British Colleges Sport works closely with British Gymnastics to
provide Colleges the chance to participate in Gymnastic events to
help promote it and gain student interest. Development
opportunities are also provided to coaches' to widen their
knowledge on the sport and different coaching techniques.
Information will be made available to colleges when the next event
Regional & National
Trampolining events are run at our National Championships for
our full member Colleges. Participants selected to represent their
region will compete as a regional team of six, of whom five shall
count (2 x teams per region, one male, and one female).
Colleges have the chance to qualify for this by taking part in
their regional events.
Please visit: http://champs.bcsport.org -
our micro site which covers all things in relation to our Regional
and National championships events.
THE ORIGINS OF GYMNASTICS
first depiction of gymnastics, known by historians, derives from
Egyptian artefacts which date back to 2000 BC. In 800 BC gymnastics
became a popular sport with the Greeks who used marked courtyards
known as gymnasias for jumping, running and wrestling. With the
conquest of the Romans there became more of an emphasis on military
training over and above physical exercise and the wooden horse was
introduced, the early version of the vaulting horse used in
artistic gymnastics today.
The Romans also practised horse mounting skills during their
training which accounts for the emphasis placed on the way in which
a gymnast mounts and dismounts their apparatus at the beginning and
end of routines. The domination of the Romans brought with it an
end to the Olympic Games, causing the demise of gymnastics as a
sport. It wasn't until the 19th century that gymnastics was
introduced to modern society by Johann Friedrich Gutsmuth and
Friedrich Ludwig Jahn, who developed a series of physical exercises
designed for German schoolboys, centred around various pieces of
In 1896 gymnastics was included as an official sport in
the first modern Olympic Games although the events classified as
gymnastics were far removed from the display or rhythmic
gymnastics, familiar to today's audiences and included some track
and field events which are now classified as athletics. Women's
gymnastics emerged during the 1920's, entering international
competition at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics.