Gymnastics – the fastest growing sport in Victoria!
Gymnastics is the fastest growing major participation sport for kids in Victoria according to AusPlay data released by Sport Australia.
Gymnastics participation has grown by 59.79% since 2016, with 128,248 Victorian children between 0-14 participating in Gymnastics outside of school hours during 2018. Gymnastics Victoria estimates the total number of Gymnastics participants across the state to be close to 750,000.
The AusPlay report is the most comprehensive sport and physical activity survey across the country. In the report, Gymnastics is shown to be more popular among Victorian children aged between 0-14 group than dancing, soccer, tennis, netball, cricket and athletics!
So why is Gymnastics participation so important for kids?
Because there is no better sport than gymnastics for developing fundamental movement skills for children. Fundamental movement skills, also known as ‘physical literacy’, allows kids to master basic movement skills like balancing, climbing, jumping, rolling, leaping and swinging – which help to improve confidence and performance in all sports and physical activities throughout life!
Developing physical literacy, ensures our kids grow up with the basic skills they need to be physically active throughout life, leading to a healthier generation and less obesity related diseases. Also, research shows positive links between fundamental movement skills and a child’s social skills, confidence and academic performance. The benefits are endless!
At BK’s, we are so proud to deliver family-friendly facilities that caters for the ever growing demand for gymnastics classes.