Childrens Book on gymnsatics
Childrens Book on gymnsatics

The launch of our Volume 1: Floor Skills DVD sending us Head Over Heels!



Following the success of Head Over Heels About Gymnastics Floor Skills and the accompanying App we decided to launch our first Gymnastics DVD. The lovely Harry and Charles from Plato Video worked tirelessly with us to create this fantastic addition to our growing collection of Gymnastics Books, Apps an now DVD’s.

Whether you’re a coach, PE teacher, parent or even a budding gymnast yourself, this DVD contains everything you need to know about developing a range of essential gymnastics skills.

High quality clips guide the gymnasts through a multitude of floor skills under the expert tuition of Gemma Coles, Head Coach of Head Over Heels Gymnastics. The clips break down the skills in detail with slow motion features for the more advanced skills. The featured gymnasts range in ability and provide achievable gymnastics results whether you are new to the sport or an advanced gymnast.

Check out this sample tutorial from our YouTube:

This is my son who was super excited to see his mummy on the TV!



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Make sure there is no daylight appearing under your back.

Tighten your tummy muscles.

Have your feet and shoulders slightly off the floor.

To develop your Dish, raise your arms to your ears;


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Only move onto this skill if your Dish is correct and there is no gap under your back.

Keep your shoulders rounded and your arms straight.

How to teach forward rolls to apprehensive children



Why some children find it hard to roll in gymnastics and how can we help them improve.

Some children are very scared to roll forwards, taking their body weight over their heads. I think we underestimate how frightening this action can feel to those more cautious. I am an ex-gymnast and would happily still demonstrate this skill, however, if you asked most adults I am sure few would oblige. We must therefore consider this in our teaching and be considerate of those that are apprehensive. Being cautious is normal and more common than you would think.

I would always get any child that is apprehensive to start rolling by rocking backwards an forwards and side to side in a ball. Let the gymnast experience the sensation and the earlier in age that they have a go, much the better. Some children may be very late to attempt any of these skills and this may be a large factor in their nervousness.

Once they have had lots of goes at the rocking, I would ask the child to then rock backwards and forwards and stand up without using their hands. Hands should be stretched out in front and then lifted to their ears to finish standing. If the child is unable to do this raise the platform that they are rolling on so that standing is easier. The end of a bench is really good for this or a little wedge. This may be all that some children will be happy to perform for a number of weeks until their confidence builds. Attempt the forthcoming techniques but I would recommend not insisting that they must perform skills that they are unsure of.

The next progression that I take my gymnasts through are as follows; rolling down an incline wedged mats and benches are ideal forroll down a wedge this. If you are using a bench have the gymnast kneel on the end with their hands on the floor and their heads tucked in so that their chin is on their chest. Gently guide their hips over their heads remembering that this is the sensation that can be frightening. By you guiding over their hips, you may provide all the reassurance they need to time accomplish this skill. Once they can perform this motion they will be away and their confidence will build every time they perform the action. As confidence grows, start to bring in the techniques encourage standing up as you did in the earlier progressions. Hands should not go on the floor as they stand they should be in front and then lifted to the ears.

As the children accomplish these activities slowly bring the children onto the floor, ideally have different stations for the children to work on. This will enable the different abilities to all have the opportunity to develop and not make you rush children’s learning. When the children start on the floor I have used a technique where they keep their bottom high and their hands right next to their feet  – not crouching down as a technically correct, rolimages (43)l would normally be taught. This allows the hips to be high at the beginning of the skill, helping the child get their body weight over their shoulders. Once they can easily then perform the roll you can then teach them to crouch and reach into the skill.

If you allow time and be patient with rolling I have found that most children will eventually be able to perform and nice forward rolls will follow. In my fifteen years of teaching, I haven’t yet met a child that I haven’t been able to teach this skill yet….! I hope this advice is helpful and your children enjoy these activities. Let me know how you get on.

Please see more useful hints and tips on our TES Resources



Frog Balance

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Crouch down resting your knees on your elbows.

Tip forwards lifting your feet off the ground.

Point your toes.


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Keep your standing leg straight.

Lift your back foot above hip height,

Resist the temptation to lean forwards.

Keep your shoulders and chest lifted.

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Gymnastics Learning Book

This book is a learning tool that helps children with the fundamental building blocks of gymnastics. This book teaches all of the basics for gymnastics, if you want a book that you can instantly pick up and have your child cartwheeling and getting active with then this is the book for you. The book is designed with all the correct techniques and endorsed by fully qualified gymnastics coaches currently teaching the sport.You will find this book helpful, easy to understand and fun.