete at the level appropriate to their ability.
Rules can be downloaded here.
Visual demonstrations for each floor and vault skill can be watched on the Fife Schools Gymnastics League youtube channel:
High schools are split geographically across Fife feeding into 3 area based competitions. Application forms for each area are found here:
Central Fife happening on Thursday 28th February 2019 @ Levenmouth Academy
North East Fife happening on Tuesday 19th February 2019 @ Bell Baxter HS
West Fife happening on Tuesday 19th March 2019 @ St Andrews HS
The top 3 overall Floor and Vault scores at each level will qualify for the Fife Finals being held on Monday 1st April 2019.
Results for 2018-2019 Fife Secondary Schools Gymnastics league (held Feb/March/April):
-Fife Finals (no results as yet - competition not happened)
3. Fife Schools Gymnastics Festival
Exists for nursery, primary and secondary pupils to work together to produce a group display and showcase the skills pupils have been working on during participation at their schools' extra curricular club.
Performing to music with or without the use of props and costumes the festival is all about having fun and exciting a non-competitive experience whilst being part of a team. The festival is open to all and is a great reason for pupils to take part in gymnastics without the pressure of competition.
Rules for this Festival are issued by the Fife School Sport gymnastics group.
This festival is annually held in March in a facility in Central Fife.
Competition for Pupils Outwith Fife
For pupils wishing to represent their school further afield, there are two opportunities to compete in the Scottish Heats of the British Schools Gymnastics Association competitions. These competitions are organised regionally by Scottish Gymnastics:
1.School Team Competition for Floor, Vault & Group Sequence (Milano)
This is a competition, usually held in December, involves teams of 4, 5 or 6 pupils (all boys/all girls or mixed) competing in individual floor and vault, using timber framed box) plus a group sequence to music.
Pupils compete in age groups for this competition: Primary - Over 8 but under 11, Secondary - under 13, under 16 and under 19.
Qualification for the National Finals in Stoke on Trent in March require 2 school teams from each age group from different schools (regardless of placing at the regional competition) creating a regional team. Scottish Gymnastics decides on the qualifying score for representation.
2.School Team Competition on Floor & Vault (School Gym)
This competition, usually held in December, involves competing a full floor routine performed on a 12 metre square unsprung matted floor and a vault using a timber framed box.
It is a team event where 3 or 4 pupils (all boys/all girls or mixed) must attend the same school. Pupils compete in age groups: Primary - Over 8 but Under 11, Secondary - Under 14 and Under 19.
The winning team of each age group can be selected to compete at the National Finals in Stoke on Trent in May.
Regions/home countries can enter a male, a female and a mixed team in each age group at the national finals (9 teams in total). Scottish Gymnastics decides on the qualifying score for representation.
For rules applying to these competitions refer to BSGA website
Other Events for Pupils in Scotland
1. Primary and Secondary Level 3 Competition
Pupils can enter a Level 3 Floor and Vault competition. This event is a progression from the Level 2 competition held regionally in local authority areas. At present there are no regional heats requiring pupils to go direct to the Scottish National Finals held in March at Bells Sports Centre in Perth.
Pupils can enter individually or in teams of 3 or 4. Pupils require to perform a full floor routine to music as well as a vault using a timber framed box or vaulting table (pupil preference)
2. Scottish Schools Gymfest
Held in May of each year at Bells Sports Centre in Perth, Schools Gymfest is when all school gymnasts have the opportunity to perform and succeed at their own level working co-operatively with others in creative and imaginative group work by displaying their talents to family, friends and other pupils in a non-competitive, stress-free and enjoyable setting.
Rules and application forms for these events are issued after school affiliation with Scottish Gymnastics.