Gymnastics provides children with the fundamental movement skills, teaching children how to jump, hop, skip, run, roll, swing, throw, catch and land safely, amongst many others. All the vital skills required to participate in any sport.
LaunchPad is the national participation initiative between Gymnastics Australia and the Australian Sports Commission. LaunchPad introduces children to fundamental movement skills through gymnastics activities. These activities are sequential, easy to deliver and also require very little equipment
Furthermore, LaunchPad programs are not just a work out for kid’s bodies, but also for their brains, with activities designed to benefit learning, concentration and brain development. LaunchPad also helps develops children's social skills through team work and cooperation.
LaunchPad has been designed to fit with the current State based primary school syllabuses. LaunchPad aims to offer teachers the opportunity to align lessons to their state curriculum objectives. With the introduction of the national curriculum, Gymnastics Australia will link LaunchPad lessons to specific curriculum learning outcomes explicitly in due course.
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The Fundamental Gymnastics – LaunchPad: Ignite Workshop is an introduction for teachers and pre-service teachers, into the basics of gymnastics. Providing teachers with a framework for daily physical activity, which enhances the development of fundamental motor skills and also gives practical experience in the organisation and delivery of gymnastics based fundamental movement sessions.
LaunchPad: Ignite! Is a 4 hour (adjust to suit your state) workshop (1 hr online module + 3 hour face to face) covering modules in Neuro-nastics (brain development and movement) and each of the Dominant Movement Patterns (DMPs). This workshop aims to give teachers the knowledge you need to deliver LaunchPad programs in schools. The LaunchPad Ignite! workshop is the minimum requirement for teachers delivering gymnastics in the Sporting Schools program. Very practical and lots of fun, LaunchPad Ignite! will get you and your students moving!
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Although the LaunchPad initiative is focused on the 0-12 year old age group, this course will provide all teachers with the knowledge of the basic building blocks of gymnastics and overall movement. There will be lots of useful activities that can be incorporated and adapted into school programs in order to teach the basics, for students to master before progressing to more complex skills.
On completion of the LaunchPad: Ignite workshop, this will enable teachers/pre-service teachers to progress to the intermediate coaching course, and therefore will be exempt from the following in the Gymnastics Australia coaching framework (please refer to the diagram below):
- Beginner Course (Online and face to face components)
- Intermediate pre-course workbook
- Intermediate 20 hours of supervised coaching
For further information, please contact Gymnastics Queensland on 07 3036 5600.
Gymnastics Queensland currently delivers the Fundamental Gymnastics – LaunchPad: Ignite Workshop through Queensland Government Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing, Get Active Queensland Accreditation Program (GAQAP).
For details of the next LaunchPad: Ignite! Workshop in your area and how to register please visit, http://nprsr.qld.gov.au/community-programs/education-training/accreditation-program/index.html.
If you are interested in holding a LaunchPad: Ignite Workshop in your area and one has not already been scheduled, or simply looking to engage with a local gymnastics club please contact Development Team by email email@example.com.